national coffee day!

Happy National Coffee Day!

Here are some unique ways to enjoy your coffee!

  1. Give your face a cup – Make a batch of coffee ice cubes and use them for brighter, healthier skin. Use the cube to trace your eye area and your facial bone structure in the morning to reduce puffiness and make your skin brighter.
  2. Give your skin a lift – Blend together 1 cup of virgin coconut oil, ½ cup of ground coffee, and one teaspoon vanilla extract. Soak yourself in warm, soapy water for 10 minutes, then massage the scrub into the skin in a circular motion. Rinse in the warm water and pat dry. The blend of antioxidant-rich coffee and moisture-locking coconut oil help remove and repair rough skin.
  3. Feed your foliage – Stir your coffee grounds into soil or put in your watering can. Your plants will love the nitrogen boost and grow faster and stronger as a result.
  4. Offering to the worms – Worms might be the world’s most unattractive garden guests, but they’re great for your soil. They fertilize it with their own body processes. Worms are attracted to coffee grounds, so get spreading where you’d like to enrich your soil.
  5. Set it in the fridge – Instead of a box of baking soda tucked into the back of your fridge, make a box of used coffee grounds. It’s all-natural and does the same trick by absorbing odors and smells.
  6. Light it up – This uses lots of things that might’ve gone into the trash, including the ends of used-up candles, a used paper coffee cup, and of course used coffee grounds. Plus, it’s a fun home DIY project. Try it here: //www.popsugar.com/smart-living/Upcycled-Paper-Coffee-Cup-Candle-31102984?utm_campaign=default_hp&utm_source=hover_pin

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Shakeology Coffee Recipes

Mocha Chiller

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
1 c. cold-brewed coffee
(add 1 tsp. pure almond extract to make an Almond Mocha Chiller)

Almond Latte

1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
½ c. unsweetened almond milk
½ c. cold-brewed coffee

Iced Mocha

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 c. cold-brewed coffee
½ c. unsweetened almond milk
1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder

Minty Mocha Chiller

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
½ c. cold-brewed coffee
½ tsp. peppermint extract
½ c. almond milk

Snowstorm Smoothie

1 scoop Chocolate Shakeology
½ c. water
½ c. cold-brewed coffee
½ tsp. almond extract
½ tsp. rum extract

Vanilla Latte

1 scoop Vanilla Shakeology
1 c. cold coffee
½ c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp. pure maple syrup

Thai Iced Coffee

1 scoop Chocolate Vegan Shakeology
1 c. strong cold-brewed coffee
½ tsp. cardamom
½ tsp. pure almond extract

Salted Caramel Mocha Protein Shake

8 oz brewed cold coffee
1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 scoop chocolate protein powder
1 tsp caramel extract
1/4 tsp 
1 cup ice


