Honey Coffee Healthy Benefits – Delicious Together

Honey in coffee? Do they even go together?

Yes they do, and for a while Starbucks even offered a Caramelized Honey Latte – this one sold out in my area at all Starbucks. I’m still waiting for them to bring it back…

Honey in Coffee

Surprisingly, sweetening hot coffee with honey works deliciously together. Honey is very sweet, so don’t use too much. This sweetener is natural, especially if you get raw, local honey, and is even allowed on some diets like Paleo (small amounts, not too often).

Health Benefits of Honey

Honey is an all-natural sweetener with a low glycemic index. If you buy local, raw honey, it will help you to resist pollen allergies to your local flora. Honey also gives long, sustained energy. It is so sweet you only need a tiny bit. It is already used often in teas to help with sore throat. A long-time home remedy for sore throat is to take a spoonful of warm honey with lemon juice and swallow. Honey coats the throat, easing the soreness. The lemon juice helps to kill germs and to detox.

Honey Coffee

We know coffee also has health benefits, and I like my coffee every morning. But when I’m struggling with sore throat or a cold coming on, I always use honey in my coffee (and also drink lots of tea). They taste amazingly great together. I use honey in my coffee at other times, too, like when I need the extra, sustained energy boost.

Give it a Try

Try it and see for yourself. Here’s a thought, what about playing around with flavored honeys? Like Cinnamon Honey, Berry Honey, Clover Honey? Let me know how you like it and which ones you’ve tried, below.

 

 

 

 

Cold Brew vs Hot Brew Coffee – Which is Better?

Cold Brew coffee has been getting a lot of hype lately. We know it is less acidic, cold brew vs hot brew coffeebut does it have the health benefits of hot brewed coffee? Here we’ll examine cold brew coffee vs hot brew coffee – which is better?

Health Benefits of Coffee

Yes, coffee does have health benefits! That’s great news. Most of the studies done on the health benefits of coffee, however, were done just on hot brewed coffee. There haven’t been as many studies yet performed on cold brewed coffee, or on cold brew vs hot brew.

Benefits of Hot Brew Coffee

hot coffeeRegularly-brewed or hot brew coffee has large amounts of antioxidants and healthy, natural oils. We all know it’s a stimulant, gives energy and boosts focus. Coffee improves several areas of brain function, increasing happy mood as well as energy, memory and general cognitive function. Read the science behind it here.

Coffee improves our performance in workouts and helps burn fat. It also contains several vitamins and minerals, small amounts of Vitamins B2, B5, Manganese and Potassium, Magnesium and Niacin (Vitamin B3). The percentages are small, but many of us drink more than one cup a day.

Coffee is considered one of the healthiest parts of the Western diet. Besides the large amount of antioxidants (more than in many fruits and veggies combined), studies show that it helps protect against stroke, it may lower the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, Parkinson’s Disease, Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Type II Diabetes. It elevates mood and helps against depression.

Benefits of Cold Brew Coffee

People love cold brew coffee because it reduces the acidity of coffee, creating an amazingly smooth taste. The lower acidity aids in digestion and is better for your teeth. It’s easy to make – can be made with a jar – and keeps in the fridge for up to two weeks.

Cold brew makes a coffee concentrate that you can drink straight, like espresso, or you can water it down to your taste and preference with cream, milk or water. It can be drunk hot or cold. It is absolutely delicious.

One of my favorites is the Nitro Cold Brew you can get at Starbucks and craft coffee houses. Like beer, the coffee is charged with nitrogen, creating a rich, nitro cold brew coffeecreamy head at the top of the cup. It adds a hint of natural sweetness to the already-smooth cold brew and is silky in the mouth – yummm.

Cold Brew Coffee vs Hot Brew Coffee

Because cold brew coffee is brewed at cold or room temperature, not as many of the antioxidants will be removed from the coffee into the water. The delicious, aromatic oils and acids from coffee molecules extract best at temperatures ranging from 195-205 degrees – hot brewed, in other words.

Again, not much scientific research has yet been done on comparing these two methods of coffee brewing. Overall, there doesn’t seem to be much difference as to caffeine levels, and other differences are likely minimal.

Which do you need the most?

It comes down to personal preference. Do you desire the lower acidity and smoother taste? Or do you prefer drinking the maximum amount of healthy antioxidants and oils? Alternate cold brew vs hot brew in the cups you drink, and you’ll get the most benefits from both.

 

 

 

 

About Jerilyn

Coffee CatWelcome to Coffee Cat, where you’ll find tips, recipes, reviews and lots of coffee fun from a coffee snob of cat-like proportions. (Okay, not really – I’m a human cat-lover and coffee snob.)

The Espresso that Changed It All

I came late to the coffee scene. It wasn’t until my 30s that I decided to get rid of my uncontrollable sugar vice. So I took up coffee to make up for it (yes, you can make good coffee using stevia). But not too long after I went back to sugar, so I ended up just adding a new vice!

I was just a normal coffee drinker until, one evening after a gourmet authentic Italian meal at Pizzaria Rustica, I ordered a little espresso to finish the meal. My first espresso – it was a life-changing experience. So smooth, so velvety in the tiny cup with just the right hint of sweetness.

After that a regular coffee wouldn’t do – I dove into the world of cappuccinos, espressos, Turkish coffee, brands, recipes and more.

A Lotta Latte

There are so many recipes, tips, ideas to explore with excellent coffee. Try something new, comment with your own ideas or adjustments – the world is full of great coffees, techniques and beans. Grab a cup, sit back, relax and let’s explore together.

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If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,Jerilyn Winstead

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