VALENTINE’S DAY IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER... HERE’S WHY COFFEE IS THE PERFECT GIFT

Published on February 2, 2021
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Caffeine has been around for centuries, and has enjoyed its fair share of popularity since its inception... but have you ever wondered why it’s so universally loved? The folks over here at Minas Espresso just can’t get enough of it, and so we wanted to share some insight into how it came about, and why it remains so popular to this day.
The Origins of Caffeine


When you think of the word “caffeine,” most people’s minds go directly to the coffee bean, which is a seed that can be found within the Coffea plant genus. While this is our favorite way to get our caffeine fix, the substance can be found in a variety of other plants that are native to Africa, East Asia, and South America. Humankind has been extracting caffeine from these plants for a long, long time.
The first credible evidence of coffee consumption occurred in the mid-fifteenth century—more particularly, in the Sufi monasteries of the Yemen, in southern Arabia. From there, the use of caffeine in its most popular form, the coffee bean, became more and more widespread. Today, 85% of American adults consume some form of caffeine on the daily, making it one of the most prevalent beverages in existence today.

So, why doesn’t everyone drink caffeine?
It is one of greatest drinks around, after all... but for some populations, caffeine isn’t recommended. For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that caffeine consumption is not appropriate for children, and should be avoided. Pregnant or breastfeeding women are another good example, and according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists should reduce their caffeine intake to up to 200mg a day. We’re sure you’ve heard the great news, though... no matter why you may decide caffeine is not the best choice for you right now, you can still enjoy the same intoxicating taste (and aroma) with decaf! Minas Espresso offers both ground and whole bean decaf coffee, so, you never have to go without your daily (caffeine-free) coffee fix.
The Benefits of Caffeine

One of our favorite things about caffeine is that not only does it give you that pick-me-up we all need in the morning—or maybe even at night—but it can also have a multitude of positive effects on your health. It’s even used within the medical field: it helps prevent and treat bronchopulmonary dysplasia in premature infants, it treats apnea of prematurity and orthostatic hypotension, and it’s even been prescribed alongside common pain relievers. Research has found it modestly improves the amount of people who experience pain relief, and it has even helped to improve the effectiveness of other medications, like those intended for headaches.
We’re not done yet... caffeine has also been found to help increase our cognitive performance. Because caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant, it helps to reduce fatigue, and at normal dosages, it generally improves one’s reaction time, concentration, motor coordination, and our overall wakefulness. We all know that caffeine can prevent drowsiness, but did you know it also improves task performance during sleep deprivation? Studies have shown that shift workers who use caffeine on the job make fewer mistakes that could result from drowsiness.
We’ve got more good news. Caffeine is also a proven ergogenic aid in humans... this means that it helps to improve and enhance our athletic performance. Moderate caffeine doses can improve sprint performance, cycling and running trial time performance, endurance, and cycling power output. If that’s not enough, caffeine also helps to improve muscular strength and power. It’s amazing all of the positive benefits caffeine can have on our mental and physical performance... but remember, everything in moderation. Even things that are considered universally good for you—think vitamins, for example—must be taken using the proper usage guidelines, and according to what your particular body needs.
The Perfect Gift

By now, you’re probably convinced of all the positive effects caffeine can have, but we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you of another important fact: not all coffee is the same, and where you buy your caffeine matters. Coffee beans produced by Minas Espresso are grown in Minas Gerais, or the largest coffee growing state in Brazil. There’s a reason why so much coffee is grown there, and that’s because the region—from the soil to the sun—is perfect for growing high-quality, exquisite tasting coffee. What’s more, the darker the roast you choose, the bolder the flavor... our featured product of the month, Benedito Espresso, has a rich, velvety body, complete with a lingering dark chocolate aftertaste and a complex molasses finish, which is perfect for dark roast coffee lovers.
If you want to share a little piece of Brazilian coffee magic with your loved ones this Valentine’s Day, don’t forget to take advantage of our Valentine’s Day Special. This year, we’re offering the Valentines Day Box, which features the Benedito Espresso Whole Bean or Ground, Assorted Chocolates and Valentine's Candy, as well as the Minas Mug... all for just $20. We just made gift-giving easy this Valentine’s Day.

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