Powerful Health Benefits
A cup of coffee is low in calories and contains more antioxidants than the same serving size of blueberries. Additionally java can help relieve headaches, boost brain power and alertness, protect the liver, protect against diabetes, reduce your chance of a stroke and aid in keeping your digestion regular, and reduce your risk from certain cancers.
Coffee also gives you an athletic boost during your workout, via the caffeine, antioxidants, and polyphenols -- but new research has also shown coffee helps you recover post-workout as well.
Researchers found that drinking a cup of coffee one hour before working out, reduces post-exercise fatigue by 60%. Caffeine also aids in releasing stored fat into the bloodstream to get used up before carbs, reserving some of the carbs to lead to a longer more energetic workout.
And a new study shows that drinking caffeine POST-workout provides additional benefits. The American Physiological Society found that Drinking coffee with some carbs after a workout can help replenish and refuel muscles leading to a faster recovery and performance enhancement. The researchers found that athletes who ingested caffeine with carbohydrate had 66% more glycogen in their muscles four hours after finishing intense, glycogen-depleting exercise, compared to when they consumed carbohydrate alone.
Don't Negate the Positive Benefits, Choose Organic
It's very important not to negate any of these beneficial health qualities of coffee, so be sure to choose an ORGANIC coffee, like Blue Smoke, since conventionally grown coffee is the most chemically treated crop in the world and is treated with chemical pesticides that have long been banned in America, due to their known cancer causing properties and devastation to the environment -- these chemicals are however still legal in the countries where most coffee is grown -- they are very cheap and are used liberally on conventionally grown coffee.
Blue Smoke roasts 100% Organic, Shade Grown, & Fair Trade beans exclusively because we care about our customers, the coffee farmers, and the environment.
Why Blue Smoke Roasts Fair Trade Beans Exclusively
A story below of farmers who are NOT paid a fair price for their beans (which is most of them) and what it means to them and their families:
Let's go right to coffee country. Let's head to the mountains of Guatemala—where they grow some of the best coffee you can drink.
When we descend the corkscrew road into the village of Santa Clara, the sun's already sinking behind a peak, and farmers are shuffling back down the steep slopes after a whole day picking beans. Some lead pack horses, which sag under the weight of burlap bags. They're mangy animals; you can count their ribs. The farmers tie the reins to trees at the edge of the village, and then they unload their harvest at the village warehouse.
But many farmers can't afford a horse. One man's staggering down the dirt path, bending forward at the waist: He's lugging more than 50 pounds of coffee on his own back. But he says that's nothing. "Sometimes [we carry] 100 pounds or more," he says, through my interpreter. "You see that mountain in front of us? When you're picking beans on those slopes, there's no way you could get a horse in there, even if you had one. So you have to carry the coffee for more than an hour. You come here sweating, really sweating."
Coffee Farmers and Families Living in Proverty:
You don't have to be an economist to see that growing non-fair trade coffee here doesn't buy much of a life.
Picture the farmers' homes on the hillsides: They're shacks. The floors are bare dirt. There's no running water or electricity. The outside walls are thin wooden planks—and it gets cold here up in the mountains.
Buying Fair Trade coffee means these farmers can afford for their kids to go to school rather than work on the coffee farm.
Investment Speculators Benefit from Non-Fair Trade Coffee:
The world's coffee prices go up and down, depending partly on supply and demand and speculation by international investors. But these farmers are stuck in poverty. They sell their beans to local businessmen whom they derisively call "coyotes," and the coyotes pay them less than 50 cents per pound. At that price, the farmers can barely make a few hundred dollars a year. "To produce coffee, it's expensive," one farmer says. "It's a lot of work, and sometimes we can't even cover our costs."
PLEASE BUY FAIR TRADE COFFEE
PS: AND I'M HONORED IF YOU CHOOSE BLUE SMOKE