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Coffee and Alzheimers

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Here is some really, really good news for all of us coffee drinkers! There is very real and reliable scientific information that suggests that coffee drinkers are less likely (far less likely) to suffer from Alzheimer’s disease or dementia than non coffee drinkers.

So, the next time somebody tells you that coffee is going to give you ulcers (or some other nonsense), just tell them that you are drinking coffee for the medicinal purpose of preventing Alzheimer’s disease and that you can prove it.

The first known study of determining whether coffee drinking could prevent Alzheimer’s disease was conducted in Portugal in 2002. The researchers set out to discover whether the caffeine in coffee could prevent or delay the degeneration of the brain that occurs before Alzheimer’s is diagnosed. They chose 54 patients who already had Alzheimer’s disease for the study. The researchers discovered that the caffeine in coffee was a significant factor in reducing the onset of the disease as well as the progression of the disease.

Another study in Berlin failed to find that the caffeine in coffee prevented Alzheimer’s, but it did establish that possibility of a link between caffeine consumption and overall neurological health.

The largest study about the relationship between drinking coffee and preventing Alzheimer’s was done in Canada. The Canadian Study of Health and Aging studied more than 6,000 people over the age of 65. It was found that consuming coffee was a significant factor in reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.

Granted, none of the studies to date firmly establish that coffee drinking can prevent Alzheimer’s disease altogether, but there is enough positive information to warrant more studies be conducted in the future, and also to hand some valuable ammunition to coffee drinkers around the world.

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Coffee Do’s And Don’t’s That You Should Think About

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For a long time, people everywhere have chosen to drink coffee in the morning.
Its unique and bold flavour has kept people wanting more and more.
Making the best coffee possible requires knowledge.
It ‘is’ possible to learn the tricks of the trade by reviewing the tips that follow.

Good water is critical. Always remember that anything involved in the brewing process has the possibility of affecting your coffee’s taste. You should use purified, spring, or bottled water to make a great cup of coffee.

Coffee beans themselves are what can make or break the drink’s flavour.
Going for the cheapest can often disappoint and even deter you from sampling the really good varieties of ground coffee brews to be had these days.
If you don’t live close to a good source, try looking online to find what you need.
Once you taste that first cup of your new and improved coffee beans, you will appreciate the greater investment.

If you want iced coffee, don’t just pour coffee over ice cubes. The coffee will taste watered down. After brewing your coffee, put it into a tray for ice cubes and freeze it. You can take them out after they have frozen, letting them melt gently, retaining that freshly brewed taste of pure iced coffee.

Before you add milk and/or creamers, put somecoffee flavour syrup straight into your warm coffee. Hot coffee dissolves syrups faster. When you do it this way, the syrup taste and smell will be far stronger. When the syrup dissolves, you can add your other essentials such as cream and sugar.

Once you open a bag of coffee beans, transfer them to a different container. You need a specific coffee container that keeps the beans out of the air and light. You will be able to use them over a longer period of time this way.

When you get a new coffee maker, try a ‘clear’ test run without the coffee grounds.
You’ll want to run it just like you normally would, with water going through it. This cleans out aromas, dirt, dust and debris that might have taken hold during manufacture and transport to the store.

When buying coffee grounds, inspect the packaging to ensure that they are pesticide-free. Coffee beans have a high level of absorbancy, and the flavour of the beans is derived from it’s surrounding soil. This means that while most organic food is of questionable quality, organic coffee can actually taste much better than traditional coffee.

You may be finding it difficult to make a cup of coffee that tastes as good as the one in professional cafes. Use more coffee. A good rule of thumb is to measure two tablespoons of grounds per each six ounce cup of water. Try different quantities and ratios until you discover the best flavour, and remember you may need to change the ratio for the blend you use.

Make sure that your coffee maker brews the coffee with water that is 200 degrees, give or take 5 degrees. Many coffee brewers sold in retail stores will not reach that temperature. For best results, heat the water yourself. A simple French press is always a good idea.

Steer clear of reheating coffee that has already been brewed. Many old stories suggest that reheating releases chemicals, but that isn’t true. Certain chemical compounds that are inside your coffee start breaking down within 30 minutes of brewing. Microwaved coffee or coffee left on a hot plate start this process even faster. Reheating coffee tends to give it a rather unpleasant bitter taste.

Fair trade coffee is a great way to support developing countries. Fair Trade coffee is usually slightly more expensive than other brands but you will find it ‘can’  taste much better. You will also know that the little farmers from other countries are benefiting from it.

Keep coffee sealed to keep it fresh. Oxygen exposure can harm the coffee’s flavour. It may make it taste stale and old. An airtight container is the best place to store coffee to maintain freshness.

Don’t just default to storing your coffee in your freezer. Coffee is able to take on the flavour and smells of things around it. Coffee should be kept in an airtight container, and it needs to remain at room temperature. If you want to put it in the freezer, make sure you put it in a bag.
Only use an airtight container to store your favorite coffee in the refrigerator. If it is not airtight, your coffee will absorb odors from the refrigerator. It can also let moisture in when it is not properly sealed.

