Spring. It’s a time of revival and renewal, as warmer and longer days make us feel naturally re-energised and ready to take on the challenges of the year ahead.
And there couldn’t be a more ideal drink for this hopeful new season than a high quality cup of coffee.
It’s naturally reviving
Sometimes just the smell of a coffee is enough to perk us up and we feel instantly revived by our first sip, but it’s the caffeine in coffee that really gives us that get-up-and-go.
Spring is a great time to go for a coffee that really packs a punch, which means you’ll want to seek out those higher caffeine varieties.
It’s difficult to know exactly how much caffeine is in your coffee, as it varies depending on roast, bean type and even brand. A dark roast doesn’t necessarily mean a stronger drink - in fact it’s the opposite.
Lighter roasts such as Jamaican Blue Mountain tend to contain the most caffeine, as the longer roasting processes used for darker beans mean more caffeine is burned off. So if you’re looking for a seriously reviving coffee, go for a lightly roasted but full-bodied, single-origin bean.
You can also increase the caffeine content in your cup by opting for a coffee that’s been brewed for longer. If you’re making a coffee at home, use a traditional drip coffee maker with a filter, which takes around five minutes to brew. Other techniques such as French press or using an espresso machine tend to be quicker, meaning less caffeine.
But remember, moderation is key when it comes to enjoying the benefits of caffeine. Don’t overdo your coffee, no matter how much you love it! Try to stick to no more than three cups a day to stay balanced.
It can help us achieve our goals
We all want to feel great in spring. If you made January resolutions to get healthy or fitter, then you should be really starting to feel the benefits now, and coffee is a great way to keep that momentum going.
For example, did you know that coffee can boost your metabolic rate by between 3 and 10 percent? It can also improve your performance when exercising, as it encourages the body to break down fat and release it as fuel for your workout.
Not only does coffee bring a whole host of physical health benefits, the pick-me-up we get from the caffeine in coffee can seriously boost our psychological motivation too, helping us stick to plans – whether they involve fitness, self-development, education or just getting those chores done.
So if you want to see those New Year resolutions through to summer, coffee could be the key this spring!
There’s a coffee for every season
As the weather makes its transition from wintry cold to summer warmth, you’ll probably find your coffee-drinking habits changing too. You may find you’re no longer craving a long coffee to warm your bones; instead you’re seeking something short and reviving to perk you up and put a spring in your step.
That’s the beauty of coffee – there’s always one (or more) for all seasons!
Our suggestions for the perfect coffee this spring
1. Make it a flat white
It’s the on-trend coffee of the moment and a flat white is a great choice for spring. It’s not heavy or filling like a latte or cappuccino can be, but the ratio of a double shot of coffee topped with a layer of smooth, steamed milk is really satisfying and reviving; ideal for getting you going on those still-dark mornings or to keep you going as early dusk draws in.
2. Go for a light and floral flavour
Light and floral yet full-bodied coffees are just perfect for springtime, when you’re looking for a coffee that’s rich and satisfying but not too overpowering.
Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is ideal for this time of year – lightly roasted and full of flavour. We love to drink Jamaican Blue Mountain on an unhurried spring weekend morning, when we’re up early and have lots of time to sit and savour its perfection. Guaranteed to chase away any lingering winter blues!
3. Take it outdoors
As the weather starts to warm up, why not take the opportunity to take your coffee outdoors? Dust down that patio furniture and enjoy your morning cup with a side order of crisp, spring morning air.
There’s no better way to start the day than with an alfresco coffee, soaking up the tranquillity of the start of a new day. If you’re lucky, you might even catch some springtime birdsong! If it still feels a bit chilly out there, take your favourite blanket out, too. Trust us, it’ll be worth it.