Drinking coffee has always been something I associated with being a grown-up when I was still waiting to finally being a grown-up. Watching my dad having a whole pot of freshly brewed goodness every morning before work – even before going on a ski trip at 6am or as an after-lunch treat – I figured that drinking coffee is something that makes your adult life easier overall.
And how right I was – even though it took my move to England in 2006 to get me on the coffee-train for good – I mean they had Starbucks (unknown in my hometown in Bavaria) and Costa afterall. Plus is there anything more student-like than dragging a thermo mug or at least a to-go-cup around campus all day?
Fast forward 10 years, I feel I had them all and whilst I even strayed from the pure filter coffee my dad served up in the AM and partly fell in love with pumpkin spice latte or anything Tim Horton’s would whip up in Canada – I returned to my roots and now I consider myself a classic or rather traditional coffee drinker: a plain cup of cappuccino without sweetner or flavor is my bliss.
And funny enough, my girl Jasmina turned me onto café cortado last weekend in Mallorca – the Spanish equivalent of an espresso macchiato: not as strong as your usual espresso, as it’s infused with a splash of milk.
If you want to dicuss the topic of including dairy in a paleo diet, be my guest and read up on my love for greek yoghurt and why I won’t skip it – to each his own, and my personal approach to paleo includes full-fat dairy.
But back to the black gold – I was actually lucky enough to come to the motherland of amazing coffee: Latin America.
Little did I know – or understand – why Panama did not have a Starbucks until late 2015, but after two visits to one of my favorite destinations I am convinced that nothing can beat the taste of high quality roasts.
My tip: if you every get to taste Kotowa Coffee – a very traditional company from Boquete in Chiriqui near the Costa Rican border – go for it but be prepared to struggle with any other brew in the future. It’s just too good, full bodied and rich in flavor and I can not wait to have a cup when going there in 3 weeks.
But besides the taste, how come coffee has such a big part in my heart ? Well, check out these amazing health and beauty benefits of the powerful beans, espcially if grown and roasted naturally and holistically like the folks at Kotowa do in Panama:
- The caffeine is known to slightly increases one’s heart and breathing rate by stimulating our nervous system. This prepares your body for peak performance – especially as research has proven that consuming 140 to 400 mg of caffeine 30 to 60 minutes before exercising can improve both speed and endurance. This will make your workout easier.
- It further facilitates muscle contraction and blocks the adenosine receptors attached to muscle fibres. As a results, this can trigger electrical activity that prompts bigger bursts of calcium.
- Caffeine, when mixed with carbs, can replenish muscle glycogen concentrations faster after exercise. Hence, caffeine is often used in energy drinks to increase stamina – to me it sounds like a nice post workout cappuccino can do wonders.
But not only the consumption of coffee can benefit your body – many beauty products have caffeine incorporated to above all increase the appearance of our skin.
Free radicals are known to be responsible for causing premature skin ageing, which results in the appearance of wrinkles, sun spots and loss of elasticity. The antioxidants contained in caffeine can attack these free radicals and eliminate them, that’s why caffeine is used in many skin care products.
Furthermore, inflammation is not only a gut condition – luckily, caffeine possesses anti-inflammatory properties that make it effective in reducing inflammation and redness in your skin. By using caffeine in skincare products can reduce and prevent inflammation and redness and give you beautiful, even skin tone: I will try a home-made ground coffee bean peeling soon to prep my skin for spring and summer.
With all this in mind I am already looking forward to my coffee ritual tomorrow morning – I might not jug a can like my dad does, but to be – especially on Fridays/Saturdays/Sundays – a good cuppa of the best start into my day. The beautiful grown up way.