Friday, April 10, 2009

Gotta Lotta Latte

Thirsty Work by ~Deere About six months ago Erin and I got an espresso machine, and our house has never been the same. I keep joking that I’ve become a decent barista. If you look at my counter you might agree, I have syrups in the following flavors:

  • White Chocolate
  • Chocolate
  • Cinnamon Dolce (delicious with white chocolate)
  • Orange (delicious with chocolate, like a chocolate orange)
  • Peppermint
  • Almond (also called Oregot, did you know that)
  • Hazelnut
  • Vanilla
  • Egg Nog
  • Amaretto
  • Cookie Dough
  • Gingerbread (almost out of that, and it’s Rachel’s favorite)
  • Caramel

I have pumps for them and everything. Quick tip, one pump from a spout is 1/4 of a shot (or 1/2 an ounce). So when you’re at Starbucks and they say 5 shots, you’re getting 2 1/2 ounces of sugar there.

Recently I’ve been listening to the Scientific American 60 Second Science podcast. They recently had one titled Caffeine Cuts Workout Plan which has completely reinforced my latte habit.

It turns out that people who drink coffee right before a workout actually have less pain during a workout, this study mentioned bicycling, and are able to exercise longer. In this study a pill equaling 3 cups of caffeine was given to a group of people, and that group had a much better workout. This worked even for people who were heavy coffee drinkers.

So, my venti (20 oz) lattes each day are actually good for me! If only I worked out after drinking one, though I consider wrangling kids and getting them to school counts.

Want to come over for an Iced Mocha or a White Chocolate Cinnamon Dolce Latte? We can walk to Starbucks afterward.

Peace,
Tom

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