Yum FX777 CoffeeWorld: March 2012


Friday, March 16, 2012

Why We Pay Any Price for a Good Cup of Coffee #CoffeeWorld

Why We Pay Any Price for a Good Cup of Coffee #CoffeeWorld

What is the appeal of the coffee shop? What makes people go to coffee shops every day? Why do people pay the outrageous amounts of money for a cup coffee they can just as well make at home?

Simply enough, it's because people just love coffee! They love the taste and the smell of the hot liquid craved by so many. It's that "eye-opening" sensation you get from that first cup of coffee of the day. Of course, everyone has a favorite so the tastes and smells of the coffees and blends will vary from person to person. But from the first sip to the last, people love coffee. Some might argue that it's the stimulating affect of the caffeine of the coffee bean that keeps them coming back again and again; however, those who drink decaf still can't seem to get enough either!

Another reason people love coffee is the social factor: people love people! A coffee shop is a great place to meet people and socialize. You walk in for a cup of coffee in the morning and your chances of running into someone you know are very high. Who's not happy after they their first cup of coffee?

A coffee shop is a great place to have a business meeting. You could meet either for breakfast, lunch or after work and it's not as formal as the boardroom. A coffee shop is also very convenient for college students. Most coffee ships are open around the clock; there's always one on campus (or just around the block). And who doesn't need the caffeine to keep the creative fires burning!

Coffee beans and blends and other coffee condiments make great gifts. Different coffee types and accessories can put a smile on a gift recipient's face.

For many people, stopping at the coffee shop is just part of the morning ritual they couldn't do without - almost like putting on socks. It is a quiet time to relax before starting the day, a time to stop and read the paper, think about plans for the day, or make a few decisions. Life is busy and hectic, and time for a coffee is time to relax and unwind or to get charged up for the day ahead.

Other than the love of coffee, the socializing and the rituals, going to a coffee shop is just plain easier than making the coffee at home. You don't have to worry about grinding the beans or working the coffee maker. You don't have to wait for the coffee to be ready. You don't have to clean up. All you have to do is walk in off the street, place your order, and in minutes you have a great tasting cup of coffee just like you wanted. What could be better?

Source: Matthew Hick

Thursday, March 1, 2012

7 Tricks so You Can Drink Coffee and Tea and Still Change Habits #CoffeeWorld

7 Tricks so You Can Drink Coffee and Tea and Still Change Habits #CoffeeWorld

The enjoyment of a great meal shared with good friends is difficult to match. The secret thrill of making it through a meal knowing you didn't reach for a smoke, have an unnecessary second helping or bite your already painfully short nails will only enhance your experience.

Do expect that your urges might be stronger at different meal times. Recognizing when your urges are strongest will permit you to take the action that you need to defeat your urges during those times.

You can try some or all of these habit breaking tricks in order to make your habit change work:

1. Should you be eating alone, make sure that you do something the moment you have finished to break your regular routine.

2. If you're eating with company, make the effort to join in the conversation.

3. Join the slow food movement. Eat your food slowly and really enjoy the taste. It takes your body 10 minutes to understand it's full so this is an ideal way to control your eating habits too.

4. Wash the dishes by hand as opposed to using the dishwasher. If you believe that even wet, soapy hands won't deter you from smoking or biting your nails, then consider wearing thick washing up gloves for extra peace of mind.

5. Brush your teeth or use mouthwash right after meals.

6. If you're stopping smoking then your smoking urges could be stronger with certain foods. Take some time to get to recognize which food types increase your urge to smoke and avoid them while you change habits.

7. Your desire to smoke after meals may depend on whether you're alone, with other smokers, or with nonsmokers. Get to know the trigger points for your smoking desires and either stay away from them or use one of the other tricks to assist you deal with temptation.

Imagine how thrilled all the non smokers will be when you no longer smoke at the table after meals!

Whenever you give up smoking it may be helpful to know how nicotine affects your body and mind to ensure you know its not "just you", rather it's your body dealing with the removal of a chemical that it has been reliant on.

Smokers need to be aware that certain needs, like relaxation, may have been met by their smoking habit. As eating can be another way to satisfy these needs you may find that you want to eat more as you change habits. It is crucial that you do not replace one bad habit with another one. Consider ways that you can increase your activity to burn off any extra food that you may be eating in your initial adjustment to no longer smoking.

It can be the simplest of things you do as part of your everyday routine that contain the trigger points that you need to be aware of and overcome to ensure that you continue to change habits. Its time to reclaim your meal time!

Source: Andrea Jordan