8 Ways You Can Tell If Your Coffee Habit Is More Like An Addition

Coffee is no longer an extra boost of energy, it is a necessary component in getting through the day. If you are a serious coffee drinker you can probably relate to any of these experiences on a daily basis. It’s not a drink, it’s a lifestyle.

1. Decaf coffee isn’t coffee.

I’m not saying I judge you if you enjoy a decaf coffee, but I would never do it. We drink coffee to feel alive, and decaf just doesn’t do that, if you want a nice warm drink, have a tea.

2. It’s the only good thing about mornings.

There’s something about the pain of waking up and knowing that it won’t hurt as much when you have a cup of coffee, that makes it a little more bearable. The only problem is that you need coffee to wake up, but you need to wake up to get coffee.. An ongoing issue I am constantly trying to fix, with no luck.

3. A perfect cup means a perfect day.

A perfect cup of coffee is rarely ever achieved, that doesn’t mean they’re usually horrible, but it’s so hard to get that perfect cup. When you do get that perfect cup, you just know you’re going to have an awesome day because of it. I hate that my mood relies on a good cup of coffee, but it does.

4. You have withdrawals.

I remember when I first started drinking, it was in college and I drank a cup about once a month. Fast forward to 20 years later and I need at least three cups in the morning to survive. I never think of it as an addiction but I have serious withdrawals if I don’t get my morning coffee.

There’s always that point in the day where you get a headache and aren’t sure if it’s because you’ve had too much coffee, or not enough.

13 Unusual Uses For Coffee That Have Nothing To Do With Drinking It

If starting your day with a cup of coffee is essential, then you know the importance of this delicious ground bean. Whether it’s the caffeine fix or the intoxicating aroma, many Americans start their day with a cup of Joe. Well, as it turns out, there’s more uses for coffee than to wake you up in the morning.

So it’s time to start saving those used coffee grounds, because they will come in handy in places you hadn’t even considered.

If the smell of your fridge is a mixture between old vegetables, soggy leftovers and spoiled milk, then clearly you need some help. Place a bowl of fresh, unused coffee grounds inside your fridge and leave it for a day or two. The coffee will absorb the awful smells and you will crave a cup of Joe every time you open the fridge. Sounds like a win-win to me!

Cellulite creams can get costly and they may not always work. These creams and coffee have one major ingredient in common: caffeine. Caffeine is supposed to enhance fat metabolism and helps to reduce the appearance of these fatty pockets under your skin. To make your own treatment, mix warm used coffee grounds with coconut oil and rub it onto your skin using a circular motion. Then rinse away.

The secret to shiny, healthy looking hair is not confined to your shampoo bottle. Coffee is a natural way to keep your hair looking glossy. Brew up a nice strong pot of coffee, let it cool and then apply it to your dry, clean hair. Let it sit for at least 20 minutes, and then rinse it away. Doing this regiment once a week will give you beautiful hair without expensive salon treatments.

Not only can coffee be good for your hair, but it can also help give you great skin! The same properties that can help reduce cellulite can actually help smooth and tighten your skin. The texture of ground coffee will help to remove dead skin cells too! Make your own skin scrub by combining a tablespoon of coffee grounds, with half a tablespoon of olive oil, as well as a drop of your favorite essential oil for a great scent.

Have you been chopping garlic and now no matter how many times you wash your hands they still smell? While it may have been delicious at the time, the lingering odor is starting to become offensive. Get rid of the strong scent by rubbing a handful of used coffee grounds on your hands and then rinsing them with warm water.

You will want to put aside your used coffee ground this winter for the spring thaw. Many gardeners swear by adding used coffee grounds to their compost. Rich in phosphorous, potassium, magnesium and copper, the coffee grounds will release nitrogen into the soil as they break down.

Caffeine Doesn’t Actually Wake You Up, Here’s How It Really Works

Counter to what we have always believed, coffee, or any type of caffeine, does not make you feel awake and super jittery, by itself.  

