A weak harvest is causing coffee shortages, driving up prices

Peter Valencia

Prices for arabica coffee beans — the ones we use here at Sumato, also the most popular type used at coffee shops — are driving up prices.The reason? Historic droughts in Central and South America.“I’ve been growing coffee more than 50 years, and I’ve never seen as bad a drought as the one last year and this year,” third-generation Brazilian farmer Christina Valle told the Wall Street Journal. Agricultural officials say that Brazil is expected to churn out 15 million fewer bags than last year. Those bags typically carry over 100 pounds of coffee each.

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A Secret Weapon for Your Coffee is on Your Spice Rack

Peter Valencia

It's in every household spice rack: cinnamon. The spice's anti-inflammatory effects and with recent research showing that it can help lower cholesterol and blood sugar could help add an extra kick to any well-rounded diet. According to BBC Good Food, it has six main benefits: Anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal properties Antioxidants that help with aid with anti-inflammation Prebiotic, that helps with gut health (not to be confused with probiotics) Reducing blood pressure Lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels Reliving digestive discomfort But what type of cinnamon should you buy? There's two main types: Ceylon cinnamon...

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Sumato Coffee Explains: Why you should be eating coffee beans (but with a warning…)

Peter Valencia

It’s an intriguing, but typically acquired taste. But is it more than a food fad?

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Sumato Coffee Explains: How Long Do Coffee Beans Stay Fresh?

Peter Valencia

It’s one of the most common questions asked after cleaning out your pantry.  Are these coffee grounds left tucked in the back still good?  The answer is — well — complicated.  A lot of store-bought beans have preservatives and air-tight packaging allowing coffee to stay usable for an expanded shelf-life, sometimes years-long… but you’ll quickly notice the difference. Sumato believes that coffee is best brewed within 14 days from the roasting date.  Why?  Expert opinion shows the roasted coffee beans begin to stale around the two-week mark. Much of the flavor deteriorates shortly afterwards, especially if you prefer darker roasts...

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Top 5 French Presses for Your Home or Office

Peter Valencia

As our lives transition back into the workplace, we're rounding up our favorite French Presses that you can take to the office or into the (new-for-you) home office.  Ben's Recommendation: Bodum ChambordAn OG — a classic. French designed with stainless steel. It's timeless elegance that can brew your finely coursed ground coffee in just four minutes. (Amazon, $36) Bodum ColumbiaThis fully steel carafe pot has thermal capabilities, keeping drinks hotter. Available in two sizes — 17oz and 34oz — so you can decide if you want coffee for one or two (or sharing with the family.) (Amazon, $54/$71) Stanley Classic Travel PressA two-in-one solution....

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Caffeine from your cup: A tool in your workout arsenal

Peter Valencia

Could the superpower from your cup of coffee serve as an effective pre-workout regimen? As it turns out, it definitely can help you with your fitness goals. Speed & AgilityIf you're looking for something that can give you a little more oomph during your endurance exercises — think swimming and running — a 2017 study found that "caffeine has the most pronounced performance-enhancing effects on movement velocity"  Reduces Muscle Pain and StiffnessAnother study published in the last decade discovered those who had been treated to caffeine were more likely to report less soreness during days two and three of recovery...

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