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Navigating a new relationship with coffee

Navigating a new relationship with coffee

This piece explores ways to be more present, joyful and appreciative around a cherished drink

We all love coffee. Imagining a day in 2021 without a hot cuppa is nearly impossible. There’s been all kinds of conversation around the art of drinking coffee. Should you roast and grind your own beans? Is instant coffee passé? How much caffeine intake should you pay attention to in a day? Is it good for losing weight? Is it bad for the gut? I did some research to bring to you the lowdown on coffee and the art of consuming it.

Physical Well-Being
Always listen to your body. Coffee’s impact on physical health is a highly debated topic that can be very subjective person to person. For me, one cup of light roast coffee brewed just right wakes me up but any more and I become jittery and anxious. I have friends who can drink up to 3-4 cups a day with ease and little to no effect on their day to day functioning. Coffee, being a stimulant, when taken in a conscious manner can highly improve performance. You can try stopping caffeine and reintroducing it in your diet to see how it impacts your body on and off it. Another trick, one of my favourites, is whipping up instant coffee where 1 cup usually contains about 26gm of caffeine. Although, if you’re sensitive to caffeine, you might still experience some digestive issues.

Mental Health
Many controlled studies in humans show that coffee improves various aspects of brain function — including memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general mental function. Many people have reported alertness, improved mood and better energy levels after one cup of coffee. Naturally, anything consumed in excess can and will have a negative impact on your body so as the mantra goes, moderation is key!

The type of coffee
Determining the quality and type of coffee goes a long in ensuring that your relationship with coffee remains smooth and rewarding. Low quality coffee has been shown to often have a substantially larger mycotoxin content (coming from mold on the beans), which has been linked to several not-so-pleasant things like brain and kidney damage. It’s important to be wary of things like poor quality coffee that tends to be far more toxic, and cheap blends that mix geographically diverse beans and thus amplify the likelihood that your coffee will have mold on it. I’ve been using some locally sourced Goan coffee beans with Wonderchef’s Cuppacino Coffee maker for my daily cappuccino and been very satisfied. 

Environmental Consideration
Historically, coffee beans grew in delicate ecosystems through tropical and subtropical regions of the world, offering unique habitats for animals, insects and other plant-life. But with the rise in demand for the beans came the need for plantations and the removal of other trees in the vicinity to unrestricted light and water access; leaving these areas nowhere near as bio-diverse. With this also comes the use of chemical fertilisers and pesticides. Using fair-trade, organic, locally sourced coffee is a way to combat its carbon footprint. 

In conclusion, if you like, cannot absolutely start your day without a cup of coffee, experiment with the ground and flavour, research appliances that would be best suited to your tastes (Being a coffee connoisseur, I also use Wondechef’s Regalia Brew Coffee Maker for my daily Americano and been loving the results) and most importantly, listen to your body. All of the above steps will help in ensuring a trouble-fee relationship to coffee and bright mornings!

Author : Alina Gufran, writer and film-maker, who loves the outdoors and reading.

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