A Coffee Break

I took a coffee break last week. I went a full week without drinking coffee. The main reason was to see if I would sleep any better without my cold brew. It did not make a difference. What I did that week was drink more tea. I drank green tea, Earl Grey tea, a flavored herbal tea, and a flavored black tea. For a really good collection this winter try this Winter Solstice Loose Leaf Sampler. The box has a handy guide for how long to steep each type of tea.

I also treated myself to this tea infuser for loose tea. Rather than buy a special tea cup that comes with an in-fuser, you can turn all your own mugs and cups into tea infusers.

I am back to making my cold brew but it’s still nice to have a cup of tea in the afternoon or evening.

Love Tea? You might live longer!

A researcher at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences published a study that associates regular tea drinking with lower risks of cardiovascular disease. For the study, they tracked over 100,000 adults across 15 provinces in China for more than seven years. The drinkers who had at least three servings of tea a week lived 1.41 years longer than those who didn’t.

Tea drinkers are at about 22% lower risk of dying of heart disease or stroke and 15% less likely to die from other diseases. They also found through a smaller study that those who drank tea over longer periods reduced risk even more. This smaller group was followed for over eight years and those that drank tea more often had a 56% decrease of a chance of stroke or heart disease, and 29% less risk of dying of other illnesses.

Because the polyphenols are not stored long-term in your body, tea should be consumed frequently. The most health benefits are from green tea. Green tea is higher in polyphenols. Black tea loses some polyphenols during the process used to ferment it during production.

This study did not take into account diet or exercise so there may be other factors that could effect this outcome.

Source – TheRegister

Dippin’ Dots Cold Brew Latte

When you think of Dippin’ Dots, you don’t normally think about coffee. They are best known for their tiny little dot ice cream. They have a new flavor just out this year. They are available at their store and shopping center locations for only a limited time, unfortunately. Coffee flavored ice cream is great anytime! Also, they do not contain caffeine.

On a side note, the CEO of Dippin’ Dots will appear on Undercover Boss later this month on January 22.

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Coffee for Christmas

Try something new for Christmas or whatever your holiday is this season…

Add some spices to your grounds, like brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom. When done, add some whipped cream and top with red and green sprinkles, crushed gingerbread, or crushed peppermints.

Buy a Christmas-flavored coffee, or a flavored creamer.

Add eggnog and nutmeg to your coffee.

If you drink coldbrew coffee, and want some spices, you may need to dissolve the spices in a little bit of hot water before adding it.

A New Way to Make Cold Brew

There’s a new cold brew coffee maker out there. And it’s fast. Just 4 minutes to your cold brew happiness. FrankOne started in Bogota, Colombia as a Kickstarter campaign. The idea was to brew using vacuum called VacTec™.

It brews using a reusable filter. It pulls the water using vacuum through the coffee grounds. Hot coffee can brew in a mere 30 seconds! It takes just 4 minutes for cold brew instead of 8-12 hours.

Find out more…