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Published on February 18, 2021

Coffee Vs Energy Drinks: Why Coffee Gives You A Better Boost

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Coffee Vs Energy Drinks: Why Coffee Gives You A Better Boost

Is it hard for you to get going in the morning? Do you often feel tired and run down? Is focusing on your work a struggle? If you’ve answered yes to any or all of these questions, then don’t worry, as the majority of people also suffer from these issues.

Many people turn to energy drinks such as Monster and Red Bull. However, in this article, I want to share with you a superior alternative—coffee. As I’ll show you, when you choose the right coffee and drink it at the right time, it can become the best energy booster for your mind and body.

Coffee Vs Energy Drinks

Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of consuming coffee and energy drinks. Please put aside any preconceived ideas you may have around these drinks, and read on to find out the scientifically-backed pros and cons of each drink.

Disadvantages of Energy Drinks

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers have discovered that there are multiple downsides to consuming energy drinks, and these include the fact that they:[1]

  • Contain a lot of sugar
  • Are highly processed
  • Can cause dehydration
  • Can cause insomnia
  • Can cause anxiety
  • Can cause headaches
  • Can lead to tooth decay
  • Can cause high blood pressure
  • Can lead to kidney failure
  • Can be addictive

Energy drinks are also typically expensive, making them a poor choice for anyone on a tight budget. They’re also a drink that you can’t make at home but have to purchase from a store instead. This may sometimes prove to be inconvenient for most people who regularly consume energy drinks.

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In my opinion, the marketing of energy drinks by energy drink companies is a lot better than the actual drinks themselves, especially when you consider that a growing body of scientific evidence shows that consuming energy drinks can have serious health effects—particularly in children, teenagers, and young adults.[2] Having said that, there are still some benefits to be had from occasionally or moderately consuming an energy drink.

Advantages of Energy drinks

According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, energy drinks can:[3]

  • Provide a quick energy boost
  • Help supply vital nutrients such as B vitamins
  • Improve physical endurance
  • Enhance alertness
  • Boost reaction time

And of course, some people enjoy the sugary or fruity taste that’s typically part of an energy drink. Personally, I think it’s okay if you want to consume the occasional energy drink, but I don’t recommend that you make it a habit.

Disadvantages of Coffee

Let’s turn our attention now to coffee. First, let’s start by looking at some of the downsides of consuming it:[4]

  • Can cause anxiety
  • Can disrupt sleep
  • Can raise blood pressure
  • Can be addictive
  • Can be expensive

While the above disadvantages may sound a little scary and off-putting, in reality, if you learn to choose the right coffee and drink it at the right time, you won’t have anything to worry about. And as you’ll see below, coffee has many more plus points compared to energy drinks, and its advantages far outweigh the disadvantages.

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Advantages of Coffee

Fortunately, coffee has dozens of physical and mental health benefits, including:[5]

  • Being packed with essential nutrients
  • Being a fantastic source of antioxidants
  • Being loaded with caffeine—a stimulant that can enhance brain function and boost metabolism
  • Offering protection from Parkinson’s disease
  • Offering protection from Alzheimer’s diseases
  • Lowering the risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Lowering the risk of liver diseases
  • Lowering the risk of depression and suicide
  • Increasing metabolism
  • Helping people to live longer
  • Providing a sustained physical and mental energy boost

Comparing the advantages and disadvantages of coffee to the advantages and disadvantages of energy drinks, you’ll see why coffee is almost always better. With the appropriate equipment, coffee can also be conveniently and cost-effectively made at home—making it the perfect kind of energy drink.

These are just some of the many benefits of drinking coffee, but as I’ll show you later in this article, it’s important that you purchase high-quality coffee and consume it at the correct times of the day to get the utmost health and energy benefits.

Choose Coffee for Energy

On balance, when you compare energy drinks to coffee, there is one clear winner—coffee! That’s because coffee offers the best-sustained energy boost, and if made correctly, it doesn’t include the heaps of sugar or artificial sweeteners that most energy drinks are loaded with. Coffee is also a satisfying drink in both hot and cold climates.[6]

Personally, I’ve found tremendous benefits from drinking coffee for energy. It helps wake me up in the morning, and it helps me to stay focused and on track throughout my day. While I like to take a break from caffeine during the weekend, I can definitely attest to the energy-boosting power it provides me during my working week. It enables me to complete my tasks and projects on time, every time.

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Given my appreciation of the taste and effects of coffee, I’ve spent the last few years researching the best coffee beans for energy-boosting, and this has led to me launch my own coffee product: Infuel Energy.

