The effect of caffeine on the body can be, in some people be sudden and dramatic, in others, none existent.
Coffee keeps me awake but not my fellow bedmate. Whilst I’m still wide awake at 3am he’s happily in the land of nod.
According to a BBC article dated back 2015 Coffee has a secret trick to stop sleep. Scientists say in their study, (Science Translation Medicine) showed caffeine was more than just a stimulant and actually slowed down the body’s internal clock.
One of the researchers, Dr John O’Neill, from the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, studied cells grown in a dish that was exposed to caffeine to work out how it changed their ability to keep time.
It showed the drug (caffeine) was able to alter the chemical clocks ticking away in every cell of the human body.
Meanwhile, five people at the University of Colorado Boulder, in the US, were locked in a sleep laboratory for 50 days.
And as light exposure is the main way we normally control our body clock, they spent most of their incarceration in very dim light.
In a series of experiments over the month and a half, the scientists showed that an evening dose of caffeine slowed the body clock by 40 minutes.
It (caffeine) had roughly half the impact of three hours of bright light at bedtime.
Caffeine is the worlds most popular drug, found naturally in over 60 plants including the coffee bean, tea leaf, kola nut and cacao pod. Worldwide people consume Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee a day..that’s just coffee. Caffeine also turns up in tea, cocoa, chocolate, some soft drinks, and some drugs.
While it is important to note that caffeine cannot replace sleep, it can temporarily make us feel more alert by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production.
Sleep deprivation can make you feel awful. Waking up tired, cranky and out of sorts not only affects you but also the people you come into contact with.
Finish eating at least 2-3 hours before your regular bedtime
Exercise regularly but avoid it a few hours before bedtime
Avoid caffeine (e.g. coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate) close to bedtime
Don’t smoke — not only is it a major health risk it can lead to poor sleep
Avoid alcohol close to bedtime; it can lead to disrupted sleep later in the night
~~~Don’t forget to turn off your mobile phone/laptop ~~~leave them downstairs~~~invest in an old-fashioned alarm clock~~ you managed before you had a smartphone so you can do it again (unless you are a millennial!)
You could also try swapping your last cup of coffee for a Decaf – it’s hard to find a decaf that tastes like a decent cup of coffee, I know because we’ve tried!
Good communication is as stimulating as a decent cup of coffee…… and just as hard to sleep after.
After meeting potential clients for the first time, I replay the meeting on a continuous loop… all night.
If you have the meeting set up then you have your foot in the door, now all you have to do is impress them.
Here are a few pointers:
Most importantly – do your homework on your client/their company/market they are in, a google search takes seconds but can reap huge rewards.
Chose your meeting space wisely, if it’s a cafe then is there a quiet room you can use, out of the way so you can talk in peace? If not then is your space clear of clutter but reflects your personality? Can you showcase your talent without it being too obvious – unless that’s the whole point then go for it ..show off?
Dress smartly/professionally but not out of character – you have to be comfortable too.
Be aware of your body language – you may be nervous but try not to show it. Take deep breaths, smile & enjoy it.
Start with small talk & don’t go straight into the business it will overwhelm the situation.
Decent Coffee– I know we own a coffee business but I can’t emphasise enough how little effort it takes to serve amazing tasting coffee.
Now you can talk business – make sure you have also researched their competitors & those industries aligned with their business.
Gently critique their business – what they are good at, what they are not good out, list how you can help them improve.
Ask them what they like about their business what they don’t like & what they are looking for.
Ask open-ended questions, take notes & repeat their answers so you know that the information is correct.
Only say “Yes” or agree to work with them if you are 100% sure you can deliver.
If the client has taken time out to meet with you then chances are they want to work with you.
Take all the information you have, write it down in a contractual agreement, making sure both parties understand the small print…and you are both happy with it.
Life offers us a bewildering amount of choice – Coffee is no exception.
Most of us are caught up in this new Cafe Culture, it’s sociable, it’s accessible (it’s hard on your waistline 🙄) Let’s face it if you’re new to coffee then it’s confusing.
The easiest & cheapest way to ease yourself into coffee is to buy a Cafetiere (glass & metal thing with a plunger – google it) read the info below then go shopping.
Starting with the basics – Fresh is best.
– If you don’t have a coffee bean grinder go for ground coffee (filter ground). It won’t retain its freshness as long a bean but it’s a good place to start.
