IRISH COFFEE

When it comes to coffee drinks, there’s nothing more quintessentially Irish than adding in a little drop of Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition to make a cold winter evening more enjoyable. Whether you’re looking for something tasty on such an occasion or a special St. Patrick’s Day cocktail to celebrate our national day, an Irish coffee is just the brew for you. 

  • Dark Roast Coffee
  • Demerara Syrup 
  • Jameson Caskmates Stout 
  • Nutmeg
  • 75ml Dark Roast Coffee
  • 25ml 2:1 Demerara Syrup 
  • 40ml Jameson Caskmates Stout 
  • Grated Nutmeg

GREEN TEA

Here are 10 health benefits of green tea that have been confirmed in human research studies.

 

1. Green Tea Contains Bioactive Compounds That Improve Health

 

Green tea is more than just green liquid.

Many of the bioactive compounds in the tea leaves do make it into the final drink, which contains

It is loaded with

These substances can reduce the formation of free radicals in the body, protecting cells and molecules from damage. These free radicals are known to play a role in aging and all sorts of diseases.

One of the more powerful compounds in green tea is the antioxidant

Green tea also has small amounts of minerals that are important for health.

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2. Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter

 

Green tea does more than just keep you awake, it can also make you smarter.

The key active ingredient is caffeine, which is a known

It doesn’t contain as much as

What caffeine does in the brain is to block an inhibitory neurotransmitter called Adenosine. This way, it actually increases the firing of neurons and the concentration of neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.

Caffeine has been intensively studied before and consistently leads to improvements in various aspects of brain function, including improved mood, vigilance, reaction time and memory.

However… green tea contains

Studies show that caffeine and L-theanine can have synergistic effects. The

Because of the L-theanine and the smaller dose of caffeine, green tea can give you a much milder and different kind of “buzz” than coffee.

Many people report having more stable energy and being much more productive when they drink green tea, compared to coffee.

 

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3. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance

 

If you look at the ingredients list for any fat burning supplement, chances are that green tea will be on there.

This is because green tea has been shown to increase fat burning and boost the metabolic rate, in human controlled trials.

In one study in 10 healthy men, green tea increased energy expenditure by 4%.

Another study showed that fat oxidation was

However, I’d like to point out that some studies on green tea don’t show any increase in metabolism, so the effects may depend on the individual.

Caffeine itself has also been shown to improve physical performance by mobilizing fatty acids from the fat tissues and making them available for use as energy.

In two separate review studies, caffeine has been shown to increase physical performance by 11-12%, on average.

 

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4. Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer

 

Cancer is caused by uncontrolled growth of cells. It is one of the world’s leading causes of death.

It is well known that oxidative damage contributes to the development of cancer and that antioxidants can have a protective effect.

Green tea is an

Breast cancer:

Prostate cancer:

Colorectal cancer:

Multiple other observational studies show that green tea drinkers are significantly less likely to get various types of cancer.

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5. Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

 

Not only can green tea improve brain function in the short term, it may also protect your brain in old age.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common neurodegenerative disease in humans and a leading cause of dementia.

Parkinson’s disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease and involves the death of dopamine producing neurons in the brain.

Multiple studies show that the catechin compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurons in test tubes and animal models, potentally lowering the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

 

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6. Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria, Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection

 

The

Some studies show that they can kill bacteria and inhibit viruses like the influenza virus, potentially lowering your risk of infections.

Streptococcus mutans

Studies show that the catechins in green tea can inhibit the growth of streptococcus mutans. Green tea consumption is associated with improved dental health and a lower risk of caries.

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7. Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type II Diabetes

 

Type II

This disease involves having elevated blood sugar levels in the context of insulin resistance or an inability to produce insulin.

Studies show that green tea can improve insulin sensitivity and reduce blood sugar levels.

One study in Japanese individuals found that those who drank the most green tea had a

According to a review of 7 studies with a total of 286,701 individuals, green tea drinkers had an 18% lower risk of becoming diabetic.

 

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8. Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

 

Cardiovascular diseases, including heart disease and stroke, are the biggest causes of death in the world.

