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14 Things Only Coffee Drinkers Would Understand

14 Things Only Coffee Drinkers Would Understand

Coffee for some is an indispensable part of their everyday lives and it’s not just for the caffeine buzz. It’s about the experience from the roasting process and experimenting with different roast combinations to the actual taste and smell of the final product.

You might call us pretentious or find us to be insufferable but for those of us that can define a nightmare as having no coffee available, here is a list of things that only a coffee drinker would understand.

We Don’t Buy Pre-Ground Coffee

When I drink coffee, I grind my own beans

    Real coffee lovers don’t purchase pre-ground coffee.

    Why?

    Coffee Confidential lists four reasons why you shouldn’t buy pre-ground coffee – contamination, oxygen, moisture and carbon dioxide depletion. You can read more about it on their site, but basically coffee beans have volatile flavor compounds and aromatics that dissipate once the bean becomes ground. This means that the longer the ground is allowed to sit, the more dull the flavor gets until it finally becomes stale and tastes like that sludge that’s been sitting in the coffee pot at work for way too long.

    You Understand The Importance Of A Good Grinder

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    Coffee Grind Size for Brewing

      It’s not enough to just grind beans right before making a cup of coffee. You understand the importance of both grind size and uniformity to ensure consistent and predictable extractions.

      The Best Part Of Waking Up

      Coffee Smell

        … isn’t Folgers in your cup, but the smell of a fresh batch of coffee being made. Smells can trigger good feelings and feelings of wakefulness as well as signal the tastes to come.

        You Know What This Is

        Coffee Siphon System

          You may know it as a vacpot, vacuum brewed coffee, siphon brewer, siphon vacuum coffee… whatever the case is though, you know what it is.

          You Do Not Consider This Coffee

          Different frappuccino's from Starbucks

            I have nothing against Starbucks and their coffee, but don’t you just hate when you’re with someone and they tell you that they’re just dying for a cup of coffee and then order a frappuccino. While it very well may be the embodiment of delicious, we all know the truth… a frappuccino is not coffee. It’s a milkshake with some caffeine!

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            While We’re At It… You Also Don’t Consider Decaf To Be Coffee Either

            Decaf Coffee is like orange free orange juice

              Hoping to drop the caffeine addiction? Guess what, even decaffeinated coffee comes with at least a small dose of caffeine.

              It’s also not healthy because of the toxic solvents that are used in the process to strip the caffeine.

              Decaf shouldn’t be considered coffee nor should it exist.

              We Understand Pulling A Perfect Shot Of Espresso Is An Art Form

              Espresso

                The perfect espresso shot may be subject to personal taste but there are certain characteristics that a shot of espresso must have if it is to be considered perfect.

                When It Comes To Espresso You Know It’s All About The Crema

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                Espresso Crema

                  That golden, frothy colored liquid that comes out during an espresso extraction is the crema and it’s a good indication as to the freshness of the bean, how fully it’s been extracted, and the evenness of the extraction. The thickness and its marbled effect is also what allows for latte art.

                  Latte Art Crema

                    There’s No ‘X’ In Espresso If You’re From The US

                    Sure, the Oxford English Dictionary lists expresso as an often-occurring variant, but if you’re from America, it’s incorrect.

                    There’s No Such Thing As Too Much For You

                    No Such Thing As Strong Coffee

                      Those of us that love coffee know that there’s no such thing as too strong of a cup of coffee, drinking too many cups or having too much caffeine flowing through our bodies.

                      You Don’t Know The Meaning Of Depression In The Face Of A Good Cup Of Coffee

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                      Coffee Depression

                        Studies show that having a cup of coffee can reduce the risk of depression. Of course, there are also studies that show that drinking too much coffee can actually increase depression, but we don’t buy into that. The only time we get depressed, when it comes to coffee, is when we’re served a bad cup.

                        Milk And Sugar Are Optional For Us

                        Milk Sugar Coffee Optional

                          Milk is a necessity if you want a latte and you might take a touch of sugar to enhance a mediocre cup of coffee’s flavor, but you also know how to enjoy your coffee black so that you can truly enjoy its natural flavor profiles and sweetness on its own.

                          You Never Say No To Coffee

                          Never Say No To Coffee

                            You never say no to someone asking you to grab a cup of coffee. In fact, if a friend wants to get you to come out of hiding and hang out, all they need to do is suggest a coffee date. It can get to the point of actually coming close to a nuisance if you actually have things that need to be done and get multiple requests within the day to grab a cup… keyword almost.

                            Bad Coffee Is Better Than No Coffee

                            Even Bad Coffee Is Better Than No Coffee

                              Featured photo credit: Hipster couple drinking coffee in Stockholm old town. They’re sitting face to face. The man is wearing a blue sweater and the woman a striped shirt with black leather jacket. See-through shot. via shutterstock.com

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                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                              10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                              There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                              One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                              In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                              Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                              1. Cat Camel Stretch

                              Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                              Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                              Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                              Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                              2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                              This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                              Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                              The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                              Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                              Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                              3. Jumping Jacks

                              Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                              Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                              4. Abductor Side Lifts

                              Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                              Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                              5. Balancing Table Pose

                              This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                              Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                6. Leg Squats

                                Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                7. Push Ups

                                You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                8. Bicycle Crunches

                                There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                9. Lunges

                                Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                10. Bicep Curls

                                You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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