Java! The early morning savior. When getting enough sleep just wasn’t a possibility the night before, it’s is the reason most of us can function in the morning. But the most interesting fact about coffee is not its stimulating effects, but its aphrodisiac properties. Who knew a cup of Joe could do more than just wake us up in the mornings?
To aid in romance, coffee increases levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter linked to the pleasure center of the brain, according to scientific studies. Moreoever, the caffeine stimulates the core to help kick start the metabolism, and helps with blood flow; an essential when it comes to performing the act of love.
Coffee provides other health benefits that may influence your love life in a peripheral way. After all, a healthy lover is a happy lover. A growing body of research presents that coffee drinkers, compared to nondrinkers are less likely to develop dementia, Parkinson’s Disease, and Type-2-Diabetes.
Scientist have been hard at work to discover the link between a lower risk of developing dementia and drinking joe. According to a study done in 2009 in Finland and Sweden, those who reported drinking three to five cups of coffee daily were 65% less likely to develop dementia, compared with nondrinkers or occasional coffee drinkers. Java keeps Type-2-Diabetes at bay because of its antioxidant content, which helps prevent tissue damage caused by free radicals. Furthermore, coffee contains a high magnesium and chromium content, which helps the body use insulin, which controls blood sugar. When it comes to the studies done on coffee consumption and Parkinson’s Disease, the data is not exactly clear or consistent. But there seems to be a link between the caffeine in coffee and a decreased risk of Parkinson’s Disease.
As with most stimulates, too much of a good thing kills the stimulating effects and causes a crash in energy. I like to drink the brew when I invite a guest over or when I am trying to entice someone to stay.
A good cup of coffee should be fresh, as in recently ground and brewed. The style of the roast is a personal preference. I favor Marley Coffee’s Buffalo Soldier. This earthy blend is smoky, sultry, and smooth. The dark chocolate and berry undertones leave a rich lingering finish that gives me that get up and go when I need it the most.
Kahlua Coffee Shake
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup cold coffee
- 1/4 cup Kahlua
- 2 cups ice
- 4 tsp. powdered sugar
- Shaved chocolate, for garnish
Combine the milk, coffee, Kahlua, ice, and powdered sugar in a high powered blender.
Blend on high for 2-3 minutes
Serve in 2-4 separate glasses. Garnished with chocolate shavings.