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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.
Ground coffee

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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How to buy a fresh ground coffee

Why I dislike Coffee Snobbery

Coffee snobbery

Don’t get me started on dissing the Decaf.

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.

Ground coffee

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.

ground coffee
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I appear to have fallen down a rabbit hole.

I began with writing a piece on caffeine and end up with all kinds of inflammatory bowel diseases. 🤔

My intention was to highlight the effects of Ground coffee on the body.  Specifically the digestive system, it came apparent that there are lots of people out there who just cannot tolerate caffeine.

I suffer occasionally with IBS when I overload on Wheat & Dairy. Having done a little research I’m also maxed out on Coffee (which is a nightmare considering we sell the stuff).

Whilst I’m at it – rant about to happen – why do people dis the decaf?

Why is it that the “coffee snobs”  roll their eyes and decide you are some kind of philistine for asking for a decaf coffee?

My point is (when I get to it ) that Coffee & more specifically caffeine can have a detrimental impact on your health.  If you are already suffering from a debilitating digestive condition then it could make it worse.

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Reasons to reduce or ditch the coffee altogether:

1) It makes you go to the toilet more – when you’re already faced with a sensitive bowel the last thing you want is to add to the emergency.

The coffee response can be immediate or it could happen hours after you consume it. Great if you’re constipated but not so good if you are already “loose” in that department.

Researchers found that coffee promotes the release of gastrin, a hormone produced in the stomach and known to increase motor activity in the colon. But the response with decaffeinated was the same as caffeinated coffee so it must be something else.

2) Coffee reduces your ability to deal with stress – when you’re already having to cope mentally & emotionally with a debilitating disease you don’t need caffeine. If you have too much it can lead to restlessness, anxiety, irritability, and sleeplessness.

Caffeine elevates the stress hormones cortisol, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. These are the hormones that increase your heart rate and blood pressure and divert blood flow away from other bodily functions, like digestion, to prepare your body for “fight or flight.”

3) Coffee can disturb your sleep pattern – my mother in law always says that “while your body is sleeping it’s healing” at least we agree on one thing 😏

Here’s an easy explanation of why coffee affects our sleep patterns from the National Sleep Foundation

“Because caffeine is a stimulant, most people use it after waking up in the morning or to remain alert during the day. 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”

4) It may also increase chances of a “leaky gut” & trigger the Immune System. 

Or Intestinal permeability. Sounds horrible and the condition becomes very painful very fast.

Coffee beans are seeds which contain protective compounds to prevent digestion, this is how they ensure the survival of the plant species. These same compounds can cause increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut).  Coffee can also cause the immune system to exaggerate inflammation which is why coffee and other seeds are initially eliminated on the paleo autoimmune protocol (AIP).

Crazy Cat decaf coffee - all of the taste, less of the kick.

 

No Caffeine or Decaffeinated – is there a difference?

“Decaffeinated” does not mean 100% caffeine free. Most ground coffee still has between 5-10% caffeine so be careful on your choice of coffee.

Test the amount of caffeine you drink – if you have an adverse reaction then reduce it or cut it out.

But then that goes for everything we humans do be it relationships, jobs, exercise.

I say  “If it hurts don’t do it” 🤗

Our decaffeinated coffee uses the Mexican mountain washing process removes 99.5-99.9% of caffeine. It’s as close as you can get without losing the dark Italian roast strength.

If you would like to try Crazy Cat Decaffeinated Coffee it’s available via Amazon.co.uk. Click the link or the image below.

 

 

Extract from Gutsy by Nature:

Coffee beans are loaded with antioxidants—and we know that antioxidants fight off free radicals that cause damage to our cells, which can age us prematurely and potentially cause a whole host of other health issues. That said, coffee beans do lose some of their antioxidant content through the decaffeination process, but there are still some present, so it’s beneficial all the same. Apart from antioxidants, a cup of decaffeinated coffee has 2.4% of the recommended daily intake of magnesium, 4.8% of potassium and 2.5% of niacin. There are certainly some decaffeinated coffee health benefits.

gutsybynature.com

Extract from The Paleomom:
In a nutshell (er, a coffee bean husk), coffee offers a variety of pros and cons that are extremely context dependent. For many people, coffee is a fine addition to a Paleo diet (especially when consumed in moderation, in filtered form, early in the day, and with a meal rather than on an empty stomach). People with gallbladder problems, who metabolize caffeine more slowly, or who simply experience adverse side effects like an upset stomach or heartburn should proceed with caution where coffee is concerned.
References:
The Paleomom

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Ground coffee

 

 


Why is coffee bitter?

Why do some people find our non-bitter coffee bitter? 🙄

 Why do some people find our non-bitter coffee bitter? 🙄

Yep we get it we’re all different – it’s like eating Brussel Sprouts, as a kid I would have rather chewed my left leg off than eat a brussel.

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