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How to Be Mindful While Making Coffee

Posted on September 27, 2017 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

I've long believed the process of brewing coffee each morning had meditative qualities because of the ritual and the sensory experience. However, I couldn't have articulated nearly as clearly as this article in the New York Times.

“Approach making your coffee the same way you approach meditating. Be completely here and now in the present moment, centering your attention exclusively on what you are doing and feeling. Being mindful of how you make your coffee shows you how to be mindful in every part of your life.” — Gloria Chadwick, the author of “Zen Coffee: A Guide to Mindful Meditation.”

Smell the aroma from the coffee grounds as you put them into the coffee filter. Breathe in their deep, rich, intense fragrance.

As you pour the water into your coffee maker, notice the clearness of the water, hear the gurgling sound. Listen to the first drops of water as they sizzle into the carafe; notice the color of the coffee.

Watch the steam that rises, swirling in the carafe; be mindful of the ethereal nature of your inner self.

Smell the first delicious whiff of your coffee as it begins to brew.

Listen to the sounds the coffee maker makes as it brews your coffee.

When the coffee is done brewing, let it sit for a moment or two to attain its full flavor.

Let yourself sit for a moment or two, to obtain the full flavor of meditating.

Health effects of drinking coffee!

Posted on September 27, 2017 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Good news (in a venti cup!) for those who love coffee: Two new studies show that drinking more java could help you live a longer life.

The health effects of drinking coffee have been a point of debate over the years, with some studies showing negative effects and others positive. These just-released studies should calm the jitters for those who rely on their daily jolt — or jolts — of caffeine to get through the day. The first study, conducted by researchers from the International Agency for Research on Cancer and the Imperial College London, surveyed more than 520,000 people in 10 European countries, making it the largest study on the correlation between coffee and mortality ever conducted in a European population. Its finding: Drinking more coffee significantly reduces the risk of death.

A second, separate study funded by the National Cancer Institute included a diverse set of subjects, surveying more than 185,000 adults from a range of  ethnicities, including African Americans, Native Americans, Hawaiians, Japanese Americans, Latinos and whites. It found that the mortality boost provided by coffee extended across all races included.

Both studies were published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. The European study found that drinking coffee lowered people's risk of liver, digestive and circulatory disease, and also lessened the rate of suicide in men and cancer in women. The survey also found that the more coffee you drink, the bigger the health boost. Subjects who drank three cups had a lower risk of all-cause death than those who did not drink coffee.

By focusing on various European countries, where coffee is prepared in many different ways, the study aimed to prove that positive health effects of coffee endure, regardless of preparation and serving style.

"The fact that we saw the same relationships in different countries is kind of the implication that it's something about coffee, rather than something about the way that coffee is prepared or the way it's drunk," said Marc Gunter, a principal investigator with the international research agency.

The second study echoed those findings, revealing that those who drank two to four cups a day had an 18 percent lower risk of death than those who did not drink coffee.

"Given these very diverse populations, all these people have different lifestyles. They have very different dietary habits and different susceptibilities — and we still find similar patterns," said study leader Veronica Wendy Setiawan, associate professor of preventative medicine at USC's Keck School of Medicine.

Not to drop a cloud in your coffee, but doctors caution that people should still practice moderation when it comes to their daily indulgence, and nutritionists warn that adding flavorings such as heavy cream and sugar can increase your caloric intake and nullify many of the health benefits of black coffee.

Now Available in all locations of New Seasons Market!

Posted on September 18, 2017 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Now available in all locations of New Seasons Markets!

Our award winning Pamplona Blend!

A complex blend of coffees from Africa, Mexico and South America with notes of Macadamia Nut, chocolate and cinnamon.

Excellent as a pour over or espresso.

Try it!

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Now Available in all locations of New Seasons Market!

Posted on September 18, 2017 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

Now available in all locations of New Seasons Markets!

Our award winning Pamplona Blend!

A complex blend of coffees from Africa, Mexico and South America with notes of Macadamia Nut, chocolate and cinnamon.

Excellent as a pour over or espresso.

Try it!

Posted in Brazil, caramel, coffee, coffee tasting, espresso, Guatemala Finca Bourbon, Organic, pour over, real good coffee

Willamette Week's Guide to Portland

Posted on September 02, 2017 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

If you haven't yet seen this -

Willamette Week's "Guide to Portland"!

Check it out!

Limited time only

Posted on August 18, 2017 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

To commemorate the upcoming solar eclipse, we have designed a new blend that will eclipse your senses with dark, complex notes of baker's chocolate and spices.
We're calling it our Eclipse Blend! Available for a limited time in a variety of sizes from 2 ounce sample bags to 16 ounce bags.
Available in our shop or via our web site.

Limited time only

Posted on August 18, 2017 by St. Johns Coffee | 0 Comments

To commemorate the upcoming solar eclipse, we have designed a new blend that will eclipse your senses with dark, complex notes of baker's chocolate and spices.
We're calling it our Eclipse Blend! Available for a limited time in a variety of sizes from 2 ounce sample bags to 16 ounce bags.
Available in our shop or via our web site.