Whether you prefer it as thick as tar, or as light and frothy as a cloud, there’s a good chance you started your day off with a cup of joe.
Monday marks International Coffee Day, but if you passed over the caffeinated beverage in favour of a green juice or water this morning here are some reasons why you ought to reconsider...
Coffee can help you burn fat
Ok, so if you order the extra-large vanilla latte with whipped cream on top, you’re probably not doing your figure any favours.
However, research has shown that caffeine can help to boost your metabolism. One or two cups a day can increase your metabolic rate by up to 10 per cent.
It makes you less tired
You probably already knew that – and you also know that there’s no substitute for a good night’s sleep. But that doesn’t mean that coffee doesn’t provide a boost when you need it.
Caffeine is a stimulant that makes you feel more alert and focused so, as long as you apply the rules of moderation, that morning cuppa could be just the ticket.
Five third wave coffees to know
Five third wave coffees to know
1/5 Long black
Espresso and hot water, simple. A stronger, shorter Americano. A coffee for purists who want to savour it. Water first, espresso second. Always. The drink retains more of the crema than an Americano, is less voluminous and more strongly flavoured. An antipodean classic taking UK menus by storm.
Who drinks it: The café purist
Coming from the Italian for restricted, forcing less hot water through the coffee granules at a faster speed makes for a very short shot – typically 45ml for a double compared to 60ml for the same espresso. Say hello to a coffee with more flavour and less bitterness. A pain to make on pre-calibrated machines, it's "a fusspot's coffee," says Kamal Yusuf of Etcetera Café in London.
Who drinks it: The nuisance
Originally from Italy, this one gets the thumbs down from many third wave baristas. Pulling more hot water through the bed of espresso – a minute's worth, rather than 30 seconds – gives a longer coffee, typically 90–120 ml. But, some say, the grains are overused and the bitterness is drawn out. "If someone asked for one, I'd tend to put a touch of hot water in the bottom of an espresso shot instead," says Estelle.
Who drinks it: The poseur
Consists of two shots of espresso 'cut' (cortado is Spanish for cut) through with textured milk. The ratio of milk to coffee is between 1:1 and 1:2 (our diagram has 1:2), with the milk added after the espresso. Also known as a piccolo and – less commonly – a Gibraltar. "They're normally served in a 4oz glass. Like a mini strong latte," says Estelle Bright of Caravan in London.
Who drinks it: The trend-setter
5/5 Flat white
It's the coffee that started it all. Soon after the flat white came to these shores from its native New Zealand, it found its way on to the menus of the big chains from Pret a Manger to M&S. But its pleasingly simple blend of foamed milk and a double shot of espresso, sees it hold its place as the third wavers' favourite coffee. Shorter than a latte, with higher coffee to milk ratio, typically served in a small 150–160 millilitre ceramic cup.
Who drinks it: The blogger
Coffee can help to protect against Alzheimer’s
Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami found that coffee consumption is associated with a reduced risk of dementia. They discovered that adults who drink an average of three cups of coffee a day were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s.
Study author Dr Cao said: “We are not saying that moderate coffee consumption will completely protect people from Alzheimer’s disease. However, we firmly believe that moderate coffee consumption can appreciably reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s or delay its onset.”
It can reduce the risk of depression
Coffee is linked to a lower risk for depression, particularly in women – provided it’s drunk without sweeteners (farewell flavoured syrups).
Research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine found that drinking four or more cups of caffeinated coffee cut the risk of clinical depression by 20 per cent when compared with drinking one or fewer cups per week.
Coffee may prolong your life
Researchers form the National Cancer Institute (NCI) found that adults who drink three of more cups of coffee a day have a 10 per cent lower risk of death.
Study author Neal Freedman said: “We found coffee consumption to be associated with lower risk of death overall, and of death from a number of different causes. Although we cannot infer a causal relationship between coffee drinking and lower risk of death, we believe these results do provide some reassurance that coffee drinking does not adversely affect health.”
And finally… festive drinks
It’s not exactly a “health” benefit but part of being healthy is being happy, right? The nights are drawing in and during the long winter days a cinnamon spice latte or mint chocolate mocha could be the one thing makes everything else seem that little bit better.Reuse content