Infuel Energy Coffee contains ethically-sourced coffee beans from Ethiopia. The coffee beans are lightly roasted, ensuring that you can benefit from the maximum amount of energy-boosting caffeine. It’s also a very tasty coffee bean with a fruity flavor with hints of chocolate and caramel that will instantly lift your mood and liven your day.

Infuel Energy PLUS Coffee is a specialized high-caffeine blend that will give you the maximum energy boost you need to tackle whatever you need to do or achieve. The beans are ethically sourced from Tanzania and India. Even though this is deliberately a strong coffee, it doesn’t sacrifice flavor. In fact, I feel it’s the perfect blend of a great-tasting coffee with a substantial energy-boosting punch.

Both of these premium coffee beans are available for you to try and buy today. Choosing between these two is mostly a matter of preference.

Whether you choose Infuel Energy Coffee or Infuel Energy PLUS Coffee, you’ll benefit from our bespoke ‘roast-to-order’ offering. This means we wait until we receive your order before we fire up our roaster. In other words, we roast your coffee and dispatch it the same day to guarantee that it’s at peak freshness when it reaches your home.

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I highly recommend that you try out the energy-boosting power of these specialist coffees by ordering a 12oz pack today: Infuel Energy Coffee and Infuel Energy PLUS Coffee.

Don’t miss this tasty and healthy way to improve your focus and boost your energy. I guarantee that you’ll notice a real difference in your energy levels.

Make Coffee Your Morning Friend

One last word about drinking coffee for energy:

It’s best that you only drink coffee in the morning. That’s because caffeine has a half-life—the time taken by the body to eliminate one-half of the caffeine—of about 5 hours.[7] This means that if you drink a cup of coffee at 6 pm, you’ll still have half the caffeine from the coffee in your system at 11 pm. You can see how this might adversely affect your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep.

If you stick to drinking coffee only in the morning, then you will get the energy boost you need throughout the day, and you’ll still be able to sleep like a baby at night. I hope this article has helped persuade you that coffee is the best choice when it comes to choosing an energy drink that you can consume and enjoy on a daily basis.

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Featured photo credit: Nathan Dumlao via unsplash.com

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20 Delightful Tea And Coffee Recipes You Should Try At Least Once

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20 Delightful Tea And Coffee Recipes You Should Try At Least Once

It’s likely that you drink a fair amount of tea or coffee every day. Even if you don’t drink them daily, you probably don’t stay away from occasionally sipping a cup of tea or coffee, as you fancy. Be it a cold winter day or a hot summer afternoon, these caffeine packed beverages are a popular choice. With the extra touch of additional ingredients for taste and health, your caffeine beverage now comes in a variety of creative recipes. Here, below, are 20 delightful tea and coffee recipes to jazz up your regular caffeine dosage and shake you free from your thirst.

1. Easy Chai Tea

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    Easy chai tea is a “throw-in-what-you’ve-got” tea that you can literally spice up with exotic spices to keep you warm through a cold winter. Although winter is almost over, you can’t go wrong trying out this simple recipe. It could even replace your morning and evening beverage—who knows?—since it’s so very simple to prepare. (Click here for the recipe)

    2. Hot and Spicy Himalayan Tea

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      A nice infusion of a whole lot of spices and Darjeeling tea, this hot and spicy Himalayan tea is what has been keeping the people high in the Himalayan mountains warm for ages. Get the taste of Himalaya in a cup with this recipe. (Click here for the recipe)

      3. Hot Cranberry Tea

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        “A cup of tea can solve anything.” When the cup of tea is as good as hot cranberry tea, you don’t worry about having to solve anything. The hot cranberry tea smells just as good as it tastes. You can get inventive making it with the spices that are readily available in your cupboard. (Click here for the recipe)

        4. Hibiscus Lemongrass Tea

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          Hibiscus is slowly gaining popularity in the beverage industry for the health benefits it brings, along with its authentic color and taste. Try hibiscus lemongrass for once instead of lemon in your tea and see. It is just as good iced as it is hot and is easy to prepare. (Click here for the recipe)

          5. Matcha Tea

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            Matcha tea comes with plenty of health benefits. You can prepare matcha tea at home in several ways. In the simplest version, all you have to do is measure the required amount of matcha tea powder and mix it with a small amount of boiling water. Then, you add additional water as necessary. (Click here for the recipe)

            6. Perfect Vanilla Tea

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              Vanilla comes second in the list of the most expensive spices in the world. Its elegant flavor explains why vanilla is loved so much in a wide variety of pastries and beverages. Perfect vanilla tea is a perfect blend of plain tea and exotic spices to create a perfect mug any time of day. (Click here for the recipe)