Studies show that green tea can improve some of the

This includes total

Green tea also dramatically increases the antioxidant capability of the blood, which protects the LDL cholesterol particles from oxidation, which is one part of the pathway towards heart disease.

Given the beneficial effects on risk factors, it is not surprising to see that green tea drinkers have up to a 31% lower risk of cardiovascular disease.

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9. Green Tea Can Help You Lose Weight and Lower Your Risk of Becoming Obese

 

Given that

Several studies show that green tea leads to decreases in body fat, especially in the abdominal area.

One of these studies was a randomized controlled trial in 240 men and women that went on for 12 weeks. In this study, the green tea group had significant decreases in body fat percentage, body weight, waist circumference and abdominal fat.

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10. Green Tea May Decrease Your Risk of Dying and Help You Live Longer

Of course, we all have to die eventually. That is inevitable.

However, given that green tea drinkers are at a lower risk of cardiovascular disease and cancer, it makes sense that it could help you live longer.

In a study of 40,530 Japanese adults, those who drank the most green tea (5 or more cups per day) were significantly less likely to die during an 11 year period:

Death of all causes:

Death from heart disease:

Death from stroke:

Another study in 14,001 elderly Japanese individuals aged 65-84 years found that those who drank the most green tea were 76% less likely to die during the 6 year study period.

EARL GREY

Since our first days brewing from our Citroen-H van, people have asked if we serve Earl Grey. Our answer for a long while was no, not yet – we wanted to do it properly. Among the first of our flavoured teas, we wanted our Earl Grey to be something we could be proud of – a good and proper tea like the rest. Last spring, after many, many rounds of tastings, we finally landed on something wonderfully simple and launched it as our 29th tea.

Good & Proper Tea at Brockley Market

Where is Good & Proper Earl Grey tea from?

Earl Grey is a black tea which has been flavoured with bergamot oil, taken from the rind of this Sicilian citrus fruit. During the course of the development of our Earl Grey, we tried multiple different black tea bases in different blends and with different levels of oiling. In the end, we opted for something wonderfully simple – our Earl Grey loose leaf black tea is made up of a single-origin, Ceylon black tea base, from the remote Uva region in Sri Lanka (read more about this tea-growing region here), which is known for producing teas with natural citrus and pine notes, which naturally work well with the bergamot. The oil itself is extracted from the skin of the bergamot fruit, before being reduced to a concentrate and then tumbled through the tea and allowed to settle. During this process the majority of the liquid evaporates off the leaves, leaving the residual flavour behind. When brewed, both the tea and oil infuse into the water, giving the liquor that beautiful orange colour and distinct, aromatic flavour. The combination of the black tea and bergamot is the perfect balance of body and aroma – not overtly fragrant but with enough of the spicy hit of bergamot to make it a true earl grey. We also add blue cornflowers to our Earl Grey, but just because we love the way they look.

Earl Grey loose leaf

How to brew Earl Grey tea

As with all of our teas, we provide brewing instructions for how to make the most delicious cup. As Earl Grey has a Ceylon base, it is best brewed like other black teas – at a high temperature for a longer period of time than other tea types, such as greens, oolongs and whites. We recommend brewing 3.5g dried leaf (2 tsp), per 200ml teapot, in just before boiling 98C water for 3 minutes.

The result is a beautiful amber liquor and the perfect balance of body and fragrant aroma.

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How best to drink Earl Grey

When it came to launching our Earl Grey in 2017, there was the much debated subject of how best to enjoy it. So we asked for your thoughts on the ultimate question – milk or no milk?

58% of you said that you prefer a splash of your milk with your Earl Grey, whilst 30% said that they enjoy it best, drunk with milk. 12% said that they like to take their Earl Grey with a slice of lemon. We think that our particular Earl Grey tastes delicious black, but we’d have to agree with the majority of you, that there is nothing better than a pot at tea time with a delicious cake and a good book – brewed with freshly drawn water, just off the boil, then poured over a dash of semi-skimmed milk.

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How much caffeine is there in Earl Grey?

