How to jazz up anybody’s dull office coffee

Posted on Mar 5 2014 - 8:53am by burningsalad

Eden Springs are experts in office coffee, but they know that lots of people lack inspiration and adventure when making their workplace pick-me-up. Offices collect together a range of different types of people, but Eden are here to help with a recipe for everyone:

A Brief History of Coffe

According to the legend of Kaldi the Goat herder, coffee was discovered in the Ethiopian highlands when Kaldi noticed that his goats became much more spirited and full of energy after eating berries from the coffee trees. Coffee was first cultivated and traded on the Arabian peninsula during the 15th century. Here it was drunk not only in homes but in public coffee houses, which functioned as hubs of social activity and information exchange. This is where coffee developed its association as a social drink, today being the staple office beverage – helping with productivity and information exchange amongst colleagues. The rest is history and today over 400 billion cups are drunk every year worldwide!

Why should I drink coffee?

Although excessive coffee consumption has gotten some bad press in the past, emerging research shows there are numerous mental and physical health benefits to drinking coffee in moderation. The range of health benefits include preventing type-2 diabetes, lowering the risk of liver disease and improved brain function to name just a few. Thirsty yet

Here are a couple of DIY coffee recipes to mix things up:

For the perpetual dieter: On average, a cup of black coffee contains just two calories! Coffee also provides a great source of antioxidants, fighting free radicals and preventing cell damage. If you’re on a diet or looking for the lowest calorie options, diary should be avoided. We recommend you stick to black coffee, or non-dairy creamers. For those of you with a sweet tooth but looking to keep your sugar intake to a minimum, coffee sweeteners are a great alternative. Natural sweeteners such Stevia, a plant derived sweetener, are the key to caffeinated low calorie perfection. Alternatively, add a teaspoon of raw honey or organic maple syrup to sweeten and flavor your coffee. If you’re feeling adventurous, add a teaspoon of organic coconut oil to sweeten your coffee and aid digestion. Coconut oil is also known for its beautifying properties, adding shine and strength to hair and radiance to the skin.

For the wannabe gourmet chef: There are ton of lovely, tasty ingredients you can keep in the office kitchen cupboard to jazz up your coffee. Ground nutmeg and cocoa powder can be sprinkled on top or added to steamed milk to inject some of that coffee shop flavour. To make a mocha, stir in a spoon of unsweetened cocoa powder with sugar and milk.

For the lactose intolerant: Almond and soy milk make great dairy alternatives. Both are low in cholesterol and saturated fat, while soy milk contains higher levels of protein, and almond milk has increased vitamin levels over dairy and also contains essential omega-3 fatty acids. Almond milk is naturally sweet and each one adds its own subtle flavour. Try experimenting with different dairy alternatives until you find the right flavour for you.

For the energy crash sufferer: Decaffeinated coffee is a great option if you suffer energy highs and lows throughout the day. Still containing the same high levels of antioxidants, you can go decaf without losing the health benefits – not to mention the same great taste. To further normalize energy levels, avoid adding sugar to decaf coffee to stabilize the body’s insulin production

For the sweet tooth: Flavourings such as cocoa, vanilla and cinnamon can transform your coffee into a sweet treat capable of satisfying even the most intense sugar craving. Try a pumpkin spiced latte by adding hot milk to espresso and stirring in pumpkin spice flavouring with cinnamon and sugar. To finish, sprinkle some cinnamon or cocoa powder on top for a decadent treat. Easy as that.

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