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Decaf coffee can help you sleep

Coffee & sleep a match made in heaven or hell?

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.Decaf ground coffee

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.

How to get more sleep:

Natural Sleep Foundation recommends practicing the following sleep tips:

  • Maintain a regular bed and wake time schedule including weekends
  • Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as taking a bath or listening to music
  • Create a sleep environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool
  • Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows
  • Use your bedroom only for sleep and sex
  • 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!

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How to buy a good coffee

Coffee Selection Guide

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?

Ground coffee

 

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.
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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 

Hope this helps! …………I’m exhausted and in need of a brew.. you can shop for Crazy Cat Coffee here via Amazon.co.uk

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Crazy Cat Colombian Coffee Beans, Non Bitter, Medium Strength 3, Arabica Coffee, Full Fresh Flavour, Roasted to Perfection 250g

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How to Cold Brew coffee

How to Cold Brew Coffee

How to Cold-Brew coffee at home

Cold brew is simple and easy to make but you have to be patient because it takes time to “Brew” and bring out the taste you are looking for. So if possible make it in advance, you can store it in the fridge for a day or 2.

Cold Brew coffee

  • For starters, you need a coarse ground, same consistency as breadcrumbs. Any finer and you risk cloudy, grimy-tasting coffee.
  • Sterilise a large mason/Kilner jar (or any large receptacle with a lid). Working to roughly a 1:8 coffee-to-water ratio, place your grounds in the bottom of the jar and cover with cold water.
  • Stir gently until combined and leave to steep for 18-24 hours, either in or out of the fridge.
  • After 24hrs strain using a sieve (or muslin cloth) to remove the larger grounds. Compost the discarded grounds, and then using a cleaned sieve, strain back into the jar.
  • Repeat two or three times, until you are seeing no murky residue at the bottom as you finish your pour. If you cannot seem to sift it all out, don’t worry – it simply means your grind was too fine. Practice makes perfect with these things.
  • Serve over ice, with milk and sugar. Cover and refrigerate the rest –  if stored properly it will stay good for a month or so due to the brew’s low acidity

Tip for the perfect homebrew ☕

  1. Adjust the concentration of your cold brew coffee, making it stronger or less strong to suit your taste. Start with a ratio of 1:8 but reduce the water for a stronger cup.
  2. Use filtered water, if possible. This is just good coffee advice in general & your cup of coffee will have a cleaner, sweeter flavor if you do.
  3. Steep min 12 hours. The coffee needs this full time to fully infuse the water but too long and the coffee will start to extract their bitter flavours.
  4.  Chill your cold brew with coffee ice cube but if want a totally undiluted coffee experience? Make coffee ice cubes to chill your iced coffee!
  5. Enjoy – especially when we have some sunshine 🙄

Click the link if you would like to try our 3 Bean Coffee (medium strength 4 ) it’s perfect for Cold Brew.

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How to start a new business

From Crazy mother to Crazy Cat Coffee Ltd

From Crazy Mother to Crazy Cat Coffee

It took Time, Patience and Gin, lots of Gin…oh yes and coffee😻

Now I don’t want to lull you into a false sense of security and say I’m a coffee millionaire because that would be a downright lie and anyway I’m not trying to sell you anything.

This is where it all really started. I am  46yrs old I have resigned from my secure job. I’m sitting at home thinking “What the hell have I just done”.

Looking back I was exhausted, stressed, unable to sleep.

This is my journey.

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 What I was looking for:
My new business venture had to be home-based, flexible working hours, gave me the opportunity to build a business that would give me the financial freedom to live the life I wanted.
What I didn’t want:
A boss, cold calling, badgering family and friends to buy my products, stress, 14hr work day.
What I found:
I found my “Why”… the reason I wanted to start my own business. My why was to succeed after being made to feel that I’d failed in my last job. I wanted to prove to myself that I had the ability to provide good quality coffee at a reasonable price to other coffee lovers. And in the process I get to work from home, support my family emotionally & financial – Thats my Why.
To introduce myself, I am based in the UK with my partner Alan and our 2 children.
I am surrounded by my family and friends & having my Parents, aunts, cousins all living locally it’s fairly hectic here at weekends.
I’m a normal person living in a normal place in landlocked Leicestershire.

Crazy Cat working from home delivering delicious non-bitter coffee direct to your door.

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Did I know that there was a Global phenomenon called the “New Digital Economy” that I needed to be part of?   No, I didn’t… but I do now and that’s where I’m heading…driven by coffee!

A brief resume of how I started and where I am today. :
My career started as a Registered General Nurse after leaving school. I qualified and worked for a year to save money in order to Travel. I had to see the world and nothing was going to stop me, it took nearly 2 years for me to get the travel bug out of my system..but it didn’t work as 30yrs on I’m still itching to see parts of the world unknown to me and more importantly I want to experience it all over again with my children.
Having left the NHS I spent nearly 2 years traveling the world. Heading for home and the reality of no money, place to live or a job but I was young and didn’t stress (too much).
I contacted people I knew, who knew someone who needed a well-traveled young thing desperate for a job.
Which led to a career in merchandising with one of the UK’s most successful high street clothing retailer. Traveling, meeting people, communicating with companies all over the world was an amazing experience.
The harsh reality of being a mother.
Times change, children came along and with its priorities of a different kind. Part-time work was like gold dust and with it came an uneasy feeling that I was on borrowed time.
I knew deep down that the company didn’t want to keep on supporting part-time workers and gradually one by one the opportunities were dwindling for anyone one seeking flexible working hours.
It’s a harsh reality when after 23yrs you are faced with – stay and work full time or leave and find myself a 3rd career!
 So I left. I had an amazing year, I slept, I recovered.
Crazy Cat Coffee – fresh ground or beans
 I laughed again and more importantly decided to put something back into a community that has given much to my family and me.
This is when I started to volunteer. Part-time at the same Infants school my children attended, asking children not to pick their nose or lick the tables!
I listened to them read, corrected their spelling, got covered in glue and paint but most of all I loved it.
At the same time, I started to train as an adviser for Citizens Advice Bureau to help local people find information and support to get them through their various issues. This is something I still do to date.

Doing whatever it takes to make my Coffee business work

A year on and now I need to find paid employment. The thought of going back to retail or any job involving long hours, low pay, demanding managers made me feel physically unwell.
Hard work, earning money and keeping it – that’s where I am heading! … and to the Internet and searching for “Working from home”, “Online business” etc and found Forever Living Products. I love the products but not the business so I needed to move in another direction.
I’ve learned how to be a Marketer of online products I just needed to find something to sell -queue Alan and his bright idea of selling coffee.
It’s something we both love drinking and we had a roaster what we knew who could supply to us.
So I have a product and a supplier.
…and then it occurred to me that I didn’t need to chase customers and convince them to buy my products because if I found a product to sell on Amazon then they would do it for me using FBA or Fulfilled By Amazon.
That was my epiphany or rather this is – this is Freddie our photographers’ cat. Unfortunately, our kitten (whom the company was named after) is no longer with us) She was Crazy, fearless and frankly bonkers and we miss her dearly, she lives on in our new business.
Crazy Cat ground coffee delivering delicious, non-bitter coffee direct to your door.
 This is me now on my journey, I’m still learning, it’s a continual process.
 I’m happier helping other people to achieve what they want out of life and that’s very important to me.
Crazy Cat delicious non-bitter coffee direct to your door.
                                                 This is me!
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