THE COFFEE SWAP – COMPOSTABLE COFFEE PODS INSTEAD OF PLASTIC ONES…

Many of us are trying our best to Eco swap many things in the house and home as well as food and drink.

Ditch the plastic pods for compostable pods with the Dualit range.

They have three types of compostable pods, including the organic Ethiopian and Colombian blend which are made from corn starch. This may be able to go into your food waste caddy but check with your local authority first.

They take 90 days and break down through industrial composting, but cannot be placed in garden waste. The Indian Monsoon box of 10, is £2.90 from Dualit. They also have a selection of teas in compostable capsules.

The Dualit EcoPresx Aluminium Capsule Recycler is a clever device which extracts coffee from used aluminium pods which can then be spread on the flowerbeds. Then you simply put the empty capsules into the recycling bin. It is compatible with all aluminium coffee pods and cost £12.49 from Dualit.

HEALTH BENEFITS OF DRINKING COFFEE…


With so much hype about the health benefits of certain teas, it’s nice to know that coffee has some health benefits as well.

According to a Greek study, one cup of coffee a day could reduce your blood pressure. Researchers actually found that those who drank between one and two cups of coffee daily had the healthiest arteries.

Two cups a day (no more than two cups if you are pregnant) could keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

After studying more than 122,000 women, researchers found that three cups a day can reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. However, according to a US study in 2006, coffee drinkers who have more than three cups a day may increase their risk of a heart attack.

Coffee, like tea, is packed with antioxidants which can potentially cut the risk of cancer, however, more than three cups a day could mean that you are twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

In fact, the BBC Health say that ‘three cups a day may have some health benefits according to a large review of studies, in the BMJ’. It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause.’

And, the Mayo Clinic states that ‘while past studies hinted that coffee might have a dark side, newer research suggests that it may actually have health benefits.

Why the reversal? It’s hard to look at just one aspect of diet and connect it to a health condition because so many other factors that could play a role. For example, early research on coffee didn’t always take into account that heavy coffee drinkers also tended to use tobacco and be sedentary.

When newer studies adjusted for such factors, they found a possible association between coffee and decreased mortality. Coffee may offer some protection against:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Liver disease, including liver cancer
  • Heart attack and stroke

Coffee still has potential risks, mostly due to its high caffeine content. For example, it can temporarily raise blood pressure. Women who are pregnant, trying to become pregnant or breastfeeding need to be cautious about caffeine. High intake of boiled, unfiltered coffee has been associated with a mild increase in cholesterol levels.

The bottom line? Your coffee habit is probably fine and may even have some benefits. But if you have side effects from coffee, such as heartburn, nervousness, or insomnia, consider cutting back.’

10 Health Benefits Of Coffee - The Health Savvy

COMFORT IN A CUP – SOMETHING WE ALL COULD DO WITH…

Whittard’s of Chelsea have offers on tea, coffee and hot chocolate boxes ‘Comfort in a Cup’ share the love and get 20% off some lovely gifts. Just a few to tempt you below…

Varieties from India, South America, Africa and the Caribbean – we’ve even added a blend from Brazil and Indonesia. Ranging from dark roasts to light roasts, from the rich and chocolatey to the sweet and fruity, there’s a brilliant brew to suit every mood; and we’ve recently given this bestselling gift a whole new design with illustrations by Persephone Coelho. All already ground and ready for you to make your perfect brew.
Six of our best-loved fine loose teas together in a beautifully presented gift box. From traditional malty English Breakfast to lusciously sweet Mango & Bergamot, there’s a tea to suit every taste
Mini caddies of elegant English Breakfast and Earl Grey, finished with a floral fancy of English Rose and Mango ; Bergamot. Oh, and not forgetting the all-important silver-plated infuser. Start slicing those cucumber sandwiches and make sure the kettle’s sparkling.
The cocoa creativity, with flavours of Salted Caramel and raucous Rocky Road, topped off with opulent Orange and marvellous Mint. Finding it tricky to choose? Our signature Luxury Hot Chocolate and Luxury White Hot Chocolate are sure-fire winners.

COFFEE SECRET AGENT OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL COFFEE LOVERS…

A great opportunity is available for all coffee lovers. Money Magpie has written that if you love coffee, and often find yourself in a coffee shop then you’ll love this strange but exciting job opportunity.

 

A new start-up, Coffee Machine Secret Agent, is planning to build the TripAdvisor for commercial coffee machines.

That’s where you come in. They need people to go around towns and places with lots of coffee shops, cafes, restaurants, hotels etc. and ask the employees in each venue what they think.

Your job (if your willing to take it ), will be to collect reviews about coffee machines from employees who work in coffee stores.

You can ask more than one employee per store and the review usually only takes two or three minutes.

