Top 10 Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Caffeine Hit

Coffee, tea, and other caffeinated beverages are enjoyable for the taste alone, but sometimes you might be thinking about their caffeine content more than the flavor. Here are the top 10 things you should know about this wonderful drug and how to use caffeine more efficiently.

Source: Top 10 Tricks to Get the Most Out of Your Caffeine Hit

I was taught that the darker roasts had less caffeine as it was leeched out by the roasting process, so that milder coffees actually gave you more of a jolt than espresso roasts, if prepared the same way.

Caffeine is known to double the impact of certain pain medications (not unlike the grapefruit effect). For those taking few different medications during the day for chronic pain, the dose can be halved by taking it with coffee.  Less drug, more coffee, no downside!

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Crush Leftover Candy Canes into Dust for Minty Lattes, Cookies, or Ice Cream

If you have candy canes sitting around after the holidays, you can turn them into a tasty peppermint topping for cookies, ice cream, and even coffee. All you need is a hammer, or better yet, a food processor.

Source: Crush Leftover Candy Canes into Dust for Minty Lattes, Cookies, or Ice Cream

They’re not kidding about the airtight container for storage, folks. I tried this earlier this month when making cookies & thought it would be okay to leave the crushed candy canes in a bowl covered with plastic wrap. Nope! Everything solidified onto the surface of the bowl the next day.

TLDR: Moisture will ruin your minty dust!

Those Extracts In Your Cupboard Have Many Uses Beyond Baking

It’s a tale as old as vanilla extract: You buy a bottle of it (or of almond, or anise, or any other kind of extract), it gets shuffled to the back of your pantry shelf, and then you buy another.

And before you know it, in a fervent pantry clean out session, you uncover an extract windfall. And then what do you do?

Source: How to Use Up a Heck of a Lot of Extracts

Couple additional options:

  • If you have kids, you can add it to your playdough (homemade or store bought) or rice.
  • They can be used pretty easily to make flavored syrups for cocktails. Just dump the extract in before (or after honestly) you boil the syrup down.

“Cycle” Your Caffeine Intake to Reduce Your Tolerance

Caffeine has a wide variety of effects in the body. Mechanistically, some of the effects are direct (such as Caffeine acting as an Adenosine Antagonist, the molecule literally blocks the receptor) and others are indirect (any effects on dopamine are ‘downstream’ of the reaction with adenosine, like the latter aspects of a Domino cascade). When tolerance develops to caffeine

Source: Do I need to cycle caffeine?

If you have “brutal” headaches when you don’t get your regular dose of caffeine, that’s when you need to cycle it down.

Brew Strong Coffee at a Lower Temperature to Make It Taste Less Bitter

There was a time when I used to like the taste of dark roasted coffee, but over the years that roasty bold flavor that I used to enjoy began to taste bitter and ashy. This summer I decided to revisit my old dark roasted friend to see if we could improve our relationship.

Source: Hacking Dark Roast – Tips on Brewing a Better Bold Coffee

You should use a coarser grind, or increase the dose if you’re over-extracting. Using a particularly low water temperature may cause under-extraction, or an unpleasantly sour cup.

Taking Your Coffee Black Does Not Mean You’re More Likely to be a Psychopath

Is that friend who always very politely turns down your offers for cream or sugar very possibly hiding a dark secret, as haters around the internet have been insisting recently? Nah, probably not—but here’s why some people are saying taking your coffee black means you’re more likely to be a psychopath.

Source: No, Taking Your Coffee Black Does Not Mean You’re More Likely to be a Psychopath

Given that “acquired taste” is largely the Stockholm syndrome of eating, the net is cast too wide when “beer” is an potential indicator of the “Dark Triad”.  Let alone psychopathy, something that has been reclassified (to anti-social personal disorder) because the general public misuses the term.

Two of my favourites:

  • I like my men like my coffee – hot and nowhere near my crotch
  • I like my women like my coffee – beaten in a sack and thrown over the side of donkey

Do You Really Need a Good Night’s Sleep to Exercise Well?

“Get a good night’s sleep” is classic advice before a big race or event. But if you stayed up late picking out your best shoelaces and then woke up early to make it to the start line on time, have you ruined your chance at a good performance?

Source: Do You Really Need a Good Night’s Sleep to Exercise Well?

The answer?  It depends™, on the activity.  There’s a lot of strategy in cycling, so I’m not that inclined to believe that cycling is the same as running.

The classic runners rule is also the triathletes rule.  Partly because lots get up between 2-4 AM to eat breakfast before going back to bed to actually get up for the triathlon.

Coffee Reveals Itself as an Unlikely Elixir

For a historically mistrusted drink, coffee is proving to be a healthy addiction. Scientific findings in support of coffee’s nutritional attributes have been arriving at a steady drip since the 1980s, when Norwegian researchers reported that coffee seemed to fend off liver disease. Since then, the dark brown beverage has shown value against liver cancer, too, as well as type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Coffee even appears to protect against depression, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.

Source: Coffee reveals itself as an unlikely elixir

It was only last week that I had news about coffee screwing with your internal clock, along with mentioning the following:

Dairy Cream: How Much Vitamin K?

The question is… How much did you have?  There is vitamin K in all dairy cream, but here’s some details:

I don’t think most are going to drink an entire cup of cream, but if you do – it’s not a big deal.  But more than that would likely show up in your INR test if you don’t do this regularly.

What about whipping cream?  Because I don’t skimp on this, I won’t assume you do either:

So, you’re pretty safe if it’s the canned, pressurized stuff.  But that second piece of dessert with real cream should probably happen soon after an INR test to give time for the INR level to recover.