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There is a best time to drink your morning coffee, study shows

If you’re like most people, you love to have a hot cup of coffee as soon as you roll out of bed. But if you’re looking to maximize the effects of your morning cuppa joe, you might want to wait a while, science says. It turns out, the best time for your coffee fix is one hour after you wake up. This is because your body’s production of cortisol has one of its three peaks by this time, according to researchers. Cortisol is known as the stress hormone because our bodies received an influx of it when we feel tension in a situation. But perhaps cortisol would be better known as the “alertness hormone” because when we’re under stress, it creates the alert feeling which determines our “fight or flight” response. So why wait an hour? You want to wait an hour after you wait up because delivering a jolt…

This is why Starbucks’ drink sizes are Tall, Grande, and Venti

Forget small, medium, and large. If you frequent the coffee mega-chain Starbucks, you know these sizes aren’t a menu option. When you’re ordering at Starbucks, you better know your tall, grande, or venti. So what’s the story behind this unconventional naming convention? Well, it all started in Italy. On a fateful trip to the coffee-loving country in 1983, Howard Schultz, the founder of Starbucks, became “captivated with Italian coffee bars and the romance of the coffee experience,” the Starbucks website says. So much so, in fact, he wanted to emulate that experience in the United States with his own coffee shop, Il Giornale. You may have never heard of Il Giornale, but it was a mini-coffee chain Schulz started in 1986 — a year before he purchased a tiny Seattle brand called Starbucks and turned it into the coffee behemoth we visit today. In her book, Grande Expectations, author Karen…

10 Best cities for Starbucks lovers in the U.S.

When you’re looking for a place to live you may ask about nearby parks, hospitals, bars and restaurants, or even schools. But, if you’re a coffee person, no other criteria looms larger than the location of the nearest Starbucks. If you simply can’t start you day without a highly- caffeinated cup of Joe, there are a few cities you should consider above all others. It’s not enough to simply look at the number of Starbucks on local street corners. (After all, New York has 241 Starbucks, but its not nearly enough to fuel the city of 8.6 million in a timely manner.) It’s Starbucks per capita that matters most when you’re desperate for a jolt of java. Without further ado, here is The Apartment Guide’s 2019 list the best cities for Starbucks lovers. 10. Scottsdale, AZ Total Starbucks locations: 125 Total Population: 249,950 Per capita: 6,096 Sunny Scottsdale is known…

7 Keto-friendly drinks you can order at Starbucks

So you have the keto thing down no problem when you cook at home, but when you go out to eat, things can get pretty tricky. Sometimes you might just decide just to skip the restaurant entirely if you’re not sure of its menu options, but skipping out on Starbucks? Well, is that really ever an option? The good news is that you don’t have to give up your beloved coffee run. The java giant offers plenty of keto-approved caffeinated drinks so you can have your morning pick-me-up, while still staying true to your diet. Overall, keep in mind when ordering any drink at a Starbucks or another coffee shop, you’re going to need to order sugar-free, since sugar is basically just carbohydrates. Also, order heavy cream or coconut or nut milk instead of regular milk. That will help you customize most drinks to be more in-line with keto, but here…

The U.S. Army figured out the best time to drink coffee for maximum alertness

If you love coffee, you probably can’t think of a bad time for a cup of Joe, but a new study shows that there is, in fact, a best time to drink it if alertness is what you’re going for. Researchers from the U.S. Army developed an algorithm that can make personal recommendations for the timing your morning cup with the goal of drinking the least amount of coffee while achieving optimal alertness, reports LiveScience.  By using the algorithm, researchers found that they could improve people’s performance on attention-based tasks by up to 64 percent even though participants were drinking the same amount of caffeine as usual. The study found that people could reduce their coffee consumption by up to 65 percent without losing any of the effects of the caffeine. The algorithm takes into account factors like a person’s sleep schedule, sleep deprivation, schedule, and alertness at different times during the day. A…

Where to get free coffee on National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day falls on a Friday this year, which mean you can guzzle as much free caffeine as you want without having to worry about falling asleep anytime soon. Here is a list of coffee deals and freebies you can score to celebrate on Sept. 29, 2017. Some national chains are serving up BOGO, while others are offering freebies in exchange for app downloads. Still, a few more are offering free coffee to anyone who wants it: No gimmicks — bless their hearts. 7-Eleven 7-Eleven stores are celebrating by giving a free cup of coffee to 7Rewards members who show the bar code located in their 7Rewards smartphone app. Offer good one time between Friday, Sept. 29 and Sunday, Oct. 1. Cinnabon Get a free 12 oz. coffee on Friday. Dunkin’ Donuts DD is having a BOGO free medium hot coffee with purchase of medium or large hot coffee. Krispy Kreme From Friday,…

Four cups of coffee probably safe, new study confirms

Despite nearly two decades of conflicting research on how much coffee we can safely consume, people still love their morning cup of joe. And that would be fine, if our society stopped there. But collectively, we have a tendency to take things to the extreme. “Bring it!” responded one Los Angeles newscaster to an announcement that “the world’s strongest coffee” will now be available in the U.S. Just one cup of the South African based product, Black Insomnia (now also available on Amazon), has the equivalent of taking three Five Hour Energy shots. So how much is too much? Is there even a place for such a coffee in a responsible daily diet at all? A new study published in the journal of Food and Chemical Toxicology claims to have settled the great caffeine debate once and for all. Researchers combed through and compiled data from 5,000 articles published over a span of 15…

Clear coffee promises not to stain your teeth

Imagine all the benefits of coffee without the worry of stains. Well, check this one off your list: We now have the world’s first colorless coffee beverage. (And you didn’t think technology was moving fast enough.) The beverage, CLR CFF, was developed by Slovakian brothers David and Adam Nagy while they were living in London. “We are heavy coffee drinkers,” Adam tells London’s Evening Standard. “Like many other people we struggled with the teeth stains caused by it. There was nothing on the market that would suit our needs so we decided to create our own recipe. “Because of the hectic lifestyle we lead, we wanted to make a refreshing ready-to-drink coffee which provides the boost but is low in calories.” Of course, just as important as keeping up their caffeine intake — the colorless drink will help a lot of us not waste the money we spend on keeping our pearly…