This is how caffeine really works:

In the simplest terms, caffeine tricks your brain into thinking it’s something it really isn’t. This world-renowned impersonator disguises itself as a neurochemical found in the brain called adenosine.

Adenosine is produced by neurons firing around in your brain.

Your nervous system is actively monitoring adenosine levels through receptors. Normally, when adenosine levels reach a certain point in your brain and spinal cord, your body will start making you feel sleepy. This is because your brain looks at adenosine as a sign that your brain is producing too many neurons and slows it down. There are a few different adenosine receptors throughout the body, but the one caffeine seems to interact with most directly is the A1 receptor.

When caffeine enters your body, it knows to head straight to the adenosine receptors in your system and, because of its chemical similarities to adenosine, it’s accepted by your body as the real thing and gets into the receptors.

Caffeine actually blocks these receptors, and allows for dopamine and glutamate to be released freely without the receptors stopping them. These two chemicals being released will give you that rush of an awake feeling when you drink caffeine.

Let’s look at it a bit simpler…

Listen Up Guys, Coffee Might Help Cure Erectile Dysfunction

A new study done by the University of Texas has concluded that drinking two cups of coffee a day can reduce a man’s chance of getting erectile dysfunction by around 42%.

This is good news for men. Although we don’t hear about this condition often because it is looked at as a private and sometimes embarrassing condition, 18.4% of men who are older than 20 suffer from ED in the US. This means that more than 18 million men are affected throughout the country.

We have often heard that coffee usually has the opposite effect because it narrows blood vessels. This reduces the blood flow to the man’s penis, but from this study, we now know side effect is mild, and only temporary.

Make Sure You Are Drinking Coffee At The Right Time To Maximize Your Potential

Coffee is truly the solution to most of life’s problems. It keeps us awake when we’re starting to get drowsy, it’s a delicious way to complement any meal, and it keeps us from fighting our coworkers in the morning!

Coffee’s utility as a productivity tool has been known for some time, but did you know that there are good and bad times to drink it in order to make the most of this beneficial bean?

Don’t worry, it isn’t as if there are universal time zones in which you should be drinking your cup of joe! It actually depends more on your own day-to-day activities.

A study found that drinking coffee first thing in the morning is actually one of the worst times of day to have it, but it’s also the time that we crave it the most.

Other bad times include your approximate lunch time, and just before dinner.

What gives?

Is Your Hometown In The Top 5 Best Or Worst Cities To Get A Cup Of Coffee?

Who doesn’t love a cup of Joe to wake them up in the morning? Whether it’s before you head into work, drop the kids off at school, or just to feel more awake and lively, coffee has always been your “get it done” friend.

Coffee has been a staple in the American diet since the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when patriots to our nation threw the imported leaves into the harbor. Ever since then, Americans have been drinking that delicious brew and staying hard at work.

But it appears that some states love this hot beverage way more than others, and many would be surprised to see how hard, or how easy, it is for their fellow citizens to get access to the real magic beans.

Take a look and see how your region ranks from worst to best!

Laredo, Texas

Bigger doesn’t always mean better in this case.

Toledo, Ohio

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Why does Ohio have to be terrible at everything?

Greensboro, North Carolina

If it ain’t sweet tea, they do not want it. Maybe South Carolina can do a better job…

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Not Pictured: Good coffee.

Memphis, Tennessee

Okay, we may have an objection to raise here.

Are you ready to see the best places in America to get your cup of java?

Your Favorite Coffee Shop Is Launching Its Own Brewery

You already know that Dunkin’ Donuts is the go-to brand for your morning cup of joe when the days are cold and you want a quality brew before a hard day’s work.

They have spent the majority of the last year reminding their customers that while their donuts are spectacular, it is their hot beverages that really makes them stand out!

But loyal fans of the coffee house are in for a real Christmas treat! Dunkin’ Donuts has just announced that they will be offering a special new drink for a limited time! Only this beverage isn’t likely to wake you up, in fact, it’s going to take the edge off the end of your day!

