5 Coffee Benefits For Busy Parents

September 24, 2019 4 min read

5 Coffee Benefits For Busy Parents

Tired? Of course you are. You’re a parent. It’s what happens.

The “busy” schedule you had before kids looks like a vacation day now. Mornings, in particular, are exhausting to power through, which is why so many of us turn to coffee. But are coffee benefits really a thing? 

Oh, coffee. It’s our lightning in a mug that’s so essential when we’re feeling fatigued. It’s the cheese for our macaroni. It’s the jelly for our peanut butter. It’s the song for our dance.

Considering how dependent we are on coffee, it feels like a guilty pleasure. But if that’s how you feel, STOP! I have good news for you. Coffee is actually good for you!

That’s right. You can feel good about adding that daily coffee routine to our family balance.

 

Here are five reasons you should be drinking coffee if you aren’t already!

  1. Coffee contains a powerful source of healthy antioxidants, which help to fight inflammation, making it heart-healthy.
  2. In addition to your heart, coffee is good for your mind. It helps with short-term memory, aids in concentration and helps protect you from cognitive decline.
  3. Studies of coffee have also found it can curb certain cancers because Polyphenols in coffee have shown to be anti-carcinogenic. Coffee is also great for your liver and has been shown to lower the risk of cirrhosis and lowered liver enzymes.
  4. Coffee can also enhance your exercise. Many people think that caffeine is dehydrating, but you would have to consume upwards of 5 cups of coffee for that to happen, so only a few cups pose no interference to your workouts. Caffeine also enhances performance and endurance and helps to fight fatigue and strengthen muscle contraction.
  5. Caffeine in coffee also wards off depression by activating neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. It even lowers your risk of gout.

Good Coffee Made Easy (and Cold)

By now, you’re probably craving your next cup of coffee, which begs the question, how should you make your coffee?

Here’s my suggestion as a busy dad: Go cold. Drink cold brew coffee. That’s my choice and recommendation because I’m busy and appreciate things that are easy.

With cold brew, I can make two weeks worth of coffee at once, and it stays fresh and delicious in the refrigerator for easy, quick, and delicious access. Easy, insulated storage too with our HSD Backpack insulated side pockets. 

But if you need a better reason than simplicity, the flavor of cold brew coffee is smoother and more prominent. Furthermore, high-temperature brewing, if done incorrectly, can lead to undesirable flavors.

A roasted bean contains compounds such as oils and fatty acids, which are only soluble at high temperatures. When coffee is cold brewed, the beans are never exposed to high temperatures, leaving behind a very balanced, less acidic, smooth cup of coffee.

Those with acid reflux and related issues seem to have great success drinking cold brew coffee.

You still get all the benefits of your hot cup of coffee without the side effects since the pH is more balanced.

I know what you are thinking - if I have to drink cold brew, I can never have my hot coffee again. Wrong. You can still have that steaming hot cup of coffee in the morning by simply heating up your cold brew!

 

What is Cold Brew?

Don’t confuse cold brew coffee with iced coffee. Iced coffee is typically just regular brewed cooled and poured over ice.

Cold brew coffee, also called cold water extract, is the process in which coffee is ground and soaked in filtered room temperature or cold water. The brewing process can be for a minimum of 12 hours and up to 36 hours to make cold brew concentrate.

After brewing, the coffee is then filtered after the coffee has “steeped.” First, filter it through a metal coffee filter and then through a paper filter. Because the beans never come in contact with heat, it produces a much different chemical profile than a cup of coffee brewed with other methods.

The lower temperature allows many of the components that are broken down in a heated brew not to be dissolved completely, giving you a smoother, sometimes more delicious, cup of coffee.

Cold brew can be served as is, diluted with milk or water, served hot or over ice, or blended with other ingredients.

 

A Cold Brew Recipe to Get You Started

Vanilla Cinnamon

Ingredients
1 cinnamon stick
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
5 oz. whole coffee beans

Steps

  1. Grind your 5 ounces of coffee beans in a burr grinder to medium-coarse grind.
  2. Add your fresh ground coffee to your vessel of choice (mason jar, toddy, French press).
  3. Add in your cinnamon stick and vanilla extract.
  4. Fully saturate your coffee with 48 ounces of cold or room temperature filtered water.
  5. Let your coffee sit for a minimum of 24 hours or a maximum of 36 hours. (We recommend brewing in the refrigerator for up to 36 hours or room temperature for up to 24 hours)
  6. After your coffee is finished brewing, filter your coffee using the method of your choice. We recommend double filtering for maximum smoothness.

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