The Coffee's in the Bag
You hear the buzz of the grinder and the clack of the lever dispensing ground goodness... You notice the muffled scream of the steam circulating through the creamy milk and you watch how the steam-wand-master calculates perfect temperature for the perfect pour... Your mouth salivates as the aroma of the freshly extracted elixir hits your olfactory cilia (nose hairs)... Your entire body is yearning for the first taste of your morning coffee. COFFEE! Yes! We all know its distinct smell and flavour. Some call it bitter, some acidic, and others smooth... But where did it come from, this bean of life? We all know the Ethiopian legend of goat herder Kaldi as one that has the origin of coffee laced with mysticism and lore. Kaldi discovered the effects of coffee berries when his goats became overly excited and unable to sleep at night after eating berries from an unknown tree. Kaldi then tried some of these mysterious berries and experienced a similar invigorating reaction to them. Then some monks wised onto them to make staying up for late night worship easier (we all know what that's like- downing a coffee and trying to nut out that project or assignment before the deadline, right?). -Coffee makes the world go around, the world go around, the world go around. Umm, Larry it's 'Money' makes the world go around...But good point anyway.- So, what do we love about coffee? Is it the flavour, the energy kick or the multiple health benefits? Coffee has about 1000 chemical compounds, including antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals. Coffee also has a selection of B vitamins to aid in healthy energy levels and cell metabolism. Coffee boasts a plethora of health benefits that you can read up on here.
Aside from the many great things coffee does for your insides it also does wonders for your outsides- your skin! At Harry + Larrys we are saddled with plenty of fresh coffee grind everyday. Most goes into composts or are used for garden revival but for the rest we've dried 'em and bagged 'em for you to take home. Use them as you wish - we've compiled a few suggestions below.* Use this easy body scrub mix as a base and add essential oils or brown sugar to spice up your life. Easy body scrub base
8 Tbsp Ground coffee
5-6 Tbsp Coconut oil - or almond, olive, sesame, grapeseed, or jojoba (which never goes rancid). You can play with the quantities to attain the desired abrasiveness.
Here are some aromatic suggestions: 1. Post Work Out Scrub may aid in soothing muscle tension and speeding up muscle recovery
Add 5-10 drops of Peppermint essential oil 3-4 Tbsp Epsom salts
2. Sleep Time Scrub may help you wind down and calm the nervous system
Add 5-10 drops (total) of Lavender and/or Rose Geranium essential oil 3-4 Tbsp Brown Sugar
3. Morning Buzz Scrub may help perk you right up, clear your sinuses and give you a fresh start to the day
Add 5-10 drops (total) of Lemon and/or Rosemary essential oil Why not chuck in some fresh rosemary from your garden, if you have any?
4. Afternoon Delight Scrub may give you another round of energy during that post lunch time slump
Add 5-10 drops (total) of Grapefruit and/or Orange essential oil 3-4 Tbsp Brown Sugar 5. Cell-u-later Scrub may reduce the appearance of cellulite and smooth the skin Add 10 drops (total) of Cedarwood, Grapefruit, Juniper, Lavender or Lemon essential oil Add 3-4 Tbsp Brown Sugar 6. Coffoot Scrub may give you baby feet
5 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
3 drops Thyme Oil - the BEST oil coming into winter. Even massaging a drop into your feet at night before bed can help boost your immune system and ward off winter illnesses.** Remember to:
- always do a patch test first and make sure you don't have any reactions. Seek medical attention if reactions occur or persist. - be sure to avoid touching your eyes or other sensitive parts of your body during and after use - if contact with eyes occurs, rinse thoroughly and seek medical attention - do not ingest, even though it may be hard not to because it smells delicious - store in a cool dark place and use up in approx. 1-2 weeks. For longer shelf life store in the fridge. Keep away from sunlight and moisture. How to: - get naked in the shower or bath and wet/wash your body. Apply a handful of the scrub to the target area and get scrubbing in circular motions. No need to apply a lot of pressure, even the smallest amount of pressure activates the lymphatic system flushing out toxins. Let the scrub infuse your skin for a few minutes and then rinse off. When out of the shower or bath, pat yourself dry with a soft towel and enjoy your post scrub glow. If you aren't interested in a body scrub you can also make coffee scented candles to liven up your home atmosphere. Check out this video by eHow that shows you how to re-use old candles you've been storing for a year like me.
Don't like scrubs and candles? More things to do with your coffee grind: 1. Deter your cats from sleeping in or ripping up the roots in your pot plants by sprinkling some on the top soil. 2. Sprinkle a little on your garden bed as a slow release fertiliser. 3. Add a small amount to your compost or worm farms for a hit of nitrogen. 4. Deter insects from indoor plants by mixing some into the top soil- caffeine is an all natural pest repellent. 5. Coffee absorbs all sorts of odours so put some in the fridge (in a container of course), bathroom, potty room, kitchen etc. 6. Use as a hair exfoliant to remove build up of hair products. There are so many uses! Have a play. -Coffee, coffee, coffee, must be funny in a rich man's world. Again Larry, it's Money, money, money, but STILL good point.- Stay safe out there! Written by Ashton L K. *Disclaimer: we do not take any responsibility for glowing skin, or otherwise, so please proceed with caution and care. **Disclaimer: Thyme oil is not a suitable replacement for social distancing and practising good hygiene, but it has anti-fungal and anti-septic properties, just sayin'.