Many people love coffee for its special taste, unique aroma and tart aftertaste. Morning coffee, afternoon coffee or a cup of coffee in the evening with friends in a cafe.
The habit of drinking coffee does not have the best effect on health, but we will not talk about the dangers and benefits of coffee, but simply tell you how to make it more fragrant and tasty, neutralizing the possible negative effects of caffeine on the body. There are 7 types of spices that improve the taste of coffee and make it harmless. Some of these spices you have already met in your cups without knowing the reasons, and some – never before.
one of the oldest and most valuable spices in the world! One of its names is “King of Spice”. Arabs put it in the so-called Bedouin coffee (a drink with coffee flavored with cardamom), which is considered a symbol of hospitality, without which no feast or religious celebration can do. Positive effect of cardamom: soothes, strengthens the stomach, stimulates the spleen, green cardamom has a cooling effect (black cardamom has a warming effect). In coffee, cardamom can be added both whole grains and powder (2-3 grains or a pinch of ground per cup).
reduces the acidifying effect of coffee on the body. It is an excellent spice that purifies the blood, enhances blood circulation, has an anti-inflammatory effect and a warming effect. Ayurveda claims that cinnamon helps to overcome colds, tones the nervous system, improves eyesight and creates a great mood. And it also gives the drink an indescribable special aroma. It is because of this that cinnamon is often added to lattes. However, you should not add more than a pinch of this spice to your coffee.
has a calming effect on the nervous system, helps relieve pain and spasms, stimulates the gastrointestinal tract. It also has a warming effect. Adding ginger to coffee softens the negative effects of caffeine, relieves headaches, and improves metabolism. An amazing property of ginger coffee is the elimination of apathy, lethargy, restoration of mental and physical strength. When brewing coffee, you can add a little ground ginger or a small piece of fresh root.
has a pungent, bitter and astringent taste with a sharp aftertaste. According to Ayurveda, it greatly warms the body. By the way, nutmeg is used to treat impotence, sexual disorders. Coffee with nutmeg is a fairly strong tonic. Such a drink strengthens memory and contributes to the normalization of brain activity, treats heart disease. However, do not forget that nutmeg is not recommended for use in large quantities. A small pinch will suffice for a cup of coffee.
- BLACK PEPPER
has a strong cleansing effect on digestion, removes toxins, improves metabolism, stimulates the stomach, is a powerful antiseptic. It is added to hot coffee by 1-2 peas and allowed to brew before use. Coffee with pepper warms, strengthens memory, cleanses the vessels of the brain. In winter, this coffee treats sinusitis, tonsillitis, bronchitis, and has antimicrobial properties. However, you should not drink coffee with pepper during inflammatory processes in the throat.
stimulates circulation and lowers blood pressure. The essential oils contained in it give coffee a special aroma and help reduce the negative effects of caffeine. This spice has a sharp taste, oily, improves digestion. Coffee with cloves stimulates mental work, normalizes cerebral circulation. It is especially useful to add this spice to winter coffee to give it an anti-cold effect. Add one head of cloves to hot coffee and let it brew.
or star anise has an incredible aroma and harmonizes perfectly with the aroma of coffee. Star anise strengthens and calms the nervous system, in combination with hot coffee it helps with colds, cures coughs, helps restore a hoarse or lost voice. Star anise contains essential oils that are used for medical purposes, as well as resins, tannins and sugars, which comprehensively improve well-being, have antispasmodic and carminative effects, and improve stomach function. Not the whole star should be added to coffee, but only a couple of grains.
Ayurveda recommends using different spices at different times of the year. For example, in spring and autumn, it is better to add a mixture of cloves, cardamom, ginger and turmeric to coffee. Such a drink will help restore strength and cope with the flu. In winter, the following combination of spices will be useful: ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, pepper, star anise, orange and nutmeg.