As you know, coffee is a worldwide beverage. The taste and smell created by this beverage leaves people coming back for more. Once you are armed with the proper information, it’s easy to make a great cup of java. Just put these tips into practice, and you’ll be brewing with the best of them in no time.

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Facts You May Not Know About Your Coffee

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All About Coffee;  Coffee is a beverage in every country in the world. Granted, the coffees of different countries vary in taste (and strength), but every country has coffee of some kind. The history of coffee is long and storied, and coffee is called by many names in many lands.

The Arab traders of yester-year called it Gahwah.

The Spice Islands’ name for it was Java.

Ancient Portuguese explorers called it café.
(That word is often used to mean a gathering place in many countries now).

It stands to reason — coffee is most often a shared experience ‘between friends’.

Scientists believe that coffee was born in Ethiopia and was a food rather than a beverage in the beginning. Coffee was actually used as a replacement for wine. The drinking of wine was (and is) forbidden by Islamic law.

Coffee was first used in religious ceremonies in place of wine and the plants were considered so valuable that removing even one was punishable by death. (I’ve been dying for a cup of coffee before, but that seems a little extreme.

Turks pulverized coffee beans and mixed them with water and spices like cinnamon, cloves and cardamom back in the thirteenth century to make what we call Turkish Coffee. It is also believed that Venetian traders may have smuggled coffee plants out of the East and into Italy.

Over the centuries we have learned a lot about coffee, especially how important it is to store it in airtight containers. Air is the biggest thief of coffee flavour, whether the beans are whole or ground. Coffee should always be stored in an airtight container in a cool dark place, but never in a refrigerator.
Correct storage is one of the major secrets of producing a great cup of coffee with every brewing.

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Coffee Clubs – Do They Turn You On?

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If coffee is what turns you on, you might be interested in joining one of the many, many coffee clubs that are offered on the Internet. Or, if you know someone who really, really enjoys their coffee and has adventurous taste buds, you might consider giving them a coffee club membership as a gift for Christmas, birthdays, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day.

There are several “coffee of the month” clubs that are available. There are gourmet coffee clubs, as well as flavored coffee clubs. You can even choose specialized coffee gift baskets for the real coffee connoisseurs on your gift list.

Many different kinds of coffees are sent out each month to coffee club members. Depending upon the kind of coffee club membership, coffees that might be the “coffee of the month” are:

Cinnamon or American Roasts: These coffees are made with lightly roasted coffee beans. The longer beans are roasted, the more volume that they lose, so Cinnamon or American Roasts are the least expensive coffees to produce.

City Roast: This kind of coffee is made from beans that are the very lightest roast. City Roast coffees are a tiny bit acidic, but the bean flavor is still fully realized.

Full City Roast: This kind of coffee is made from beans that have been roasted longer. They are darker than City Roast coffees and have a kind of caramel taste.

French Roast: These beans are roasted a very long time. All of the acidity has been removed, and there is a burned taste which many people like. (Think south Louisiana.)

Italian Espresso Roast: This is the darkest possible roast. The beans are actually burned to a crisp. Italian Espresso Roasts are used for making espresso and cappuccino.

Those are the roasts. Many flavours can be added to each of them to make different and unusual coffees.

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A Simple Cup of Coffee Builds Bridges

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A simple cup of coffee is a powerful thing! It can mend fences and save friendships.
They say that the pen is mightier than the sword, but it could be that a simple cup of coffee is more powerful than both of them put together.

It had been a tough week in the neighbourhood. It was cold, and the kids had been under-foot indoors at one house or the other all week. My neighbour and I had been close friends for several years, but our relationship had gotten seriously strained over this past week. She had called me twice to complain about how my Bobby was tormenting her Shawn. (She had sent him home, too, more than twice).

Now, the boys played at my house as often as they played at her house, and I was fully aware of the fact that her Shawn wasn’t the little darling that she thought he was. Our relationship and our friendship were nearing the breaking point; there really wasn’t much doubt about it.

On Thursday morning, I took the boys to the “Mother’s Day Out” programme at a nearby local church for the morning. It was my neighbour’s turn to drive, but I offered to run the “taxi” service and she accepted. When I returned from dropping the boys off, I looked across the street at my neighbour’s house, and it had the deserted look that most homes have during midwinter. In fact, it looked sad. I looked at the pile of laundry that was waiting for my attention. I looked at the as-yet-unmade beds. Then I looked at my coffee maker and made the decision. I picked up the phone and called my neighbour.

I said, “I know we both have a long list of things that we need to do while the little darlings are gone, but how about coming over for a cup of coffee?” She was there almost before I had time to hang up the phone. We drank a cup of coffee, and we talked about how we were both so tired of being cooped up with rowdy kids. We laughed and we cried, and we mended our broken fences and saved our friendship — all over one simple cup of coffee 🙂

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