Category Archives: Health

Coffee Helps Us to Go Green

Written by Lori Thiessen

Have you ever looked at the used coffee grounds from you coffee maker as you throw them out and lament the waste? I mean, coffee costs quite a bit of money and to just throw out the grounds hurts frugal folks like me. And think about all the used grounds from all the used coffee shops everywhere. Ouch.

Let the hurting stop.

There are two new uses for used coffee grounds, printer ink and biofuel.

CNet’s gadget blog, CRAVE reports that RITI print box uses old coffee grounds or tea leaves and a little water to create ink. The drawback is you likely won’t have a lovely black print experience plus you have to swish the ink cartridge along and pull the paper through the printer at the same time; not very efficient.

However, this might be the start of something amazing!

According to Renewable Energy, coffee has come under the microscope as a possible biofuel. More stable than other biofuel sources like used grease from restaurants and with an equal amount of oil from pre-processed biofuel sources like soybeans, used coffee grounds might be the substance the biofuel industry has been looking for.

Using used coffee grounds as a biofuel has other added benefits like your car exhaust could smell like a fresh cup of coffee plus coffee is quite high in antioxidants so using coffee as a biofuel could be an added health benefit instead of being gassed by carbon monoxide.

Coffee may play an even bigger part of our lives in the future aside from the quick pick-me-up liquid we’ve counted on for years!

Q: In what ways do you recycle your coffee grounds?

Until Next Time,

May your coffee always be freshly brewed!



Coffee Benefits

Written by Lori Thiessen

The January 2009 edition of the Readers’ Digest has a short piece on the benefits of coffee. It seems that coffee may help to prevent a whole host of diseases including Type 2 diabetes, gallstones and the development of some cancers.

According to some studies, black coffee seems to have more antioxidants than a serving of fruit juice.Underline black coffee. If you put whole milk, whipped cream or sugar in your cuppa joe, you knock out any benefits the coffee may have.

If you are feeling stressed, perhaps you should think about taking a deep breath from your coffee jar. Some sleep-deprived rats were shown to be much calmer after taking just a whiff of roasted coffee beans, according to one study.

Of course, if you drink too much coffee then you are heading into a whole world of trouble. Labelled a ‘soft’ drug, coffee needs to be taken in moderation if it’s going to do you any good. More is definitely not better when it comes to coffee.

Most experts recommend not exceeding 2 cups of coffee a day. Anymore than that and you run the risk of becoming de-hydrated or raising your blood pressure.

Coffee apparently contains a substance called cafestol which can raise your cholesterol. Avoid drinking coffee made in a French press. Rather, drink coffee made with a paper filter or try instant coffee.

But do be sure to limit your coffee intake to 2 cups per day and drink ’em plain!

Until Next Time,

May Your Coffee Always Be Freshly Brewed!

Coffee Not for Colds or Flu?

Written by Lori Thiessen

I’m sick.

I’m home in bed feeling crappy, but well enough to bang out a post. My husband’s been sick too and the first thing we generally do is make a cup of tea when we start to feel poorly.

I’ve noticed that coffee is never mentioned in the same breath as chicken soup or the traditional, nice hot cup of tea when offering homemade cold remedies. Why is that?

In “A Cup of Coffee A Day Keeps the Doctor Away?” I wrote that coffee was actually good for certain ailments like preventing Type II Diabetes and some cancers.

But I’ve also read that caffeine can lower your immune system’s defenses and may make you more susceptible to flu’s and colds.

Like most medical advice, it’s mixed.

My dad split the difference and had one cup of coffee with his breakfast and one cup of tea with his dinner. He had water or a cup of juice with lunch. He rarely had colds or flu, but I don’t know if that is more to do with his staying moderate and regimented with his eating habits or the hot bevvies.

Personally, I think when you are sick, your system can’t take something as strong as coffee. A weak cup of herbal tea is just about right for a person in the throes of fighting the flu.

Of course, there are any number of plants, herbs, and bark that can be made into a tea. Coffee is made from coffee beans or chicory if you want non-coffee bean coffee.

For now, I’ll stick to tea until I’m better, then I’ll start up with coffee again.

Q: Do you ever drink coffee when you aren’t well?

Until Next Time,

May Your Coffee Always Be Freshly Brewed!

What’s That Smell?

Written by Lori Thiessen

When coffee was first introduced to English consumers in the 17th century, one of the first reactions was to the scent of coffee. It must be an evil thing with such a vile smell, was one of the comments.

Many people however have a different reaction to the smell of freshly ground beans or freshly brewed coffee. They love it! I must confess that I like the smell of some types of coffee brewing in the morning. There is something wonderfully inviting about the aroma – an invitation to the day perhaps.

In this month’s Shared Vision Magazine, there is a short blurb about a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry about the benefits of coffee.

We all know that coffee, or rather caffeine is a great temporary energy booster, but this recent study shows that even the smell of brewing coffee can get your brain cells bouncing.

Rats were given coffee to sniff and there were changes in the rats’ brains linked to increased antioxidant activity and reduction of the ill-effects of sleep deprivation.

So instead of saying yes to that late night cup of coffee, just give the cup a good whiff and pass it on!

Q: Do you have trouble going to sleep after having that after dinner coffee?

Until Next Time,

May your coffee always be freshly brewed!

A Cup of Coffee A Day Keeps the Doctor Away?

Written by Lori Thiessen

When coffee was first marketed to late 17th century English potential consumers, it was touted as a healthy elixir guaranteed to cure or prevent everything from headaches, consumption, coughs, dropsy, gout, scurvy, scrofula, miscarriages, diseases of the spleen, gas and other digestive problems to nervous disorders.

Sound like a likely story?

Modern medicine has taken another look at coffee and found that these early claims may contain some proof of the efficacious qualities of the black brew. There have been some reports that coffee will, indeed, help you with your gout. Some studies have shown early indications that coffee will reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes, memory loss in women, as well as lowering your risk of heart disease and some cancers. In fact, drinking moderate amounts of coffee daily (2-5 cups) can help you with your nervous disorders (e.g. depression). But some studies are showing that some people handle coffee better than others.

But before you get too excited about ordering a double shot espresso, be advised that the medical community is still mulling over the information. The Harvard Medical School released news that coffee is okay in small doses over the entire day. The ill effects of coffee like nervousness, heart palpitations, and increased blood pressure comes from drinking gallons of the stuff.

So go ahead and have that cup of coffee just be sure to have an apple with it too!

Until Next Time,

May your coffee always be freshly brewed!