5 Ways You're Drinking Coffee Wrong
Five simple ways to get more coffee in your life
Want to instantly improve your life? Put the kettle on. You average cup of Joe is to slash your cardiovascular risk by an impressive 53%, cut your Alzheimer’s risk by as much as 60% and four cups a day will even drop your risk of depression by 20%. And a couple of swigs will even significantly boost your ability to remember all of those facts, thanks to coffee’s memory boosting powers, according to a study from John Hopkins University.
(Related: The nine reasons you need to drink more coffee)
So if coffee is so good for you then why keep it trapped in your mug? Why not add this caffeine-packed superfood into each meal? (No, we don’t mean pour a pot of Nescafe onto your chicken.)
We’ve spilled the beans below how to get more coffee into your food.
Your building block of all recipes: the cold brew coffee
If you want to inject coffee into every meal or enjoy a refreshingly cold cup of joe (it is almost summer after all) then you've got to make this classic. Yes, it takes a long time, but it’s oh so simple.
- Ground coffee
- Filtered water
- No, seriously. That's it
- Tupperware container
1. In an air tight container add ground coffee and filtered water using a 2:10 ratio (200g of coffee for 1 litre of filtered water, maths fans.)
2. Stir the mixture and after about 2 minutes all the coffee should float on the top. Stir for another minute.
3. Seal the container. Leave it in the fridge for 16 hours.
4. Filter the cold brew coffee twice (hey, you’re aiming for perection here) using a cafetiere.
Best way to get more coffee: in your salad
Caffeine kick salad dressing
Finally, we’ve managed to find the answer to that age-old dinnertime dilemma: what could possible make aMHgym gourmet salad even better? A coffee salad sauce. Remember, you’ve got to dress to impress.
- A splash of orange juice
- 1 tsp honey
- ½ tsp wholegrain mustard
- Pinch of black pepper
- 50ml cold brew coffee (see the simple recipe above)
1. Mix those ingredients together in a bowl.
2. Pour the dressing over the salad.
3. Smugly smile how easy that was.
Best way to get more coffee: in your pre-run drink
Coffee brew berry blast
Don’t worry, despite the colour it’s still one of the manliest drinks you can have before a run. Why? As a university of Birmingham study showed, the coffee in this mocktail will raise your running endurance by 26%.
- 15ml sugar syrup
- 50ml cold brew coffee made with BRITA filtered water
- 35ml blackberry/raspberry juice
- 15ml blood orange juice (squeezed)
1. Add all ingredients to a glass and mix using a cocktail shaker
2. Serve over ice
Best way to get more coffee: in your cheat meal
We’ve got yet another reason to indulge in a fry-up this weekend? You can trade in your Heinz for this homemade coffee-flavored sauce.
- 1kg tomatoes
-100g soft brown sugar
-100ml white wine vinegar
-150ml cold brew coffee (see recipe above)
-1 tsp fennel seeds
-1 tsp allspice
-1 tsp mace
- ½ tsp mustard powder
- 1 slightly crushed garlic clove
1. Turn your oven to 200 degrees, 180 if fan assisted. Place all the tomatoes on to a baking tray. Season with salt, pepper and some olive oil and then cook until the skins are slightly charred.
2. Using a sieve, press the tomatoes through it into a medium sized pan (really press so that you get all of the flesh.)
2. Once you have a puree consistency, add the brown sugar and white vinegar and gently simmer. Into a piece of muslin cloth add all of the spices, tie the top, and add to the mixture stirring regularly to ensure the flavours infuse.
3. Leave to cook for 40 minutes. With 10 minutes to go add the cold brew and stir in well.
4. Once finished allow the ketchup to cool before transferring to a bottle/jar and using generously.
Best for getting more coffee: in your steak
Show us a man who says he doesn’t like steak and we’ll show you a liar. And now this lean-muscle-building staple isn’t just key to every man’s clean eating plan, but it’s also a great way to get more of coffee’s health benefits.
- 300g tuna steak
- 1 tsp crushed juniper berries
- 4-5 pieces of orange peel (no pith)
- Juice of half a squeezed orange
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- Pinch of black pepper
- 100ml cold brew coffee (check the recipe above. As if you need reminding again).
- 200g cherry tomatoes
1. In a dish suitable for the size of the tuna steak, add all of your ingredients. Massage the meat for a little bit making sure it comes into contact with everything. Cover with cling film and then put it in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
2. When you’re ready to cook the steak, heat a cast iron griddle pan until very hot.
3. Take your tuna steak from the marinade and rub with a little olive oil and then place on the griddle pan.
4. Depending on how you enjoy your tuna, in our case rare, cook for 2 minutes on each side. During cooking add the sprigs of thyme and rosemary, a few of the juniper berries and some of the marinade.
5. When happy with the steak remove it from the pan and allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes. Add the tomatoes to the pan, vine on, and cook until charred. Serve with a drizzle of marinade for full flavor.
Up to 98% of a cup of coffee is made up of water, so it’s important to ensure you use the best quality.
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