Health Benefits of Coffee - Is Coffee Good for Men?

Health Benefits of Coffee - Is Coffee Good for Men?

Are you one of those guys that get up grumpy and bleary-eyed, needing your morning chug of Joe to get out the door with a spring in your step?
Well, beyond the usual pick-me-up coffee offers, there are heaps of real health benefits you get each time you get your morning brew or fill up your mug during the day.

We’ve put together a list of 6 of the top science-backed arguments why you should have that cup of coffee.

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Around The World In Coffee Cups

Around The World In Coffee Cups

 The amount of people who drink coffee around the world is truly staggering. In fact, it is reported that over 1 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide each and every day. People drink it for the boost of energy it provides, as well as the delicious taste. Coffee even has the potential to improve your mood. These are some of the reasons why you are likely never more than a few feet away from someone enjoying a coffee when you’re out and about.

Whether you like to try new products and techniques after visiting sites like Owly Choice or prefer to stick to what you know and love, there is no doubt most of us love coffee. However, the coffee that you drink every single day is likely far different from what someone across the world is drinking. Every area has its own preferences, traditions, and rituals. 

Learning the difference in coffee preferences and traditions across the world can not only be interesting but can also help you if you plan on traveling. With that in mind let’s take a look at how a few countries and areas enjoy their coffee.


While espressos are enjoyed everywhere, nowhere does them better than their home in Italy. The espresso machine was created in Italy and the beverage is still among the most popular ways to consume caffeine in the country. Many Italians start their day with Espresso to get their juices flowing.

For those unfamiliar, espresso is a small cup of (usually strong) coffee made to order with a very thin layer of cream on top. They can be made with a range of different beans and flavors, and many Italians enjoy them at the bar of a cafe. Of course, many other types of coffee, such as the cappuccino, are enjoyed throughout Italy.


Being that it is the largest producer of coffee on the planet, we definitely had to take a trip to this country. Coffee in Brazil is quite strong and concentrated, so even a small cup can go a long way. Much of the coffee in the country is also brewed together with sugar, so you may not need to include any extra due to this pre-sweetened nature.

No matter where you are, or what time of the day it is, finding a great cup of coffee in Brazil will be incredibly easy. Expect big flavors and chocolate notes from most of the many beans in Brazil. Because of the massive production of coffee in Brazil, the country will surely have coffee for even the pickiest of drinkers.


While you might not know this, Ethiopia is the initial birthplace of coffee. As you could imagine, coffee is still an incredibly important part of Ethiopian life. In particular, they are known for their ritualistic and traditional ceremonies. In fact, the ritual of brewing and enjoying coffee can sometimes take multiple hours.

The Buna (Ethiopian coffee ceremony) begins by roasting, grinding and filtering the beans right in front of customers. What follows is three separate brewing cycles and then salt, butter or sugar is often added. This ritual reflects the love for coffee that the nation has, as well as showing the true craftsmanship that goes into a great cup of coffee. If you are a coffee fanatic, it could be a bucket list experience to enjoy one of the ceremonies.

In conclusion, we hope that this trip around the globe has helped you learn a little bit more about how different cultures and countries enjoy their coffee. While everywhere is different, we all share one thing in common, and that is our collective love of coffee.


by Ashley Lipman


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Early Spring Coffee Drinks You Can Make at Home

Early Spring Coffee Drinks You Can Make at Home

As the cold winter days start to fade into the hopeful first days of the early spring, people are usually ready to embrace the change. For coffee lovers, this means transitioning away from the soul-warming, creamy blends of the winter and into lighter, fresher beverages.

If you're looking for a new spring coffee drink to make at home this season, you're in luck. Here are five coffee drink recipes you should try this spring.

Chai Tea Coffee

A chai tea coffee is the simplest recipe on the list. It offers the warmth and spice you need to get through the cooler days, but with a light airiness that makes it perfect for spring.

For this recipe, you will need,

Making this beverage is really simple. You make the tea, then use that to make your coffee in a French Press or using the pour-over method. Add a dash of cinnamon to enhance the flavors. 

Lavender Latte

Floral-infused coffee is going to be a big hit this spring. For a lavender latte, you will need:

Brew the coffee and add the syrup, adjusting the amount to suit your tastes. Warm and froth your milk on the stove or using the jar method. Gently pour the milk onto the coffee and sprinkle with dried lavender to be fancy. 

Iced Grapefruit Americano

This spring-ready drink has a bit of zip to it. The iced americano is the perfect iced coffee beverage for those who like a little more kick. For this recipe, you will need:

  • enough espresso for a 1:2 ratio with water

  • unflavored soda water

  • 1 tsp grapefruit juice

  • 1 tsp grapefruit zest

  • ice cubes

You can make espresso at home using a French press. If you're making a 14oz drink, you'll want 2oz of espresso. Add the espresso to your cup, followed by cold soda water. Leave room for ice at the top. Add your grapefruit juice and zest, then top with ice.

Rosewater Pistachio Bulletproof Latte

The Rosewater Pistachio Bulletproof Latte is creamy and decadent with spring-inspired flavors. This is the perfect drink for the transition period between seasons. For this DIY coffee drink, you will need: 

Put the butter in the bottom of your cup and pour the espresso overtop. Add in the rose water. Steam and froth your milk, then layer it on top of your beverage. Add a drizzle of honey to bring the flavors together.

 For an extra frothy beverage, add your butter, and espresso to a blender first. Be careful when using hot espresso in a blender.


Raspberry Chocolate Coffee Smoothie

If you like frappuccinos, you'll love this DIY raspberry chocolate coffee smoothie recipe. Note that this is a coffee drink, not a health smoothie, though it has the makings of a great breakfast drink.

 For this recipe, you will need: 

  • 1 cup dark roast coffee, chilled

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries

  • 1/2 cup milk of your choice

  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder or dark chocolate bits

 Add the ingredients to a blender and mix. This is a decadent beverage that tastes like dessert. If you find it too tart, you can add a bit of honey to lighten up the flavors. 

By Ashley Lipman

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Bitter or Sour Taste in Your Cup? Coffee to Water Ratio

Bitter or Sour Taste in Your Cup? Coffee to Water Ratio

Sometimes you get a coffee that everyone you know says is great. You taste it and wonder - what are they talking about?

Well you could say everyone has different tastes, and this is true, however, there is something to say for how you prepare something as well. The best steak in the world can taste bad if it’s not prepared well. 

Let’s address the reasons for a bitter sour taste in your cup of coffee.

Coffee to Water Ratio

Now with this one, you might think - I always brew the same ratios - but the measurement can change with the coffee. 

A really dark roast may taste nice and bold with 2 tablespoons ground coffee to 6 ounces of water - sour with 3 tablespoons and like dirty water with 1 tablespoon.

If your coffee tastes sour - try lessening the amount of ground coffee to water until you find your sweet spot.

If this doesn't change the bitterness check out these other reasons for a sour cup:

Brewed or Sat Too Long

Grounds Too Fine for Brewing Method

Water Temperature

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