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.

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.

Coffee Tips from the Sierra Club

The Sierra Club has been around for quite a while. John Muir founded the Sierra Club in 1892. Their focus is to protect the natural world, green living, and outdoor adventure.

They recently published an article with tips for conscientious coffee consumption. Here are some of the tips:

Buy coffee local, talk to a local coffee roaster and ask questions – see how they work how they handle energy and waste. Purchase what you need and use it all.

Get a decent to-go cup. In other words, use a reusable insulated travel cup.

If you have time, enjoy your coffee in a cafe in a real cup.

Use a manual hand grinder. They are more environmentally-friendly because you aren’t using electricity. Use a pour over coffee maker, or cold-brew your coffee.

Be mindful of plastic waste, such as straws or stirrers. Just say no to them.

Use your grounds in compost, or sprinkle on your garden or lawn. Use them as a body scrub.

Drink your coffee black and skip the dairy.

Read the full article: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/9-ways-drink-coffee-conscientiously

Today is International Coffee Day!

Coffee is certainly something to celebrate! It’s a day to bring coffee lovers globally to share their love of coffee. We also need to remember the farmers it takes to bring us this wonderful brew.

This year, the International Coffee Organization would like to focus on the fact that despite the higher prices for coffee, farmers are not all paid a fair wage for their work. This in turn puts the availability of coffee at risk since the coffee farmers cannot even provide for their families through their work.

There are a lot of people involved in making that cup of coffee. Starting with the farmers, the pickers, the washers, the dryers, sorting and grading, then the roasters, assessing for flavor. Then the stores, the employees, the addons like sugar and creamer.

Learn more: https://www.internationalcoffeeday.org/

Make Your Coffee Even Better

So the Victor crew came across an interesting article on USAToday.com about how to make coffee better for your brain and body. So let’s look at some of the suggestions.

First one is butter. This is just a a nod to Bulletproof type coffee. This is a way people on the ketogenic diets can use. This helps to make you feel full longer. It is suggested to use butter from grass-fed cows or ghee. Coconut oil or MCT is another ingredient you find in Bulletproof coffee.

Another suggestions is mushrooms. This could come in the form of powder. Specifically they suggest chaga or lion’s mane. Mushrooms contain antioxidants. Lion’s mane helps you with focus and concentration as well as the nervous system.

Cinnamon is another thing you can add. Not only does it taste good, it helps with glucose and cholesterol.