To Coffee, With Love

We all have our vices, and while some of us can’t stay away from cheese and others love a lovely glass of gorgeous red wine, I can’t go a single day without coffee. They say it’s bad for you, but isn’t everything that is wonderful in this world? So here is a celebration of this delicious nectar. This is from me to you coffee, with all my love.

Coffee boosts your mood

I don’t know anybody that doesn’t need a pick-me-up first thing in the morning, and even just the smell of coffee has been proven to send people into a state of relaxation. A study even found that women who drank four or more cups of the good stuff a day, every day, were 20 per cent less likely to suffer from depression!

There is a coffee for everyone

Whether you like a hit of espresso or order gourmet coffee from, there is a coffee to suit every mood, palate, and situation. Meeting friends? A cappuccino will do just fine. Need a boost? Hit me with a mocha! Sweltering in the middle of summer? Ice it up and give me a straw. Coffee is diverse, and that is why I love you.

Coffee can protect your heart

According to one Harvard study, two or more cups of coffee a day can protect you against future heart failure. The researchers found that those who drank this quote each day were 11 per cent than those who do not. Other studies have found that when women drink larger intakes of both coffee and green tea, they lower their risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Interesting how this is mostly true for women and isn’t the same for men!


Coffee loves your liver

But it would seem that only certain types of coffee do. For example, filter coffee is said to be good for your liver as the filters prevent substances such as cafestol and kahweol from even reaching your mug. On the other hand, an espresso, which contains sucrose, can actually increase the severity of fatty liver disease!

Coffee wards off Type 2 Diabetes

Those who drink a lot of coffee are less likely to develop Type 2 diabetes than those who drink fewer amounts, or no coffee at all. This is due to coffee containing ingredients which can lower blood sugar. Some researchers suggest that the brewing method of coffee has a lot to do with this, as it is often decaf coffee which is the most effective in lowering blood sugar.

Coffee is good for your garden

But only when it has already been used. Your used coffee grounds are an excellent source of nitrogen and can do wonders for the home compost-bin. Used coffee grounds are also great for keeping slugs and snails away from your valuable plants; this is due to the abrasive and acidic quality of acid. To use, simply sprinkle around any plants or flowers which these little critters are particularly partial to.

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