They’re after someone with a clean, professional demeanor and appearance, a super friendly outgoing personality, a good knowledge of their local area and a clean CCJ.

You’ll also need lots of energy and a smartphone or 4G enabled tablet so you can collect the reviews. You’ll earn £2 per survey and Coffee Machine Secret Agent expect someone working an eight hour day to get between 50-150 reviews per day. More details on how to apply are here, but it’s an ideal job for someone who loves coffee and wants to top up their income at the same time.

More details can be found on the Money Magpie website here. 

UK COFFEE WEEK 16th-22nd APRIL 2018…

UK Coffee Week is 16th-22nd April 2108 and is a nationwide celebration of coffee that also raises funds for coffee growing communities.

100% of donations received from UK Coffee Week will go to Project Waterfall, an initiative dedicated to bringing clean water facilities to coffee growing communities.

Coffee is one of the largest and most powerful industries in the world. Over 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed globally each year, and every one of those cups is an opportunity to make a difference.

They believe the coffee industry and coffee drinkers have the power to make a real and positive impact on the communities that grow our coffee.

Water is intrinsically linked with the creation of a perfect cup of coffee. From the 140l of water it takes to produce a single cup of coffee to creation of the final cup, water is integral to the creation of a perfect cup of coffee.

Water is also integral to the lives of the farmers who grow our coffee. 663 million people around the world do not have access to safe, clean water.

Access to clean water can break the cycle of poverty. Clean water not only improves the health and well-being of communities facing the global water crisis; it also means great access to education, income and ultimately a better life.

Taking part in UK Coffee Week is easy. Each participating store (find out more on UK Coffee Week website)  can fundraise in many different ways; from donating 5p from every coffee sold during the week to hosting a creative workshop in store, there are unlimited possibilities for unique fundraising.

They are gearing up for our 2018 campaign, which will run 16-22 April! You can help Project Waterfall by signing up your coffee shop, pub, school or restaurant to take part in UK Coffee Week for 2018.

They have a whole page of fundraising ideas from hosting a raffle to a coffee cocktail night. Sign up now and get your UK Coffee Week marketing materials to help support this worthy charity.

 

COFFEE AND MILK FOR YOUR HEART HEALTH…

Try and make your coffee with 1% fat milk instead of semi-skimmed milk for a healthier heart. You will not taste the difference but semi-skimmed milk contains 70% more than 1 % fat milk. A daily serving of two 200ml glasses of semi-skimmed milk amounts to 4g of cholesterol-raising saturated fat compared to 2.4g in the 1% fat milk.

Also, filter your coffee to cut your cholesterol. Apparently unfiltered brewed coffee contains traces of oily substances called cafestol and kahweol, which can increase blood cholesterol. So swapping to the filtered sort will get rid of the problem as the fatty residues are held back by the filter. Of course instant coffee is fine.

COFFEE V TEA – WHICH IS THE BEST FOR YOUR HEALTH…

 

With so much being written about how tea is good for so many things, now they are saying that coffee also is good for you.

According to a Greek study, one cup of coffee a day could reduce your blood pressure. Researchers actually found that those who drank between one and two cups of coffee daily had the healthiest arteries.

Two cups a day (no more than two cups if you are pregnant) could keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

After studying more than 122,000 women, researchers found that three cups a day can reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer. However, according to a US study in 2006, coffee drinkers who have more than three cups a day may increase their risk of a heart attack.

Coffee, like tea, is packed with antioxidants which can potentially cut the risk of cancer, however, more than three cups a day could mean that you are twice as likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.

BBC Health say that ‘three cups a day may have some health benefits according to a large review of studies, in the BMJ’. It found a lower risk of liver disease and some cancers in coffee drinkers, and a lower risk of dying from stroke – but researchers could not prove coffee was the cause.’

With benefits from drinking some teas and coffee, I guess it’s up to the individual to not overdo taking neither tea nor coffee but enjoy it and the possible health benefits that go with it.

 

 

BUYING FAIR TRADE COFFEE TO HELP OTHERS…

When you choose Fairtrade coffee, not only can farmers build a better quality of life for their families and communities, they can invest in growing better quality beans too.

Fairtrade coffee farmers invest at least 25 percent of their Fairtrade premium in improving productivity and quality.

Choose Fairtrade coffee and you’re also supporting farmers to fight the challenges they may face.  These include the effects of a changing climate, low and unpredictable incomes and in some coffee-growing communities, there may not be enough food available for three to four months a year.

Being part of Fairtrade has meant better knowledge about protecting the local environment and the chance to plant other crops and buy livestock to put more food on the table.

Around 125 million people worldwide depend on coffee for their livelihoods. Coffee is the most valuable and widely traded tropical agricultural product and 25 million smallholder farmers produce 80% of the world’s coffee. But many of them fail to earn a reliable living from coffee.