As the mornings get cooler and cooler here in Minnesota, what better time to discuss the invigorating powers of coffee? Let’s face it, the bed feels a little more comfortable in the morning when you know the temperatures outside are dipping below 50 degrees and it’s only going to get colder over the next couple of months.
The bedroom floor feels a little colder, you stay in the hot shower for just a little bit longer and your thirst for that first sip of coffee is just a little bit stronger. That’s why the coffee fanatic is our November persona here at Innovative Office Solutions.If you’re a coffee drinker, you’re fully aware of the fact that you’re sort of a slow-footed zombie until you have that first cup of coffee in your hands in the morning. You’re not alone. Nobody likes the fog of a cold winter morning, and coffee drinkers are well aware of the joy and the jump coffee can give you.
It’s with that in mind that we give you 10 interesting facts about coffee and how it can lead to increased workplace productivity. Can you live without it? Of course, but don’t try to tell that to a coffee drinker, and especially not on a cold November morning!
- A coffee plant can live for up to 200 years.
Sure, coffee plants look like adorable little seeds when they’re first sprouting, but they ultimately grow into bushy plants that can live for two centuries. That’s kind of how you feel at work when you’ve had a great cup of coffee to start your day.
- Roasters usually buy a year’s-worth of beans at a time.
Most coffee-growing countries (almost all of which are near the equator) have just one harvest a year (some have two), so roasters buy up to a year’s worth at a time. It’s then kept fresh through special storage technology. Not to fear, the beans are usually shipped out the same day they’re roasted. Freshness is crucial—just like you at work.
- Unlike wine or champagne, you can drink the best coffee in the world for relatively cheap.
Coffee is unique amongst commodities in that even the most expensive bags are relatively cheap if you brew them at home. A $5,000 bottle of wine might be a bit out of your reach, but most of the best coffee is within your budget! (Coffee is the second-most traded commodity on the planet, trailing only oil.)
- Coffee isn’t actually that dehydrating.
You’ve probably heard many times in your life that coffee can dehydrate you. That’s proven not to be true as studies have proved that coffee isn’t quite the diuretic that it was once thought to be. Unless you’re drinking more than 600mg a day (more than two large cups), your hydration levels aren’t in any danger at all. (You know on this blog we push water anyway. Go ahead and have your morning coffee and a cup in the afternoon too if that’s what keeps you going, but keep drinking water throughout the day!)
- Coffee can help you live a longer and healthier life.
While there’s no doubt that caffeine can help wake you up in the morning and jump start your day at work, you’ve no doubt heard that too much caffeine is bad for your long-term health. However, coffee contains lots of antioxidants (it’s the biggest source of antioxidants in an average Western diet!) that help the body fight chemicals called “free radicals.” As a result, coffee drinkers are at a lower risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Type II Diabetes, and Heart Disease.
- Drinking coffee can actually help you burn fat!
Studies have shown that drinking caffeine can increase your metabolism 3 to 11%. It’s one of the few chemicals that can actually help with fat burning. Now, we’re obviously not saying that drinking coffee every day is going to help your waist line (especially if you load up on cream and sugar), but it’s really not as bad for you as you might think.
- Shepherds discovered coffee in Ethiopia around 800 A.D.
You’ve heard the story of Jesus turning water into wine to save a party? Well he probably would have turned some of it into coffee if it had been invented by then. Legend has it that 9th century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating coffee berries.
- Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Researchers found that older patients with high levels of caffeine in their blood were more likely to avoid Alzheimer’s. Studies have also shown that caffeine has positive effects on type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. It has also been shown to protect against skin cancer in women.
- Just smelling coffee can wake you up.
A group of scientists reported that simply inhaling the aroma of coffee can alter the activity of some genes in the brain, reducing the effects of sleep deprivation. And when you do drink that cup of coffee, caffeine reaches your bloodstream and begins to work in roughly 10 minutes.
- Caffeine improves your performance when working out.
Are you one of those people who likes to ingest coffee before working out? You’re certainly not alone. Caffeine increases your levels of adrenaline, and releases fatty acids from fat tissues, leading to a better physical performance. If you’re able to fit workouts into your daily work routine, it’s not a bad idea to down a cup of coffee 15 minutes before you hit the gym.So there you have it coffee lovers, 10 things you probably never knew about your favorite beverage that fuels your morning and makes getting out of bed just a little bit easier during the winter months. And we didn’t even have to tell you about how some of the most expensive coffee in the world is harvested from… forget it, we’re not going there.
Enjoy your coffee!