Coffee Faq’s

  • Legend has it that 9th-century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating the fruit of the Coffea plant. A local monk then made a drink with the produce and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the original cup of coffee was born.
  • Coffee beans are technically seeds. They’re the pits of the cherry-like berries found on the flowering shrubs, but we call them “beans” because of the resemblance to legumes.
  • There are two main types: Arabica and Robusta. Growers predominantly plant the Arabica species. Although less popular, Robusta tastes slightly more bitter and contains more caffeine.
  • Brazil – Today, Brazil produces about third of the world’s supply, according to the International Coffee Organization, about twice as much as the second place holder, Vietnam.
  • Finland – The average adult Finn goes through 27.5 pounds of coffee each year, according to the International Coffee Organization. Compare that to a measly 11 pounds per American.
  • United States – Kona coffee is the United States’ gift to the coffee world. Because coffee traditionally grows best in climates along the equator, Hawaii’s weather is optimal for harvesting beans. California also recently got into the coffee game with dozens of farms now churning out pricey premium bags.
  • Espresso refers to the way espresso is made — forcing boiling water through pressed coffee grounds. And although espresso has more caffeine per volume than coffee, it would take three shots to equal the amount in a regular cup of joe.
  • $600 a pound?? One of the most coveted varieties comes from the feces of an Asian palm civet. The cat-like creature eats fruit including coffee cherries, but is unable to digest the beans. The excreted seeds produce a smooth, less acidic brew called kopi luwak, but the means of production has drawn criticism from animal welfare activists.
  • Oh no… Back in 1511, leaders in Mecca believed it stimulated radical thinking and outlawed the drink. Some 16th-century Italian clergymen also tried to ban coffee because they believed it to be “satanic.” However, Pope Clement VII loved coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had coffee baptized in 1600. Even as recently as the 18th century, the Swedish government made both coffee and coffee paraphernalia (including cups and dishes) illegal for its supposed ties to rebellious sentiment.
  • Healthy! In moderation! Research has linking moderate consumption (about three to four cups per day) with a longer life span, plus a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s, according to Harvard Health Publishing.
  • The largest cup of coffee ever filled a 9-foot tall cup. The 3,487-gallon serving earned a Guiness World Record in 2012.
  • Thank you Boston Tea Party. In the lead up to the Revolutionary War, it became patriotic to sip java in lieu tea, of PBS reveals. The Civil War also made the drink more pervasive because it helped energize tired troops.
  • Decaf does not mean caffeine-free. An eight-ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually contains two to 12 milligrams of caffeine, the Mayo Clinic states. In comparison, a regular cup of coffee supplies between 95 to 200 milligrams, while one can of cola has aout 23 to 35 milligrams of caffeine.
  • There are three distinct coffee waves. So far there have been three distinct coffee waves, or trends, that have defined the evolution of how people consume the drink. In the first wave, coffee was a cheap, accessible commodity where everything pretty much tasted the same. Popular coffee shops led the second wave with sweet flavorings and other customizations that added value, though the base roast was generally a blend that’s consistent in flavor. The third wave of coffee has become a specialty product with an origin, a story, and distinct flavors that tell that story. Roasting has also become an art that unlocks the nuanced flavors of carefully sourced, precisely cultivated beans.
  • Smallholder farmers produce 80% of the world’s coffee. It may come as a surprise given the mechanized and highly efficient production methods of countries like Brazil and Vietnam that the majority of the world’s coffee supply is produced by an estimated 25 million smallholder farmers. Much of the work harvesting, drying, and fermenting the coffee beans is done by hand and with great care to make the best coffee possible.
  • Second in the World It’s the world’s 2nd largest traded commodity.  Crude oil is first. Yes, it is not a typo. Coffee is consumed in great quantities, making it the most beloved beverage after water. It’s worth is over $100 billion worldwide.
  • Mecca banned coffee. Coffee was banned in Mecca in 1511. It was believed to stimulate radical thinking and idleness.
  • Fairtrade coffee improves quality. Fairtrade coffee costs more, but coffee farmers spend at least 25% of this Fairtrade Premium to enhance productivity and quality. Over the last three years, Fairtrade-certified coffee products have won 28 Great Taste Awards.
  • The lighter the roast, the more caffeine. As a general rule of thumb, the lighter the bean, the more caffeine it has. So, a light roast is most likely to wake you up in the a.m. — or carry you through a lull in the afternoon — followed by a medium roast, and lastly a dark roast. As far as the type of coffee, reach for cold brew over iced or drip coffee on particularly groggy mornings. It has the most caffeine.
  • These high-profile people had crazy coffee habits. Writer François-Marie Arouet, better known as Voltaire, reportedly drank 40 to 50 cups of a chocolatecoffee mixture each day. Although this is much more than the suggested daily intake, the world-famous thinker lived a lengthy life and died when he was 83 years old. Similarly, it’s alleged that former U.S. president Theodore Roosevelt drank a gallon of coffee per day and died at age 60 after a blood clot traveled from his leg to his lungs. Though it’s unknown just how many cups he had daily, Beethoven would count exactly 60 beans to each serving — no more, no less.
  • Bach wrote a song about coffee. Circa 1735, Johann Sebastian Bach penned “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht,” also known as the “Coffee Cantata.” In the song, a father-daughter duo argues about how she drinks too much coffee and that’s why she doesn’t have a lover. Alas, if she gave it up she’d “become so upset that I would be like a dried-up piece of roast goat.” Yikes. When her father gives her an ultimatum, she lies to please him. While he’s out finding her a husband, she secretly tells potential suitors they must let her drink coffee if they want to marry her.
  • Coffee sent Brazil to the Olympics. Brazil couldn’t afford to send its 69 athletes to Los Angeles for the Summer Olympics in 1932, so they put them on a ship with 50,000 sacks of coffee and sold the beans at different ports along the way. Good thing Brazil has been the world’s largest coffee producer for more than 150 years, so they had beans to spare.
  • New York City has the most coffee shops in the U.S. per capita. According to a 2018 study by Wallet HubNew York City has the most coffee shopscoffee houses and cafés per capita. (Maybe it’s no coincidence that the Big Apple takes first for most doughnut shops per capita, too.) Runners up include San Francisco, California; Portland, Oregon; Seattle, Washington; and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Sources: Good Housekeeping, Insider, Agiboo, and The Daily Meal


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