Due to its black tea base, a cup of Earl Grey contains a reasonable amount of caffeine. You can read more about how much caffeine you can find in a cup of tea, in our article here. Whilst coffee and tea both contain levels of caffeine when drunk, tea also contains an amino acid called l-theanine which has calming properties that leave the drinker feeling refreshed, but without the jittery effect you might experience with coffee.

Earl Grey is also sometimes heralded for its proposed health benefits, such as reducing anxiety, and lowering cholesterol, thanks to the presence of bergamot.

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Each of our teas are numbered, in the order that we added them to the G&P lineup. Earl Grey is #29, the most recent addition to our tea collection, and after launching it in spring 2017, we are delighted to know that our tea drinkers love it every bit as much as we do.

BULLETPROOF COFFEE

Do you feel relentlessly tired, hungry and irritable? Are finding yourself reaching for cup after cup of coffee just get yourself to lunchtime? If this sounds like you, trade in your regular cup of joe for a cup of bulletproof coffee. Read on to learn why this switch to your morning routine could be vital if you are aiming to stay in ketosis.

What Is Boosted Coffee?

Bulletproof coffee was formulated by Dave Asprey, an entrepreneur, businessman and author from Albuquerque, New Mexico. Asprey describes himself as a professional biohacker.

Dave took a trip to Tibet where he discovered the transformative powers of yak butter tea. When Dave returned home he wanted to recreate the tea’s power. He experimented with blending hot coffee with healthy saturated fats like grass-fed butter or ghee and MCT oil.

He quickly realized this morning latte increased his energy, stabilized his blood sugar, and improved his cognitive function and mental clarity. He started sharing his butter coffee creation with his Silicon Valley community and the rest was history. A cult-like following of bulletproof coffee drinkers were born and the trend has been climbing upwards ever since.

How Does Boosted Coffee Work?

When you drink bulletproof coffee you are combining the superpowers of the coffee bean with the superpowers of grass-fed butter and MCT oil for a super-charged, high-fat, high-performance latte.

Coffee beans are packed with essential B vitamins, antioxidants and phytonutrients. There is plenty of evidence to suggest drinking coffee can suppress hunger, improve brain function and mood, provide energy and raise metabolism to burn more fat.

Our keto bulletproof coffee recipe has a short list of high quality ingredients ingredients including fresh, hot coffee, grass-fed butter and Perfect Keto MCT Powder.

What’s So Special About Grass-Fed Butter?

Grass-fed butter is produced from grass-fed cows. These cows are allowed to forage and graze for their own fresh food in wide open spaces. This results in a much higher quality butter because the cows are happy and healthy.

Grass-fed butter contains hundreds of fatty acids and nearly five times more CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) than butter from grain-fed cows. CLA is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in meat and dairy products. It is a known dietary supplement said to help people lose fat, maintain their weight, retain lean muscle mass and control Type 2 diabetes[*].

What Is MCT Oil?

MCT is not just a buzzword. MCT stands for medium-chain triglycerides and it’s one of the best, most bioavailable forms of energy. MCT oil is made from pure MCTs that are extracted from coconut (or palm) oil. MCTs are an ideal energy source and known for their quick absorption. It is not coconut oil, but a coconut oil byproduct.

A common misconception is that you can use coconut oil in place of MCT oil. However, coconut oil is just 55% MCTs, while MCT oil is made of pure MCTs. They are not interchangeable.

Perfect Keto founder @dranthonygustinoften adds MCT oil to his coffee — like in this cold brew. Follow him for more keto drink ideas.

What Is Perfect Keto MCT Powder?

Perfect Keto MCT Powder is liquid MCT oil that is spray-dried and then micro-encapsulated with a powder carrier shell. This makes a convenient and portable powder. MCT powder is less messy and easier to transport than MCT oil and has the same health benefits.

What Are the Health Benefits of MCT Oil?

MCT oil increases weight loss. More and more studies are popping up showing that MCTs help you maintain satiety by leaving you feeling fuller longer[*]. They also boost your metabolism, leading to more fat loss and greater weight loss outcomes.