That’s right, Dunkin’ Donuts will be selling their very own beer out of a brewery in their home state of Massachusetts!

They announced the new drink December 20th, but the official release has an interesting twist to it, and one particular hiccup!

6 Hacks To Make Your Morning Coffee That Much Better

If you’re anything like me, that first cup of coffee is less a part of your routine, and more akin to a religious experience. The smell of it brewing, the sound of the boiling water, the sensation of stirring the cream and sugar into it, and the anticipation of that first sip all contribute to the act of the morning coffee, and it’s one that people love nationwide.

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Of course, there’s always ways that you could make your experience just that much better. Some people are just satisfied with using the pre-ground stuff like Nescafé or Folgers, tossing it into a pot and gulping it down before taking off for work. But no, not you. You’ve got the refined taste of someone who really enjoys a solid pot of coffee, and you’ve decided you want to step up your game and get the maximum flavor out of your beans.

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Well, your friends at Shared have you covered. We’ve assembled a crack team of coffee-ologists and quizzed them for all of their best information, and we’re passing the information on to you! Keep reading for ways to up your coffee-making skills!

He Paid For A Stranger’s Coffee, And Wound Up Saving His Life

Glen Oliver has a small ritual that helped one stranger in a very big way.

Four years ago, Oliver was in line for coffee behind someone who didn’t have enough change for their purchase. He covered their bill instead, and ever since he’s made a habit of “paying it forward” whenever he’s at the coffee shop.

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Whether he just buys a coffee for the next person in line, or leaves $10 with the cashier, Oliver says his charitable habit is “the least I can do.” He always gives his treats away anonymously, but he has a signature: he always asks the cashier to tell the next customer “Have a great day.”

Oliver says that last part is just in case the customer is “not having one already,” but it’s exactly what a stranger needed to hear this summer.

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In a letter to the local newspaper, the Pickering News Advertiser, an anonymous person said they were suicidal, and planned to end their life last July. But on their planned last day, the letter’s writer stopped for a coffee.

Before they could pay, the clerk told them, “The nice man already paid for it and he said to have a great day.”

A New Plan Would Power City Buses With Coffee

Step aside gasoline, because there’s a turbo-charged fuel coming to hit the streets of London, England!

It’s no surprise that many urban environments use cafes and coffee beans to ensure their city runs as smoothly as possible, however, this is the first instance of the caffeinated cherries powering the transportation itself.

So what is the science behind taking our precious lattes away from us and using it to turn motors instead of minds?

Well, coffee drinkers rejoice, because the project won’t actually be depriving anyone of their morning cup of joe.

Transport for London has been investigating the use of bio-fuels as alternative sources for energy for some time, but now they have stumbled onto a way to repurpose the grounds from the bottom of our mugs.

That’s right, they’ll be using the waste product to create a new bio-fuel. The company responsible for the new development, “bio-bean,” says they have already created enough coffee oil to power a bus for an entire year.

Just how much coffee does it take to do that?

12 Things Every Coffee Drinker Can Do With Their Empty Coffee Cans

Any traditional coffee drinker knows that when you routinely make a pot of coffee at home, you end up collecting a large number of empty coffee cans and containers. No matter how many times we scoop out the last of the grounds out of a can, we always end up just storing the empty can away, never having any plan of what to do with it afterwards. Most of the time we just look weird when garbage day comes around, our recycling bins top heavy in Folgers or Maxwell House cans.

But we will horde these cans no longer, as there are any number of ways that they can be recycled into something useful. Here are 12 fun things that you do with your empty cans and containers.

By making a few simple alterations to these cans you can create a quick and easy compost bin for your counter top. The great thing about this is that they are easily cleaned, and if it ever becomes to much of a hassle, you can junk the old one and start fresh.  

