5 Reasons to Celebrate National Coffee Day!


  1. Boosts Energy

There is no hiding the fact that a cup of jo will wake you up in the morning but have you ever wondered why? According to Gunnars, it has to do with the fact that coffee contains three prominent psychoactive substances! The most commonly known is caffeine but theobromine and chlorogenic acid are also active compounds in coffee that have a stimulant effect and can help with those tired mornings.

In particular, caffeine blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain called adenosine then releases neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine. The result is heightened alertness and stamina to get you through your day!

  1. Increases Metabolism

Without a doubt, caffeine is the most commercialized ingredient in coffee, but it is not because of the taste. Studies show that caffeine can increase individuals metabolic rate by 3-11 percent depending on the amount ingested. Larger doses have a stronger effect, but it is vital to control consumption as individuals can become tolerant.

Tolerance also depends on the person and is typically less prominent in obese or older individuals and more notable in younger individuals. Interestingly, most of the increase in metabolism is due to a rise in the burning of fat which leads to the next underlying reason to indulge!

  1. Mobilizes Fat

That’s right caffeine burns fat! It stimulates the nervous system, which sends direct signals to the fat cells to tell them to break down fat.

Ultimately, caffeine increases adrenaline in the bloodstream which breaks down the fat tissue and releases it into the blood. This process mobilizes fat from the fat tissues and makes it available for use as free fatty acids in the blood!

  1. Prevents Disease

The health benefits don’t stop there. Research shows that drinking coffee can help prevent a variety of diseases. For instance, researchers at the University of Georgia have discovered that the chlorogenic acid compound found in coffee may help prevent some of the damaging effects of obesity. Previous studies have also shown that coffee consumption may lower the risk for chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Shockingly, those are only to name a few. Caffeine intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s disease and the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. It’s no wonder why coffee is so popular!

  1. Administers Happiness

With that said, the final reason why coffee is so renowned is since it acts as a mild antidepressant by aiding in the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline. A study done by the Harvard School of Public Health determined that drinking between two and four cups of coffee can reduce the risk of suicide in men and women by about 50 percent.

Another study done by the National Institute of Health found that those who drink four or more cups of coffee were about 10 percent less likely to be depressed than those who had never touched the java. Study author, Honglei Chen, states that the proposed reason coffee makes you feel good is those trusty antioxidants!

Therefore, there are no excuses not to celebrate International Coffee Day!

So what should you do next?

Have a cup of coffee and reap the benefits that it has on the human body today!

Every Office Needs Good Coffee — Enter to Win!


Ah, the sweet smell of coffee in the morning. It’s usually already hanging in the air when I arrive at the office, but today I don’t detect our signature scent.

Office Misadventure Team Drinking Coffee

I head toward the break room to switch on the coffee machine, and that’s when I see Andy. Sweat is rolling down his forehead, he’s got his sleeves rolled up and the coffee machine is broken into a million little pieces.

“Rough morning, Andy?” I ask as I put a hand on his shoulder. He jumps, startled by my presence.

“Rona!” he shouts in surprise. “You scared me. I’m a little… on edge this morning.”

“You don’t say?” I respond with mock sarcasm. Poor Andy. If ever he needed a cup of coffee, it seems it would be now.

“I hate to say it, but I think the coffee maker is about to meet it’s final resting place,” he tells me. “I fixed it last week, but my old tricks aren’t working.”

Now, I’m the one sweating. We have no room in our budget this month for a new coffee maker, and our office runs on 50% hard work and 50% good coffee. It’s only 8:30AM, but if we don’t have coffee when others start trickling in around 9AM, I fear a riot.

I’m about to enter panic mode when I remember something. “I have just the answer!” I respond, rushing to my office to grab this month’s Office Plus flyer. In a flash, I’m back at the break room. Now, both Andy and I look like we’ve run a marathon. We’re sweaty, we both need a coffee and we dread being the bearers of bad news about the broken coffee machine.

I open the flyer to page six and point at the Breakroom Upgrade feature. “All we have to do is go to www.play4fun.ca/monthly and enter to win a new coffee machine!” I say enthusiastically to Andy.

Coffee Contest September 2014

“Do you really think we can win it?” he asks with a smirk.

“Why not?!” I respond. “We’re due for a little good luck.”

“Let’s do it!” Andy says, snatching the flyer from my hands and excitedly running over to his computer. I follow him, we open the web browser and within a minute, we’ve entered to win a much needed (and seriously upgraded) coffee machine.

“But we still have to break the bad news to everyone…” I start, as I smell our office’s signature scent wafting in. It’s fresh coffee!

Martha rounds the corner with a tray of paper cups. “Anyone in the mood for a cup of joe?” she asks with a smile.

Andy and I are like kids in a candy store. We take our cups with gratitude, and ask Martha just how she knew about the coffee machine.

“I tried to pre-set it last night. I usually have it auto-brewed for us when we come in. But the thing just wouldn’t work!” Martha says as Andy and I sip our sweet, sweet coffees. We nod in agreement with her, familiar with the frustration of finding an out-of-order coffee machine.

“Thank-you, Martha.” I say. “You have no idea how much we need this right now.”

Today, we’ll enjoy our coffee. And tomorrow, we’ll all be bringing a thermos to work. With a little luck, though, we’ll be brewing from our brand new coffee machine by next month!

If your office needs a new coffee machine as much as we do, enter to win here. Or, maybe leave it off your to-do list. If we’re the only office that enters, I like our odds…