MCT oil also improves gut health and reduces inflammation. MCTs are natural antibiotics capable of fighting off harmful bacteria while preserving your gut’s good bacteria. This creates optimal pH balance for a healthy gut biome leading to a healthier overall gut environment and improved digestion.

MCT oil also sharpens your cognitive health. Studies show there is a strong connection between the brain and gut health[*]. Since your brain consists largely of fatty acids, you think more clearly when you provide your body with plenty of healthy fats for fuel.

Keto Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

Start your morning off with this perfect combination of caffeine and healthy fats. This low carb cup of magic is all you need, along with a balanced diet, to have your most productive day.

You may choose to use whatever coffee variety you prefer, but we recommend a single origin, light roast coffee. Light roast coffees are typically less bitter, brighter and better tasting while keeping the recipe unsweetened. They also contain the highest amount of caffeine.

There are many ways to brew a great tasting cup of coffee, including a standard automatic coffee maker, Aeropress, Chemex or French press.

Optional add ins:

Variations:

  • Add in two scoops Chocolate Keto Collagen Powder for a delicious, low carb mocha
  • Add in a few drops of peppermint oil for a refreshing, stimulating, minty coffee
  • Add in a few drops of lavender oil for a relaxing floral coffee
  • Add maca powder in for a restorative, balancing cup
  • Add a pinch of pink Himalayan salt for an electrolyte boost

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KETO BULLETPROOF COFFEE RECIPE

Keto Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

This keto bulletproof coffee recipe has the perfect combination of caffeine and healthy fats to give you energy to power through a productive day.

  • Author: Cristina Curp
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 16 ounces
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

INGREDIENTS

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a blender. 
  2. Blend on low brining the speed up to high for 30 seconds or until frothy. 
  3. Serve, sip. Enjoy! 

NOTES

Single origin, light roast coffee is my preference. I find it less bitter and therefore better unsweetened. I use a French press, which brews excellent, smooth coffee.

Optional add ins:

Variation:

Use 2 scoops Chocolate Keto Collagen for a Mocha Coffee! 

NUTRITION

  • Calories: 280
  • Fat: 31g
  • Carbohydrates: 2.8g
  • Fiber: 2.2g
  • Protein: 1g

PERFECT BREW

It’s all about the details when it comes to making a perfect cup of tea.

Of course you can just boil some water and grab a tea bag but if you want to elevate the experience, there are a couple of extra steps you can take.

How do you make tea properly?
[1] Warm the tea pot and teacups.
[2] Use cold filtered water.
[3] Setting the correct water temperature for your tea.
[4] Using 1 heaping teaspoon of tea per cup.
[5] Steeping whole leaf tea or high quality tea.
[6] Setting the timer to steep the tea for the right amount of time.

And my reward? A perfect pot of tea each and every time.

For me, the joy of tea is in the ritual. The more I repeat the series of steps for brewing tea the proper way, the more I enjoy it.

There are many ways to make a cup of tea using different vessels but the easiest is in a teapot.

The other methods use country-specific steeping pots or cups like gaiwan (Chinese) or yixing teapot (Chinese), or kyusu (Japanese). There is a bit of technique and formality to using each of these vessels so it’s not as easy to use as a simple teapot.

Water for Tea

I like to use filtered water for tea. Use clean, cold water that won’t add any other taste to your tea.

Water Temperature

Water that has come to a gentle boil is best for black and oolong tea. For green and white tea, go for a lower temperature (simmered water).

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Amount of Tea to Steep

The general rule of thumb is to steep 1 heaping teaspoon of tea for every cup of water.

If you want to get fancy and use a scale, weigh out 3 grams of tea for each cup.

Best Tea to Steep

I rarely use tea bags since the tea is usually not as good as whole or loose leaf tea.

Tea in tea bags are the leftover broken bits, or “tea dust”, collected after whole tea has been processed. That doesn’t sound too appealing does it?

Good quality tea is a rolled whole tea leaf. As the tea steeps, it will unfurl in the hot water and you should be able to see the entire leaf. Whole, loose leaf tea is the best tea to steep.