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If you’re not someone who uses the reusable grocery bags, you probably end up like me, hoarding far too many plastic bags underneath your kitchen sink. It ends up looking cluttered and out of control. Cut a slot in the lid of a coffee can, pack the can full of bags and you have a handy and organized bag dispenser.  

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You’re going to need to use the aluminum cans for this one in order to get the best results. Punch holes into the can (either in a pattern or randomly), light up a candle, and toss it in the can. Voila, your own awesome lanterns.

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I don’t know if there is any correlation, but it might be safe to assume that those who drink a ton of coffee in the morning, might also drink a fair bit of wine in the evening. Why not combine those two things and make an epic wine rack for your home (or office?) Again you are going to need the aluminum cans for this.

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Yup, you read that correctly, you can make your own ice cream using a coffee can. It might be something fun to try with the kids on a dreary weekend.  

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If you have kids this one is for you. Bath time can be utter chaos with children, bring a semblance of order to the experience with this awesome DIY holder for your bathroom.

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There is no end to the creativity you can bring to recycling these cans and containers.

Coffee For Dogs Is now A Thing, But It’s The Name That Has Everyone Confused

A company is causing quite the stir with the introduction of a pet-friendly coffee, but it’s the product’s name which has everybody talking.

“Rooffee” is the brainchild of Shoo, a U.K.-based business, which specializes in all natural dog products including shampoo, conditioner, treats, and toys.

The product was announced by Shoo founder, Agota Jakutyte, in a press release on Oct. 25, advertising it as a non-caffeinated energy drink for all mammals.

The holistic solution, made up of roots from all natural herbs, is supposed to improve the digestive and immune systems, strengthen the heart and give both animals and humans a healthier and shinier skin and coat.  

With the rampant media attention recently centering around sexual assault, people are calling the company out for it’s obvious marketing fail.

Dunkin Donuts Is Adding A New Drink To Its Menu, And It’s Everything You Need

Move over, pumpkin spice! Dunkin’ Donuts is stepping up their seasonal drink game and we could not be more excited.

Dunkin’ Donuts is arguably America’s most beloved restaurant chain, and over the last couple of years they’ve started rebranding themselves into more than just a donut shop.

News broke recently that Dunkin’ Donuts would soon be changing their name to just Dunkin’ in an effort to showcase their broad product offering.

“While we remain the number one retailer of donuts in the country, as part of our efforts to reinforce that Dunkin’ Donuts is a beverage-led brand and coffee leader, we will be testing signage in a few locations that refer to the brand simply as ‘Dunkin’,” the company told CNBC.

In addition to dropping donuts from their name, they’re also dropping some from their menu.

“The test locations will offer a minimum of 18 core donuts with the opportunity to expand based on consumer feedback and regional preferences,” a spokesperson said. “We believe this approach will provide a more consistent experience from store to store, and in some cases, will actually increase both the variety and quantity of donuts available to our guests. We will assess the results of the test before making any determination about a possible national roll-out.”

But in what looks like an effort to win back some frustrated customers, Dunkin’ Donuts has rolled out a new drink that has everyone talking.

Dunkin’ Donuts Is Giving Away Free Coffee

Many of us can’t start our day without a cup of coffee in our hands. The coffee industry is a huge one all over the world, from brew at home options to coffee chains, many big brands have invested in cafe versions of their restaurants.

McDonald’s has recently launched their bottled McCafe coffee drinks in retail stores in an attempt to complete with other brands that offer their bottled frappes and cappuccino where we buy our groceries.

It’s National Coffee Day on Friday, September 29, which means free coffee for you!

To celebrate National Coffee Day, McDonald’s will be donating all McCafe coffee proceeds to Covenant House. While Starbucks will donate a coffee tree for every brewed cup of México Chiapas coffee you buy on September 29.

Whole Foods will also be including $1 off their 16 oz Allegro Pumpkin Spice Lattes, and IKEA gives away free coffee when you join their loyalty program any time of the year.

But where can you score some free Java on National Coffee Day?