Stop Spilling Coffee

Do you know anybody who has never spilled a mug full of coffee on his or her clothes or technological gadgets? I am sure this is a situation that has happened to almost everybody and, sometimes, more than once! You, or the person you know, have probably had favorite clothes ruined and expensive gadgets destroyed. The more you drink coffee, the more likely you are to spilling a coffee mug, no matter how careful you are. There will be a moment when you are completely distracted multitasking and the coffee mug will be sitting right in the place between your laptop and those very important documents – a recipe for disaster!

Suffer no more! There is a product already in the market that can save you from those embarrassing moments. It is costless compared to how much you would spend for having coffee spilled over you laptop, phone, or tablet. It is costless compared to how much time you would lose trying to get rid of coffee stains. It is costless compared to all the trouble you would have for having lost those important documents. The product I have been taking everywhere I go since I bought it, it is, of course, a coffee mug!

However, this is a special type of mug. For starters, it is called the Mighty Mug and its slogan says “The mug that won’t fall over”. It is a thermal, cylindrical mug that comes in all different types of sizes and colors. The mug’s magic is related to its suction cup located on the bottom of the mug. The suction cup adheres to smooth surfaces and will only release itself from the surface if you grab it from the mug’s upper part. Once it is stuck to the surface of your office table, it will resist to the most violent arm and hand hits without causing a mess. In addition, if you are not into coffee or want a more sportive looking product, the mug’s manufacturer offers similar products for other types of drinks. This is a product that can also appeal to college students. Waking up early for classes can leave any person a little more clumsy than usual. Using this type of mug might save your from spilling coffee over your class assignments and might avoid that your receive a bad grade. There is, however, one drawback. The mug does not maintain the coffee hot for a long period. One average, you can expect to have a hot beverage between one, one and a half hour.

Your coworker’s birthday is coming up? The Secret Santa party has already been drawn? Think no more! This can be the ultimate, most surprising gift you can give anyone. I can guarantee that everyone will try to hit this mug at least once to prove its power and will be amazed to see that it works! Last but not least, the mug is also dishwasher safe. Therefore, you can use it as much as you want during the day and put it into your washing machine if you do not feel like doing the dishes.

Coffee: The Good and the Bad You Didn’t Know About

I often say to my clients that it is not important what we do, rather WHY we do it. If I am nice to you because I have low self-esteem and I am afraid that you may not like me otherwise, the chemicals I am producing are stressing my body, creating inflammation and degeneration. However, if I am nice to you because it feels good to be nice (whether you like me or not), then I am creating healing and regenerative chemistry in my body.

The exact same logic applies to coffee. If you have it because you enjoy it, then you can reap the benefits of it and then some. But if you have it because you need it, drinking it is probably the worst thing you can do to yourself.

Coffee has anti-oxidants and other substances that are linked to improved heart health, liver function, brain performance and sugar metabolism. It even helps the diversity of the microbiome in the gut!

On the negative side, it is a stimulant (which depletes your adrenals big time if used long term), it is addictive, it is highly acidic (which is detrimental to the joints as well as to our ability to detoxify as it slows down lymphatic drainage), and it prevents absorption of essential minerals such as iron (decaf does that too).

So how can you determine if your body will benefit from coffee or not? Here is how:

If you can’t wake up in the morning unless you’ve had a coffee, if you don’t sleep well, if you must have a coffee in the afternoon or else your energy crashes, if you crave it and have headaches when you don’t have it, then it’s not good for you. You are possibly suffering adrenal depletion and coffee is only making it worse. In that case, you can’t reap any of the benefits cited above. If you want to help yourself, consider giving up coffee immediately! Start a meditation practice to lower your stress levels; go to bed at 9am and make sure that you are asleep before 10am; be out in nature more; focus on gratitude and forgiveness; drink more herbal teas (chamomile is excellent in this case). And last but not least, consider some kind of emotional release therapy since stuck emotions are likely contributing to your state of exhaustion.

If, on the other hand, you find yourself in a situation where you can be perfectly happy and functional without coffee, then you can get tons of benefits from enjoying a nice cup every now and then. Just make sure you are having it after a meal as a digestive (best time to have it is after lunch) and that you are in a happy, relaxed but alert state before you have it. Don’t use it as a crutch. Make it a conscious choice rather than necessity and your body will absorb all the good stuff from it. If caffeine overstimulates you, go decaf as the benefits from drinking coffee are not related to the caffeine itself.

How to Serve Up Killer Coffee

Coffee – it’s the blood pumping through our communal veins in the modern world. Few of us can comprehend a day started without it, and an ever-increasing proportion of the population has elevated coffee consumption to an art form, such that not knowing your Guatemalan from your Gorokan beans, your macchiato from your piccolo has become the worst kind of social faux pas. But never fear – it turns out it is possible to make good coffee at home, and even impress your friends with your barista skills. Here are my hot tips (see what I did there?!).

1. Buy good, fresh beans

Don’t skimp on the beans, because good coffee begins with good beans. Do some experimenting and find an origin, roast and producer that you like (and don’t forget to make sure it’s ethically sourced, because exploitation of the people who grow it and pick it is sure to leave a terrible taste in your mouth). And then, make sure you keep it fresh – coffee shouldn’t be kept for more than two weeks and it should be stored in an airtight container.

2. Grind the beans yourself

Part of keeping the coffee fresh is doing the grinding yourself, just before you brew your cup. Invest in a good grinder and you’ll thank yourself for countless mornings to come. The aim is to get a fine, even consistency.

3. Get the water right

Coffee aficionados insist that chlorinated water taints the taste of coffee, so you might like to consider a filter. Apart from that, it’s all about the temperature. The optimal water temperature for coffee brewing is 91°C (196°F) and 96°C – cooler than that and it will underextract and taste like dirty dishwater, hotter and it will burn the coffee and taste bitter as sin.

4. Cleanliness is next to Godliness

Speaking of sin – the cardinal one of coffee making is poor equipment hygiene. I’m not even going to start on all the various types of coffee machines and methods available to confound the would-be home coffee maker, but no matter which you choose, keeping your equipment clean will keep your coffee quality. Give your storage containers and grinder a good wash every couple of weeks to avoid an oily build up, and run vinegar through your coffee maker every month to get rid of any tainting residues. Just don’t forget to rinse it well afterwards. That’s pretty important.

5. Serve it in style

There’s a reason that good coffee shops don’t sling you a coffee in polystyrene. Now that you’ve gone to all that trouble to make spectacular coffee, you owe it to your brew present it in a worthy fashion.