Life is just so much better after coffee, but did you know that by tweaking your daily consumption habits, it can also make you an all-round superior person? Let us explain:
Hack your routine: You stumble out of bed, brew your coffee, then curl up on the couch as you sip yourself awake… and there’s your first mistake.
When you wake up, your body naturally releases cortisol, the hormone released in response to stress, which will keep you naturally alert. Drinking coffee at the same time inhibits your body’s ability to produce more cortisol later in the day, meaning you are more reliant on coffee to stay alert. Cortisol levels also peak at midday and in the early evening, so the best time to drink coffee is between say 10am and 2pm.
Hack your health plan: Bulletproof coffee advocates whizz their coffee up with butter to produce a highcalorie 400+ calorie mental boost. Converts report never having had more energy and brain power in their life, but health experts do not endorse consuming chunks of butter every day.
A tastier but no less greasy option is to blend (and we are talking blender here, not stirring with a spoon) the coffee with coconut oil for the same effect.
Hack your cravings: Instead of adding sugar, honey, stevia or calorific vanilla syrups to your brew, turn to your spice rack for guilt-free deliciousness.
Cinnamon sticks and real vanilla pods are really tasty, and pair perfectly with the rich, caramel undertones of a cup of coffee. They also pack a punch of health benefits as they’re full of minerals like magnesium, potassium, manganese and calcium. Just remember to add the spices to the grounds (or even grind it up with the beans) before brewing.
WHY IS A LATTE FOUR TIMES THE PRICE OF KOPI?
Don’t get us wrong, we think condensed milk and coffee go together like peaches and cream. But kopitiams are sadly losing favour among younger generations, who are willing to pay $4 or more for their caffeine hit at espresso bars. Why? Mainly because it uses Arabica beans, which are harder and more expensive to grow, and have a richer, less acidic taste compared to kopi’s Robusta beans. Or maybe it’s just that we like to post up photos of latte art to Instagram?
WHAT’S THIS COLD-BREW BUSINESS AND WHY IS IT BETTER THAN AN ICED LATTE?
Matthew McLauchlan, wholesale general manager at Common Man Coffee Roasters, explains: “There are more than 800 volatile compounds in coffee, making it one of the most chemically complex products we consume. Brewing coffee cold, and over a relatively long amount of time, allows the water to absorb the beans’ subtle flavours, creating a naturally sweet syrupiness whilst also keeping the beverage’s acidity low. There’s no need to add any sugar or milk, helping you achieve those waistline goals and the lower acidity means it’s easier for your body to process.”