              7. Lemon Spiced Wellness Tea

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                Feel a bit under the weather? Tea. Even better: lemon spiced wellness tea. It contains no sugar but you can sweeten it as you like. This is your road to wellness. (Click here for the recipe)

                8. Chocolate Mint Cappuccino

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                  Most of us start our day with a big cup of coffee. Hot chocolate mint cappuccino coffee to start a cold winter day- nothing is more soul-warming than that. The invigorating flavor of mint and the richness of chocolate in this cappuccino will take your coffee experience up a notch. (Click here for the recipe)

                  9. Italian Cappuccino

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                    In Italian, cappuccino literally means “little cap”. The frothy, foamy little cap of milk and cream on top of the espresso base has won millions of hearts around the world, making coffee the most popular beverage. It’s best when you use fresh coffee to prepare this drink. This Italian cappuccino would be a nice start to the day during a cold winter or any time of year. (Click here for the recipe)

                    10. Caramel Macchiato

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                      Caramel always leaves its mark when used in any kind of food or beverage. This delicious cup of caramel macchiato is sure to leave you wishing for more. You can try it with different kinds of flavored syrups as substitutes to caramel. Try a cup of warm caramel macchiato with some cookies for a perfect snack. (Click here for the recipe)

                      11. Coffee Frappe

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                        You don’t always have to take your coffee hot; try a frappe. If you like blended coffee drinks, blend vanilla ice cream, vanilla extract, coffee, milk, ice, and simple syrup in a blender until smooth; pour it in a tall glass; top it up with whipped cream and sprinkle the cocoa powder. Enjoy! You can prepare it in an instant. (Click here for the recipe)

                        12. Walnut Coffee Frappe

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                          Blend in some walnut with your coffee frappe and there you have your walnut coffee frappe! This delicious coffee shake will shake you up with its rich texture and taste. There isn’t any better way to enjoy the taste of walnut in a beverage. Treat your family to this delightful frappe to win them over. (Click here for the recipe)

                          13. Easy Peppermint Mocha

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                            If you love the peppermint flavor, you will love this even more: mocha and peppermint. They blend perfectly together. This simple peppermint mocha is easy to make with easily available ingredients and the taste will stimulate your taste buds. The crushed peppermint candy cane topping makes it delightfully minty. (Click here for the recipe)

                            14. Cinnamon Dolce Latte

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                              The simple cinnamon syrup is the secret to this wonderful coffee treat. After all, it’s a cinnamon dolce latte. The heartwarming taste of butter and brown sugar also mix together beautifully in this latte. You can leave out the butter and this drink still stands out for its delightful taste. Give it a try at home and save yourself a trip to Starbucks. (Click here for the recipe)

                              15. Skinny Caramel Frappuccino

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                                This Starbucks-style Frappuccino is cold, creamy rich and truly satisfying. You might be wondering why they call it “Skinny” Caramel Frappuccino. Every ingredient, including the sweetener in this beverage is sugar-free and fat-free to make sure that you stay “skinny” like you want, and there’s guaranteed satisfaction. The recipe claims to have only 50 calories per serving. (Click here for the recipe)

                                16. Chocolate Cherry Jubilee Frappe

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                                  There is no wrong time for a frappe, so here’s another frappe with creative flavors. Mix in a cherry flavor to your coffee frappe to add a new taste twist. This drink is chocolaty and the cherry flavor blends really well with it. I’m sure you will love this chocolate, coffee and cherry combo. (Click here for the recipe)

                                  17. Lemonade Sweet Tea

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                                    Lemon goes very well with any kind of tea, hot or iced. A tall glass of hot lemon tea early in the morning helps cleanse your digestive system, experts say. This tall glass of cold lemon tea is equally revitalizing and thirst quenching. (Click here for the recipe)

                                    18. Ginger-and-Honey Sweet Tea

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                                      Tea is known to have antioxidants that help you fight aging. Add ginger and honey to it and get a healthy and delightful iced tea. Sip and savor this iced drink on a summer day to beat the heat. (Click here for the recipe)

                                      19. Minty Iced Green Tea

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                                        People love green tea for the health benefits they believe it has. Studies show that drinking green tea helps fight cancer and heart diseases. Mint leaves add a cool, refreshing flavor to this simple green tea. This makes a healthy beverage perfect for quenching your thirst any time and in any season.  (Click here for the recipe)

                                        20. Nutella Blended Coffee Drink

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                                          The infusion of the flavors in this blended coffee is over the top. Chocolate, coffee, Nutella; people love them already for what they are individually. The combo of these three is a unique flavor that you will love even more. (Click here for the recipe)

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