International Coffee Day, a global celebration of all things coffee fell at the beginning of the month, and we here at Hugh Jordan believe that every day should be a celebration of coffee because let’s face it, it’s the main component of our day to day life.
So in light of this, we thought we would answer some FAQs relating to coffee.
- Is it Expresso or Espresso?
Let’s put it this way when you say Espresso you’re saying ‘pressed coffee’ in Italian when you say ‘Expresso’ you’re saying ‘I’m new to this whole “coffee” thing’.
- Is it better to store your coffee in the cupboard or fridge?
Contrary to belief, storing coffee in your fridge is completely counterintuitive. Your fridge is not cold enough to keep your coffee fresh, and as coffee works as a deodorizer, it will absorb any aromas in your fridge, changing the taste of your carefully chosen roast.
Ideally, you should not store more than one week’s worth of coffee at a time, and it should be stored at room temperature in a vacuum-sealed container in your cupboard, avoiding heat and sunlight. But, if you’re like me and it’s not always practical to only store a week’s worth of coffee at a time, you can stick your coffee in portion sized freezer bags and put them in the freezer.
- Does the water temperature impact the coffee’s taste?
Like Goldilocks, coffee likes its water not too hot, and not too cold. It has to be just right. Experts say that coffee is best served at anything between 70ºC to 80ºC - Anything lower or higher will impact the taste.
- How much is too much?
It is said that anything up to 400mg of caffeine a day or four cups of coffee is the right amount for most healthy adults. However, I’ve been known to have more than four cups a day if I’m having ‘one of those days’, and I’ve been alright.
*NB you should probably stop drinking coffee when you get the shakes or your stomach hurts.
- Which has more caffeine, coffee or tea?
A typical 8oz cup of coffee can have up to 100ml of caffeine, depending on the type of tea (green tea, black tea, chamomile etc.) can range from 15ml to 70ml of caffeine.
As the caffeine in coffee is quickly absorbed into your system, you can feel the effects almost instantly, giving you a great jolt of energy. Whereas, tea is more of a ‘slow burner’, giving you a sustained energy boost.
So, if you’re looking for a pick-me-up first thing in the morning, grab a coffee. If you’re looking for something to help you get through that after lunch slog in work, opt for a nice cup of tea.
- Will coffee cure a hangover?
In short, no.
As we discussed in question 5, coffee is a great source of instant energy - so it will help you to feel more human. Unfortunately, coffee will not remove the alcohol from your system, and it won’t prevent symptoms of ‘the fear’.
As a nation of tea drinkers, the coffee culture has taken Ireland by storm, many people classifying it as a lifestyle, and with that comes a variety of ways to express yourself, and that can be through the type of coffee you choose to drink, the richness of the roast, or the type of cup/mug you use.
Need some coffee cup inspiration? Grab a cup of coffee, click here, and browse through the variety of coffee mug styles we have in stock.
And, If you get a chance, head into our store on Bride Street in Dublin City Centre to get a better look at all of our ranges.
May your coffee be strong, and your week be short!