In observance of National Park Week, we will be sharing National Parks in NJ that are a great place to visit with a hot cup of coffee and your camera. Who else is ready for an adventure?
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Australia. The land of kangaroos, vegemite, and the Great Barrier Reef. Well, don’t forget the coffee. Interestingly enough, the Australian take on coffee is much different from that in the USA. While we Americans usually find ourselves on an early morning, weary-eyed hunt for a cup of coffee to fuel our day, Australia coffee culture consists of a much more laid back approach.
Australian Coffee Culture is all about Sharing
Most coffee shops in NYC are filled with patrons, Wi-Fi engaged and focused on their computer screens. Gone are the days of sitting with a friend or even a stranger – and discussing life’s complexities over a cup of coffee. It seems that we lean on coffee as a necessity, a way to survive our day. On the other hand, Australians have embraced the coffee shop culture, and the patrons it is meant to attract. It is not uncommon for surfers to include coffee as part of their surfing lifestyle – a cafe on the coast is an excellent way to put some pep in their paddle.
Australia Coffee Culture has Italian Roots
Post WWII, a large amount of Europeans moved to Australia to rebuild a new life. They brought their customs and cultural aspects to the coastal towns (where most of Australia’s population is located) – which included food and drink. Italian’s introduced Australia to espresso, and years later when Australia hosted the Olympics – the country saw a boom of activity in their business, including the Australian cafes. This surge of activity and increase in the cities’ population was fueled by the cafe culture – where people would meet to discuss new business and happenings in their booming city.
So is there a special coffee or espresso drink in Australia? Yes! A Flat White. A little interesting information about it?
While there are numerous studies that show coffee’s benefits on the human body, there is something to be said when it comes to “everything in alternation.” Sometimes, too much of a good thing isn’t the best, and every so often even here at Cupa Cabana we take a step back from our strong espressos to cleanse the palette and sip on some coffee alternatives. It’s good to have a few backup options when coffee and espresso are not an option,
Want to stay caffeinated while fighting disease? Green tea is one of the top options for coffee alternatives due to various antioxidants and health benefits for those who drink it. Green tea contains catechins, which are powerful, disease-battling antioxidants. What are some other benefits of green tea? Weight-loss and management, memory preservation, heart health and overall well-being are boosted by this natural, vitamin-packed beverage.
Apple cider has many health benefits, which are derived from the apple’s phytochemicals, such as phenolics, flavonoids, and carotenoids. These various benefits may reduce the chances chronic diseases. Individuals who regularly include apples in their diet are typically at a lowered risk of cardiovascular disease, asthma, diabetes and some types of cancer.
For those of our readers who are feeling a little more adventurous – there are some great probiotic teas and other, more common drinks that offer a laundry list of health benefits. Take, for example, kombucha tea. While studies are still pending to confirm the various health benefits, those who swear by it say the beverage helps stimulate the immune system, prevent cancer, and boost liver function and digestion. Kombucha tea is a sour, and effervescent drink – essentially a fermented tea. It must be stored and monitored correctly, as to ensure the fermentation process is sanitary and no mold is growing in the tea. It is important to do the research before trying out this drink, to ensure there will be no allergy issues – as it can affect people with digestive issues. For something a little less adventurous, go for smoothies made with fresh fruit and yogurt. The active cultures in yogurt will help your body maintain a healthy digestion system.
Aside from these, make sure to ingest plenty of water in addition to your other favorite beverages. At the end of the day, water is the best thing you can give your body – as it is an essential property of the human composition. Are there other coffee alternatives you prefer? Share with us!