Attention all coffee lovers: you might be getting more from your first cup of coffee or cold brew than just a caffeine buzz. Most of us drink coffee to perk up in the morning or boost our mid-day slump but drinking coffee can bring more than just the caffeine.
Coffee’s bad reputation doesn’t hold much truth. Some folks believe coffee is bad for you, although a reasonable amount of coffee can be a good thing. You shouldn’t have to feel guilty about your first (or even second) coffee of the day.
Keep reading for the benefits of coffee to learn how your cup of joe is doing a lot more than keeping your eyes open.
A Look Inside Coffee
Coffee naturally contains a variety of compounds like caffeine, antioxidants, and diterpenes. These compounds contribute to the unique flavor and the overall effect of coffee. Let’s break down all of coffee’s compounds and understand how it is working in your system.
You probably know and love caffeine, but do you know what it is? Caffeine is an active compound in coffee and a mild central nervous stimulant.
How much caffeine is in a cup of coffee? There is about 75 to 100 mg of caffeine in a typical cup of coffee. The caffeine content in coffee can depend on you make the coffee. For example, our cold brew contains 140mg of naturally occurring caffeine.
If you are worried about overloading on caffeine, it will take more than four cups of coffee. Up to 400 milligrams of caffeine is considered a safe daily amount for healthy adults. Caffeine can vary per beverage so double-check the label before guzzling down!
A reasonable amount of caffeine can bring benefits you may have experienced first hand, including improved attention, alertness, and even physical performance.
Caffeine can boost your energy when you feel tired or unmotivated, the main reason why most of us choose to drink it bright and early. The effects of caffeine can even carry over to your mood too. A moderate amount is associated with improvement in mood.
Of course, caffeine will affect everyone differently based on your age, how often you drink coffee or caffeinated beverages, and how sensitive you are to coffee. Some folks can have a coffee at 10 pm and be fast asleep by 10:30 pm; others might want to have their last one by 2-3 pm.
Coffee Packs Antioxidants
Coffee can give you a dose of sought-after antioxidants. Antioxidants can help your body fight off free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can harm cellular structures. They can cause oxidative stress, which may lead to several health issues.
Our bodies naturally create free radicals, but consuming antioxidants through food is a big part of the equation.
Coffee is an excellent source of antioxidants, packing almost 200 to 550 mg per cup. The antioxidants are where coffee’s benefits stem from! Coffee’s antioxidants fall into two categories: hydrocinnamic acids and polyphenols, both very effective at neutralizing free radicals!
The secret antioxidants can make your morning latte or afternoon cold brew even more enticing.
Pick Out A Quality Brew
Remember, not all coffee is created equal. There are a couple of criteria you should have on your radar when picking a coffee for your morning routine or Saturday adventure!
Know Your Coffee Types
Depending on how you brewed your coffee, each cup will look pretty different.
Cold brew coffee is made differently from your regular hot cup of joe, filling it with various health benefits. Cold brew is made by steeping coarse grounds of coffee in room temperature water for hours!
Once done steeping, cold brew creates a coffee concentrate that can be diluted with water. This process is simple, but it yields a coffee that contains more antioxidants, almost twice the caffeine, and significantly less acid!
What is Nitro Cold Brew?
Nitro cold brew coffee is a smooth, foamy version of cold brew. Infusing cold brew with nitrogen is crucial. Hence, nitro cold brew. This combination not only created a velvety, decadent version of cold brew but can enhance and almost sweeten the flavor of the coffee without any sugar!
Where Are The Beans From?
The different varieties of coffee can make it super overwhelming to choose. A great rule of thumb is to know everything from where the coffee plant was grown to who was the coffee roaster.
High Brew uses premium 100% Direct Trade beans from Colombia. High Brew chooses to purchase coffee from the highest quality sources, supporting Columbian farmers while promoting environmental sustainability.
Hold The Sugar
Sweet-tooths, you know who you are. Loading coffee with sugar and artificial flavor can take away from its health benefits.
A little sugar doesn’t hurt! Black coffee isn’t for everyone. High Brew lightly sweetens some of its flavors with pure cane sugar and natural flavors like vanilla or cinnamon.
Coffee Drinkers Rejoice
Whether you need a boost before 7 am surf session or to make it through the workday, don’t hesitate when reaching for coffee - especially when it’s cold brew. High Brew was created to propel your forward, supporting your energy and mood with a tasty cold brew!