– One more important point before you dash off to the supermarket (or Amazon) – Roast types:
Espresso roast – designed for espresso coffee machines
Filter roast – designed for pour over method of making coffee IE Caferiere, Aeropress, Drip fed.
and this is where it gets a murky or milky as you like – another guideline for you
If you prefer it black 🤨 then go for a Single origin coffee (from a single known geographical location – such as a farm or estate)
If you like to drink it with milk/cream go for a Blend
First, try your coffee black & add milk if you want to…. are you still with me?
Now lets chose a region from which your coffee will have originated – the worlds “Coffee Belt”
Coffee is grown in the worlds warmer latitudes between the Tropic of Cancer & Capricorn. Within this “coffee belt” there is a vast array of altitude, rainfall, sunshine & soil conditions which will alter the taste of the coffee, much like wine growing.
Central & South American coffee for chocolate flavor, clean & sweet Known for its hint of a chocolatey, nutty flavor. Brazil has a heavier bodied peanut character. Colombian coffee is mellow with a caramel or toffee taste.
East African or Arabian coffee for fruity complex flavor. East African and Arabian coffees have a bit of a fruity flavor. They do have undertones similar to a fruitier, sweeter wine. They also have a lighter taste than coffee from other regions. Ethiopian coffee has complex berry & wine-like aromas, whereas Kenya is known for its stone fruit influence.
Asian coffee for earthy, luscious flavor. If you prefer an earthier, more bitter flavor, Asian coffee is a good option. Coffees made in Asian countries tend to have an earthier, richer flavor. They will be more bitter than sweet in comparison to coffee from other regions.
Indonesian coffee for earthy, spicy flavor. Indonesian coffee has an earthy heavier bodied flavor, along with a hint of spice. If you want something bitter, but flavorsome, Indonesian coffee is an excellent choice.
The Roast & therefore the Taste
Light roast: likely to be a bit sourer than other roasts. If you dislike sweeter tasting coffees, a light roast is a good option
Medium roast: tend to best preserve flavours best during brewing. If you want to taste the distinct caramel flavour of a Colombian then go for a medium roast.
Dark roast: will diminish flavour a little. You’ll still get some of the coffee’s original flavor, but you may end up with a bittersweet aftertaste or undertones. Try it if you prefer your coffee less sweet.
A few additional points:
As coffee roasts get darker, they lose the origin flavors of the beans and take on more flavor from the roasting process.
The body of the coffee gets heavier, until the second crack, where the body again thins.
Lighter roasts have more acidity than darker roasts.
Light roasted beans are dry, while darker roasts develop oil on the bean surface.
The caffeine level decreases as the roast gets darker.
And lastly….a good coffee should provide:
Details about its origin, where it was farmed, roasted & ground.
A “roasted on” date, try and consume within a month of this date.
Check the Ethics, a large % now carry Fair Trade & Rain Forest Alliance – but just because it doesn’t have a badge, it does not mean it is unethical. Small coffee farmers maybe part of a co-operative which have set standards for fair pay etc.
Be careful Caffeine levels vary by coffee. Coffee usually has anywhere between 65 to 100 milligrams of caffeine per cup. Stronger coffee would be on the higher end of this spectrum, while weaker coffee would be on the lower end.
No Decaf coffee is 100% caffeine free so if you’re sensitive to caffeine always check the content…our decaf is delicious
I love a good cup of freshly ground coffee, sitting amongst the hipster set in our local cafe and let’s face it other than sitting with Doris in the local charity shop there isn’t anywhere else left to sit.
I am about to upset the coffee aficionados again but really what’s it all about?
Well according to coffeekind.com making a Coffee (or Brew as they say over the pond) is a science.
Approaching it scientifically it makes sense that you weight your coffee before you pour your water over it (weighed of course but in milliliters)
You’ll need equipment, of course, you can’t be weighing it on your mums kitchen scales.
That way you get the perfect brew – so what is the ration I hear you begging me for the information?
The industry says it’s 60g to 1 litre of water
Then they go onto to say that’s a starting point because if you like a stronger brew then add more coffee…not an exact science then?
“The reason we weigh coffee instead of measuring it by the scoop is because the same amount of coffee by weight takes up different amounts of volume depending on the grind. A teaspoon of coffee beans will not produce a teaspoon of ground coffee, but 15g of coffee beans will produce 15g of ground coffee, no matter how finely you grind it. In other words, when you weigh out 15g of coffee, it will always be the same amount of coffee. That’s important for the sake of getting consistent results.”
So hope it’s all clear now.
Drink whatever coffee you like.