Coffee is usually consumed in the morning. It is the usual wake-up call for most people. Caffeine, which is a natural stimulant that gives us an energetic start, is found in coffee. Coffee for breakfast works well with any morning meal to boost the energy for a long day.
Nowadays, as recent research regarding the health benefits of moderate consumption of coffee is suggesting, that it lowers the risk of prostate cancer in men, lower depression in women and protection from Type 2 Diabetes, it is not being taken for breakfast only anymore.
Some creative cooks now include it on their concoctions, which stir the brain and reduce the stress of the one taking it.
Excerpts from an article written by Judy Royal in Star News Online site, regarding coffee being added as an ingredient to various mouthwatering food and drink concoctions. It is being used as ingredients in candles and aromatherapy sessions.
Coffee for breakfast, I don`t think so
Coffee isn’t just for breakfast anymore, and it’s far from a standalone beverage these days. Creative cooks are finding that a well-placed java jolt can add zing to their culinary concoctions. Studies suggest that just smelling coffee can stir the brain and reduce stress.
A jolt of Joe
Introduced in 2005, Van Gogh Espresso Vodka incorporates the flavor of Colombian coffee beans with a hint of cocoa and citrus. It’s handcrafted in small batches through a double infusion method. He uses only natural ingredients to ensure it tastes and smells like hot, fresh espresso. Order it online from www.crownwineandspirits.com for $25.99 or look for it in the liquor store.
Two great tastes in one
When you’re looking to warm up, forget about choosing between hot chocolate and coffee. You can have them both in one cup at Surf House, which has locations in Carolina Beach and Racine Commons. Made with 12 ounces of coffee, bars of French Valrhona dark chocolate, cream, sweetener and two bruleed marshmallows. The $3.50 Java is one of nine hot chocolate varieties the shop offers during winter months (and 50 cents cheaper than all the others).
Coffee and cake together
Chef Chris Lubben, a former owner of Chris’ Cosmic Kitchen, uses coffee and coffee grounds to make one flavor of his famous cheesecake. He sells through weekly orders to firstname.lastname@example.org and delivers to pick up spots in Brunswick and New Hanover counties. The 12-slice coffee creation has a crust of whole Oreo cookies and weighs 5 pounds, all for $28. Order by Tuesday and eat it on Thursday. Even those who don’t love coffee, including kids, are known to enjoy the sweet, rich flavor.
Sweet-smelling burnt coffee
Burn a 100 percent soy coffee candle from Candles Etc., 25 Market St., and people might swear something’s brewing. Owner Michael Lambrix said it’s one of the shop’s bestsellers, and he attributes the robust and natural fragrance to natural and essential oils as well as a hint of chocolate. The coffee candle is one of 43 Old Wilmington Candle Company scents made on site. Prices range from $7.95 for a 4-ounce travel tin to $24.95 for a 21-ounce jar that burns for 11 hours. Buy three or more candles and get 10 percent off.
Lift yourself with some freshly brewed aromatherapy. Coffee bean essential oil, with notes of chocolate and bitter spice, is meant to energize the body and mind, improve respiration and soothe aching muscles. It may also be used as an appetite stimulant, mood enhancer, antioxidant, anti-depressant and room deodorizer as well as a way to combat nausea and heal insect stings.
Its benefits are being acknowledged, thus making it available not only in breakfast but throughout the whole day.