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Top U.S. Coffee Houses 

Coffee – This is a day late to celebrate National Coffee Day. but knowing about highly recommended coffee houses is always a good thing. I save lists like this for when I am planning a trip.

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To celebrate national coffee day here are some of the best coffee houses across our nation.

Coffee culture is booming and with it more high quality coffee houses are opening.Each have there own style, coffee blends, unique menu items, and techniques.

There are many great coffee houses, however I chose to highlight a few that stand apart. These coffee houses are well known for uniqueness, quality, popularity, and dedication to the art of coffee.

Here are my top picks for Noteworthy Cafes in the U.S.:

Madcap Coffee(Grand Rapids, MI)

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However, what really set them apart most of all wasimplementinga zero waste policy; trading trash cans for bus bins and sorting all of their trash into compost and recyclables.

Heart Coffee(Portland, OR)

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Happy “National Coffee Day”!!!

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Coffee – It was National Drink Beer Day yesterday and today it is National Coffee Day – what a week! I didn’t hear about any freebies being given out yesterday, but there are plenty today. Check the following to see if there is a establishment near you celebrating National Coffee Day:

  1. National Coffee Day Specials
  2. Here’s how to get free coffee on National Coffee Day
  3. National Coffee Day: Freebies, discounts, specials from Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks
  4. Here’s Where To Score Free Coffee For National Coffee Day

I’ve already had my two 20 oz cups for the day.

Coca-Cola Plus Coffee No Sugar

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Coffee – I like coffee, and I occasionally drink a Coca-Cola. I’m not sure about this recently introduced blend of the two “Coca-Cola Plus Coffee No Sugar”. This has been introduced in both Japan and Australia.

Coca-Cola Plus Coffee is said to have a distinct coffee after taste and contains about 50% more caffeine (14 mg per 100 ml) than a regular Coca-Cola. There does not appear to be any word yet on if this new flavor will make it to the US.

Personally I think I will stick with plain old brewed coffee.

Drink Coffee, Prolong Your Life

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Coffee – While I just like the taste of coffee in the morning, I came across the article “Study Says 4 Coffees Daily Lowers Your Chance Of Death, So Starbucks Here We Come” that gave me added incentive to have my morning cup (or two or three or . . . ).

The European Society of Cardiology Congress recently published a report that relates increased coffee consumption to a lower risk of death. The study was conducted at Hospital de Navarra and included 20,000 participants over a 10 year period. The results:

Those who drank at least four cups of coffee per day had a 64% lower rate of death than the participants who either never drank coffee or rarely did. Meanwhile, those who were 45 years old and up and drank two additional cups of coffee a day had a 30% lower rate of death.

So sit back and sip a few cups of coffee each morning and enjoy this world of ours a little longer.

Fun Coffee Facts

Coffee – Some interesting coffee facts I wanted to share

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images (1)Its Friday so here are some Fun Facts!

Just a few coffee tid-bits nothing too deep:

  • Arabs were the first to cultivate coffee and the first to make a beverage from the roasted beans around 1300 AD.
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  • Today coffee is grown in more than 70 countries – all in subtropical regions – and more people drink coffee than any other beverage except water and perhaps tea.
  • The United States consumes more coffee – 300 million cups a day – than any other country as a whole, but other countries drink more per capita. The average  citizens of Finland drinks about 2.64 cups of coffee a day, higher than any other nation.
  • Workers who drank coffee rather than napping were more alert and performed better on the job, studies show.
    I don’t know how accurate this is, but considering  I can’t nap…

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Coffee Nap?

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Coffee – I am not much in the way of taking naps. I always seem to feel worse afterwards. I did come across “Scientists agree: Coffee naps are better than coffee or naps alone” recently, though the article is from two years ago.

So what is a ‘coffee nap”? Drink a cup of coffee, then take a quick nap. 

You would think that the coffee would keep you from sleeping, but if to lay your head down immediately after drinking the coffee, you have a window before the coffee takes affect. Nap then for 20 minutes and you will wake up not only benefiting from the nap, but also from the caffeine that has finally hit your system.

Studies cited in the article indicate that a coffee nap is more beneficial than either coffee or a nap in reviving you.

 

USA, New York, New York – Cafe Lalo

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My wife and I are in New York for a little vacation. Cafe Lalo (http://cafelalo.com) was recommended to us. We went by there yesterday for a late breakfast. This in a nice place that is stuck in amongst apartment buildings. It is located at 201 West 83rd St.
New York, NY 10024.

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They claim on their website that Cafe Lalo is “The cafe Europeans would love to have in Europe! Cafe Lalo has become known as the place to go before and after the movies, the theater or dinner to enjoy a great dessert and an expertly-made cappuccino. With our unique European design and open air atmosphere by floor-to-ceiling French windows, Cafe Lalo is the place to see and to be seen. Come sip an espresso with the writers, artists and celebrities who join the locals to enjoy soothing jazz and classical music in a relaxing atmosphere.

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I don’t know about that, but I do know that they  had good breakfasts. I had a three cheese omelette – Sharp cheddar, Brie and Blue Cheese.

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My wife had three scrambled eggs shiitake & porcini mushrooms.

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We went back to Lalo’s  a second time (we both had the same dishes) and I did captured a photo of the deserts. They have a great selection! I hope to sample some of those.

This is a place we would recommend to anyone and it likely a place we will return at least once on our brief trip to New York.


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How much Caffeine is in Your coffee?

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Coffee – Many stop on their way into work each morning and pick up a cup of coffee. How much caffeine are we getting when we do that? It varies. A lot.

BuzzFeed commissioned a study to see how much caffeine was in coffee from some of the most frequent stops (Starbucks, 7-Eleven, McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts). Samples were taken from shops in New York City and in San Francisco.

First, their results showed that East Coast coffee is stronger, on average, than West Coast coffee. The other surprising outcome was that 7-Eleven coffee had the most (280 mg) caffeine. All the samples were medium cups of coffee and black (the way coffee should always be consumed in my opinion). For those of you who are Starbuck’s fans, their coffee came in second (267 mg) in caffeine strength.

Just to put that in perspective, a report in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology has says that a healthy adult can safely consume up to 400 mg of caffeine per day.  The FDA says that the average American consumes about 300 mg of caffeine a day.

While it May Not be the Best, You CAN Hydrate with Coffee

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Coffee – The study “A randomized trial to assess the potential of different beverages to affect hydration status: development of a beverage hydration index” published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition indicates that coffee does not cause dehydration as previously thought.

A study of the effect of coffee published in 1928 had set the thinking that because coffee is a diuretic, it would not help in hydration. The new, more comprehensive study indicates that coffee will contribute to hydration. While coffee is certainly inferior to water for hydration, coffee will help regardless of the many trips to the restroom it may cause.

Another Benefit of Coffee – It Can Blunt Pain

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Coffee – I like coffee. That makes me keep an eye out for positive information about drinking it.

Back in May of 2017 researchers from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Boston Children’s Hospital published a report that “shows that chronic sleep loss increases pain sensitivity. It suggests that chronic pain sufferers can get relief by getting more sleep, or, short of that, taking medications to promote wakefulness such as caffeine.

The report goes on to say:

. . . rather than just taking painkillers, patients with chronic pain might benefit from better sleep habits or sleep-promoting medications at night, coupled with daytime alertness-promoting agents to try to break the pain cycle. Some painkillers already include caffeine as an ingredient, although its mechanism of action isn’t yet known. Both caffeine and modafinil boost dopamine circuits in the brain, so that may provide a clue.

If you, or someone you know suffers from chronic pain, a nice cup of coffee may help.