August 17, 2011

Espresso vs. the French Press

As many of you know, I’m a coffee fan. Sure, sometimes I tire of coffee, and stray to other caffeine deliver mechanisms, like tea, but I always seem to come back. Most often I admit, when at any proper coffee bar, I’ll order an Americano, (Canadese for all you Canuckleheads out there). I enjoy the taste of properly brewed espresso – its powerful flavor, its natural sweetness and earthiness is delicious. Of course like many of my friends, (Kenny-poo included), I’ve looked into getting a quality home machine. To date though, I’ve just never quite taken the plunge, leaving my espresso indulgences to the coffee shop. So, I was excited to see that Rapha has come out with an espresso machine worthy of its endorsement! Behold! The limited edition Rapha Giotto Rocket Espresso Machine, ready to brew the perfect shot in the comfort of your own home, or local club bike shop. – Read More –

September 21, 2010

Break up with coffee, for green tea. Yeah, that’s a good one!

Some people know about my ‘adoration’ for the delectably delicious roasted nectar of the coffee bean… I’ve written about it before – it’s more than the luxuriously rich, nutty, earthy flavour and aroma, admittedly, it’s also about the jolt! There are days, especially on the weekends, when the thought of a perfectly brewed triple americano (canadese, as it’s sometimes called here in Canada) is the reason I spring out of bed. And that first sip, what can I say – it’s, well, nothing short of magical!

So, what happens when a buddy of mine, a health guru of sorts, challenges me to give up my morning cup of black gold, for a tepid cup of pale green tea?

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September 21, 2009

Coffee – An Athlete’s Edge

Who doesn’t like to wake up to a mornin’ cup’a joe?

For lots of us it’s a ritual, and for people like me it can be the reason I get out of bed, period. It’ll be 8:30am on a Saturday and I’ll be rolling over for another half hour of sleep when I’ll think, “Oooo… I could get up and have coffee!” The next thing I know, I’ll be up.

For a long time coffee had a bum wrap – it was simply considered bad for you and that was the end of it. Recently though, a lot more research has been done (notably on people who don’t also smoke) and suddenly that nasty cup of mud water has almost become a health drink. If you do a quick Google, articles pop up on how it reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, type 2 Diabetes, Cirrhosis of the liver, Arthritis and even certain types of cancers, liver cancer being one. That’s a pretty impressive resume for a beverage that used to be ‘bad’ for you. Coffee has also recently been cited as a proven performance enhancer for athletes. – Read More –