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[Originally published June 10, 2012]

CBS News is reporting just this week that new research shows drinking about 3 cups of coffee each day might hold off Alzheimer’s for older adults experiencing memory impairment.  The study looked at adults aged 65 to 88 with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), a condition which can progress into Alzheimer’s within a few years.

Examining and comparing blood caffeine levels among the participants, researchers were able to identify a “critical level” of caffeine needed to provide the protective benefits.  Participants that converted to Alzheimer’s within two to four years had lower blood caffeine than other participants with MCI that hadn’t progressed.  The study author noted that this suggests that older adults with mild memory impairment who drink moderate levels of coffee, about 3 cups a day, could experience a substantial delay before Alzheimer’s onset.  The author, whose study was published in a medical journal just this month, cautioned that they are not suggesting coffee will completely protect people from the condition, adding that moderate consumption may delay Alzheimer’s onset.

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We love coffee and everyone loves a burger – so how about a recipe that combines both! We found this recipe on www.supermarketguru.com and we can’t wait to try it. When you do, please leave a post on our Facebook page to tell us how it turned out.

The recipe makes 8 large or 12 small burgers.

2 lbs 85% ground beef
½ red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 teaspoons ground coffee
2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons crushed breadcrumbs or matzo meal
1 egg
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Lightly mix all the ingredients in a large bowl, blending the mixture evenly but loosely.
2. Form into patties. Grill or fry.

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This recipe comes to us from Douwe Egberts, one of our favorite coffee brands.

  1. Pour one cup of freshly brewed Douwe Egberts coffee into a blender.
  2. Add 2 scoops of vanilla ice cream, 1 tablespoon of chocolate and hazelnut spread and a handful of ice cubes.
  3. Blend for 15 seconds on full power. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with a small amount of chopped nuts.

Serve with a straw and enjoy!

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1. Coffee seeds are contained in bright red berries. The berries grow on trees that are cultivated to stay under 10 feet high.

2. Coffee beans are hand-picked and  workers are trained to spot the ripe berries.

3. Coffee was first brought to Europe in the 1600’s, via Italy’s ports. It was initially a drink only for the wealthy.

4. Coffee became popular as coffee houses began to appear across Europe.

5. Coffee was an alternative to alcohol, which was often banned in some places.

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Douwe Egberts has been producing and selling coffee for more than 250 years. Because you should get the most from your coffee experience, here are some tips straight from Douwe Egberts for making the perfect cup of coffee every time.

Hints and Tips for Perfect Coffee

. Start with a clean coffee maker.
. Rinse the coffee pot well before you start.
. Use fresh water.
. Use the right grind: medium ground for French press; finely ground for filter and espresso machines.
. Ensure that the ground coffee is equally distributed within the filter area.
. Use water just off the boil.
. Use an opened pack of coffee within 2 weeks of opening. After opening, reseal the pack and store in a cool, dry location.
. Coffee is at its most delicious directly after being brewed. Serve coffee immediately to enjoy its full rich flavor and aroma.
. Use a clean mug or cup to serve the coffee.

As always, Enjoy Better Coffee!

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We now have Dutch Bakery Stroopwafels. The tasty Dutch treat is made of 2 thin waffles with a thin layer of caramel syrup holding them together. They are divine warmed -either by setting the cookie on top of your mug for a few minutes or placing it for 10 seconds in the microwave. (They can also be eaten straight from the bag!) We have 2 flavors – made with butter or with margarine. Try them today!

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If you think that drinking green tea seems to clear your head, you may not be imagining it. A food research journal has recently published results suggesting that the natural properties of green tea affect the generation of new brain cells linked to memory and spatial learning. We have previously shared studies that documented the benefits of green tea, including strong bones and teeth and it potential in fighting prostate cancer. While many studies have focused on disease prevention, this study suggests that chemical properties in tea may impact cellular mechanisms in the brain. Although mice were used in this study, it is possible that green tea could eventually help with memory problems in humans.

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