But first, coffee

The weather has finally decided to put off its guard and get wintry; while our bodies have started to demand a warm and soothing cup of coffee.

It’s fascinating to know that coffee has its origins in the 16thcentury and It is driven from the Italian caffe, the Turkish kahve, and the Arabic qahweh.

It is one of the most sought-after drinks in the world since it is prepared and presented in many ways (e.g., espresso, French press, café latte, etc.).

The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century, in Yemen’s Sufi monasteries. Coffee beans were first traded from Karachi to Yemen.

Coffee is increasingly consumed in the west. On the contrary, our Pakistani culture gives chai the greatest priority since we know little about the blessings of coffee.

Few of the benefits of including coffee in your regimen comprises the antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that it holds which can improve your health significantly.

First things first, coffee burns fat! Several studies show that caffeine quantities present in a coffee can boost metabolic rate by 3-11%. Other studies show that caffeine can specifically increase the burning of fat, by as much as 10% in obese people and 29% in lean people. Coffee protects you from several diseases, namely Alzheimer’s, type II diabetes and some types of cancer.

Nevertheless, coffee can actually make you smarter. Controlled trials in humans have shown improved various aspects of brain function. This includes memory, mood, vigilance, energy levels, reaction times and general cognitive functions.

Bottom line: Coffee keeps you happy, healthy and productive!

Now that you can’t stay put to get a delectable cup for yourself: it shouldn’t surprise you that a regular cup of coffee is availed for around Rs200-700 at the fancy looking local cafés. On the other hand, you can make great savings by deciding to prepare it on your own at home or at the office.

So let’s learn this simple and luscious art of making a decent cup of coffee and not delay it any further.

Ingredients:

1-2 teaspoon Coffee

Sugar as per taste but preferably 1 teaspoon

One cup boiling water/milk

Method:

Add coffee and sugar to your favorite coffee cup. Now add a teaspoon of water and stir to make a paste. Keep beating the paste-add water if required-until the mixture changes its color to caramel. Finally, add hot water or milk and voilà your perfect cup of coffee is ready to drink in minutes!

(Note: the recipe is for one cup of coffee)

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