When we think of early starts or sluggish mornings, we think coffee. In our minds, this much-loved brew is synonymous with its ability to help us get-up-and-go.
However, we shouldn’t pigeon hole coffee into this one small use. Although it is great at helping us to wake up in the morning, it has a lot of other fantastic properties, too.
In fact, the extent of its nutritious and healthy perks often get forgotten.
We simply see coffee as a morning staple, which has the added bonus of being highly Instagrammable. But what else can coffee offer us?
In this piece, we’ll be providing you with a glimpse into the benefits that coffee can offer to the mind, body and skin. Then, we’ll be pointing you in the direction of a few of our favourite coffee-mad indies, who have used this foodstuff to create some fantastic health conscious products.
By the end of this blog, hopefully you’ll agree with us when we say that coffee is the ultimate secret superfood.
For countless people across the UK (and indeed the world), a cup of coffee is an absolute must in our morning routine.
Think we’re exaggerating? Hardly. For instance, did you know that in Britain, we consume 2.8 kg of coffee per person every year? This was reported by a study from Roast and Post, which also found that on average, in the UK we each drink about 2 cups of coffee each day.
As you can see, we’re a nation that runs (at least partially) on a good splash of caffeine.
But how does coffee drinking actually affect our bodies?
You may be surprised to learn that drinking a cup of coffee every day brings a lot of benefits to the function of our body.
These benefits include:
- Boosting your energy levels
- Enhancing brain function
- Improving your ability to exercise
- Providing a brilliant source of antioxidants
- Helping you to feel happier
- Increasing the rate at which you burn fat
- Providing a source of key nutrients – including Vitamin B2, Vitamin B5, Manganese, Potassium and Magnesium
- Potentially reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes
- Potentially reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia and Parkinson’s disease
Staggeringly, according to the Healthline website, coffee is actually the single largest source of antioxidants in the Western diet.
If you don’t already, it’s definitely worth having a cup of coffee with your breakfast.
Coffee doesn’t just do good for your inside – it also has a lot of benefits to offer the outside of your body.
Coffee grounds are an increasingly popular ingredient in skincare. We see them feature in scrubs, lotions, masks and potions, as an addition which is designed to add an extra revitalising kick to your skincare routine.
Often, sustainable skincare producers even use spent coffee grounds (which have already been used to make a drink with) in their products. These grounds would otherwise have been chucked in the bin, so this is a fantastic way to reuse a perfectly good ingredient.
There’s a lot of great reasons fuelling the popularity of coffee in the skincare market:
- It can help to lessen the amount of visible cellulite on the surface of the skin
- It is filled with nutrients and antioxidants
- The antioxidant-rich coffee gives it anti-aging effects
- It can help to reduce skin inflammation
- It is a great treatment for spots and acne
- Its revitalising capabilities make it a great way of dealing with dark under-eye circles
Many of the same properties that make coffee so beneficial to drink also give it the dual bonus of being a fantastic addition to skincare. The natural goodness present in coffee is just as desirable for the outside of your body.
Our top coffee shop picks
Now that we’ve got you sold on the addition of coffee to your morning routine (in your skincare as well as your breakfast), we can connect you to some of our favourite places to secure our coffee goodies.
These highly caffeinated independents are the perfect place to get your coffee fix.
Scrubbee makes a sensational coffee face scrub, which is remarkably ethical. It is created in the UK, using repurposed coffee grounds. This makes it an all-natural, vegan, cruelty-free, ocean friendly and fully sustainable skincare option. This one really ticks all the boxes.
London Nootropics is a creator of specialised, highly nutritional coffee. Their blends contain nootropics that are especially designed to improve the function of the brain. These nutrient-rich additions include Ashwagandha, Lions Mane mushroom and Rhodiola.
UpCircle Beauty is a small business specialising in ethical, all-natural skincare. They have won numerous awards for their superb, eco-conscious products. These creatives reuse old coffee grounds to create sustainable and natural coffee exfoliants. This collection of skincare is of a premium quality, while still remaining completely eco-friendly – it really ticks all the boxes.
Exhale healthy coffee
Exhale healthy coffee produces a range of speciality coffee which is sourced and roasted for health. In fact, they are the UK’s first roastery to have this health-conscious focus.
During one test, the Exhale team sent a bag of their coffee to Knight Scientific laboratory in Plymouth. The scientist who conducted the tests on the coffee found that 1 brewed cup of exhale coffee had the same antioxidant power as 12 punnets of blueberries, 55 oranges or almost 2kg of kale. And that’s just in one cup.
If you’re keen to up your coffee intake, you can find these innovative indies listed on the Roe River website. It’s the perfect place to search for premium treats (either for yourself or a loved one), and support the fantastic work of UK talent as you shop.
Your caffeinated health kick starts here.