Give Yourself a Boost: Celebrate National Coffee Month


Do you wake up and want to smell the coffee? Then you’re a member of the worldwide coffee klatch, which drinks more than 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day.

While Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee commercially, it’s become our unofficial national beverage. Since August is National Coffee Month, let’s lift our favorite mugs to the cup of joe that gives us that extra boost.

Fun coffee facts

  • Coffee beans are the pits of a berry called a stone fruit
  • Ethiopian shepherds discovered coffee in the 8th century, according to legend
  • Finland leads the way in coffee consumption – drinking almost 3X more coffee than the United States

2017 coffee trends

Many still prefer their coffee black or with just a splash of cream or a teaspoon of sugar. But as the coffee industry boomed, others ventured away from regular-brewed coffee to lattes, cappuccinos and even Frappuccinos. 2017 offers some even more interesting takes on coffee:

Cold brew coffee: Cold brew coffee is still growing in popularity, and you can even make it at home. Now don’t go adding ice to your coffee, but try this slow-infusion method, which only requires a large container and strainer for equipment.

Nitro coffee: Check if your local coffee shop offers nitro coffee, which infuses cold brew coffee with very small bubbles from a nitrogen tap. The result? Coffee with a smooth taste, without the usual bitter notes.

Ready-to-drink coffee: You can pick up healthier versions of your coffee shop favorites at the grocery store or gas station.

The limit on caffeine

A lot of us need coffee on days that end in “y.” But at what point, should we start limiting that extra cuppa? According to the Mayo Clinic, up to 400 mg of caffeine – about 4 cups of brewed coffee – should be safe for most healthy adults.

The actual caffeine content can vary in different coffee varieties, so it’s wise to cut back if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Migraine headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness or irritability
  • Upset stomach

Even if you do need to limit your favorite beverage, you can still savor your daily tradition, inhaling the rich aroma and sipping the full-flavor taste of your morning coffee. Cheers!

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