Brew tea

Steeping Time

Oversteeping tea leads to a bitter cup. This is the time to use the timer on your phone.

Follow the steep time recommendations on the tea package, but roughly it is: black tea usually steeps for 4-5 minutes, green and oolong for 3 minutes, and white tea for 4 minutes.

Once the time is up, your tea is ready to drink. Don’t leave the tea leaves sitting in water since that just makes the tea way too strong and bitter.

If you’re making a big pot of tea, use a tea filter to take out the leaves after the steep time. You can add the filter back in the teapot if you want to steep the tea again in hot water.

THE PERFECT ESPRESSO

1.    CLEAN YOUR PORTAFILTER

Before dosing the coffee to your portafilter, make sure that the portafilter is clean and tidy. Both moisture and leftover grounds might (and most likely will) make your future espresso taste over-extracted = astringent and bitter. 

2.    DOSE CORRECTLY 

This should be pretty easy. With on-demand grinders you just need to push a button with your portafilter or hand and the grinder will dose your pre-set dose. If you want to be a really professional and geeky barista, check your dose on a scale before distributing and tamping. This way you can be quite sure that your extraction will be correct because your dose won’t be too much or little.

3.    DISTRIBUTE YOUR GROUNDS IN THE PORTAFILTER

Most likely your grinder will dose the grounds to the portafilter’s basket to a mountain or a pyramid shape. This means that you have uneven distribution of the grounds so some parts of the basket will have more coffee and some parts less if you don’t distribute them before tamping. Bad distribution of the grounds might lead to channelling.

You can also use distribution tools if you want to get geeky. Distribution tools are really great way to enhance the consistency of your espressos and their extractions. 

4.    TAMP EVENLY AND CONSISTENTLY

I had my first barista training in 2012 when I was taught that I should tamp with 20 kilos of pressure. After “a few” tamps and several years, I still don’t know how much is 20 kilos of pressure. So let’s kill that popular myth.

So let’s tamp in a more modern way. The aim of tamping is to remove any air pockets in the coffee puck and do this so that the puck is completely leveled. Tamp so long and “hard” that you feel that the puck is compressed (in other words it doesn’t go down anymore). Pay attention that the puck is horizontally leveled so that you avoid channelling and over, under or uneven extraction. 

5.    RINSE YOUR GROUP HEAD

Before inserting the portafilter to the group head, you might want to rinse the group head to remove any old coffee from it. Easy way to keep your espresso machine clean. Rinsing will also make sure that your group head is properly heated and this way you might be able to extract more your coffee.

6.    INSERT THE PORTAFILTER AND START BREWING IMMEDIATELY

After rinsing, insert the portafilter to the group head and start brewing IMMEDIATELY! If you don’t start brewing immediately, the heat from the group head might “burn” the surface of your coffee which leads to bitter notes in the cup. 
Fun fact: in World Barista Championships you will lose a point if you don’t start the brewing immediately 

7.    BE AWARE OF THE YIELD & BREW TIME

Now you are brewing your espresso. If you are using a volumetric machine, be aware of you brew time. In the case of too short extraction time (under-extraction) or too long extraction time (over-extraction) you might want to make a new espresso and/or check your grind size and dose. If you are using a manual espresso machine, be aware of your yield e.g. if your espresso is running a bit too fast, you are just diluting (making it milder) your espresso and possibly also over-extracting at the same time.

8.    SERVE WITH A SMILE

If you followed these steps and you’re using a good brewing recipe, most likely you will have a tasty espresso in the cup. It is important to remember that we baristas are in the hospitality business so be sure to serve your customers well. Tell them a little about the coffee you’re using and what kind of flavours should they be expecting from the espresso. And most important of all; SMILE. With a tasty espresso served with smile you can make someone’s day.

9.    DISCARD THE PUCK, CLEAN THE BASKET AND RINSE THE GROUP HEAD.

After serving keep the places neat and tidy. Clean the basket from any old coffee and moisture, rinse the group head and insert the portafilter back to the group head. It is much easier, faster and nicer to make the next espresso when places are in order.