You have probably experienced the energy-boosting power of coffee—thanks to its high caffeine content. But not all of us really know how to drink coffee for the maximum energy boost.
What You Didn’t Know About Coffee
Coffee drinking dates back many centuries, with evidence of coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree being documented in the early 15th century in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen after which the practice soon spread to Mecca and Medina. By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East and parts of Africa. Coffee drinking was then introduced to the Balkans, Europe and Southeast Asia.
Despite the numerous attempts to ban coffee drinking, its usage around the world has continued to grow. This has been helped in part by the popularity of coffee houses, which began opening and attracting customers in the 17th century.
Now, coffee is one of the world’s most highly traded commodities, and according to the National Coffee Association, coffee is currently the most consumed beverage apart from water.
For many people around the world, coffee is a staple and it helps them start their day and also provides a welcome physical and mental boost throughout their day.
Coffee Scene In Southeast Asia
Like its renowned food reputation, the coffee culture in Southeast Asia attracts lots of attention from the world. The coffee traditions in the East do evolve to some extent under the flux of modernization and Western lifestyle influence yet, partly remains its authenticity to flavours and form.
In Western countries, fresh milk is a special ingredient to the whole coffee arena. For Southeast Asian countries, it is the condensed milk that lit everything. An inspiring suggestion whenever you come to a café in Southeast Asia should be iced-and-(condensed)-milk combination because here, locals have been attached to this iced-coffee drink too much to the point of common reflex.
The Benefits of Drinking Coffee
While popular with those who follow keto or paleo diets, energy-boosting coffee can actually benefit anyone who is looking to boost their energy levels and control hunger.
Coffee alone has shown to benefit metabolism. Combine coffee with MCTs (medium-chain fats) like coconut oil, you have a fat-burning power couple. MCTs increase energy and endurance, stimulate metabolism, and boost brain function.
Additionally, MCTs can help power the brain. These fats provide an almost-immediate boost of energy to the brain, and have even been found to help boost energy in folks with Alzheimer’s disease.
Best Time To Drink Coffee
A useful rule of thumb is to only drink coffee in the morning time. If you drink coffee in the afternoon, it is likely to disrupt your sleep—which is definitely not a good or healthy thing to do.
Another reason to only drink coffee in the morning is because of the exponential decay of caffeine in the body. Essentially, once consumed, caffeine stays in the body for quite some time. Studies show that it leaves the body at a rate of about 11% per hour. This actually gives it a half-life of about 6 hours. To put this in practical terms, if you drink a cup of coffee with 100mg of caffeine at 10 in the morning, you will still have about 50mg of caffeine remaining in your system at 4 in the afternoon.
With this in mind, we do not recommend you to drink coffee any later than lunchtime. By doing this, you will still get the energy lift from the caffeine throughout the afternoon, but it would not cause difficulty sleeping at night.
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