Coffee and Gaming
It’s 3:00 a.m. and you are gaming with two friends who are both gaining more points than you are. You have to be at work by 9:00 a.m., but you don’t want to be the loser. What do you need? A cappuccino or a lattee would be nice, but a quick cup of Joe will do. The best way to quench your desire for a hot caffeinated beverage is right at home, and I personally only use a french press coffee maker. It’s worth the extra few minutes and extra steps to have a truly fine java that I make myself.
The difference between brewing with a drip style and a press are well defined. What the gamer will be interested in knowing is that with the latter, the coffee brewer (you) controls the strength of each cup. The press uses a coarser grind, and you can allow the coffee to brew for a longer time. The water for the press is brought to a boil before being added, making that all-important first cup piping hot, which is desirable for coffee drinkers.
A cup of black pressed coffee can taste almost like an espresso. You might even see a crema on the surface, the fine layer of bean oil. If you foam up some milk and spoon it on top, it is as close to a cappuccino as anything else.
World’s Most Consumed Drink
Coffee became popular in America after the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Because of the desire for the Colonists to make the break with England, choosing a cup of coffee rather than a cup of tea was viewed as being very patriotic.
In the 1960’s, I can only remember the brand of Folgers coffee being sold in the grocery stores. I remember the loud bubbling of my parent’s percolator on the kitchen counter every morning. The aroma during the brewing processing would waft into my bedroom and that was the very first smell of the day.
Today, there isn’t a small or large city without a well-known coffee house serving dozens of coffee beverages. Stores take up half an aisle for hundreds of coffees, whole bean and ground from all over the world. We have instant, drip grinds from fine to coarse, single cup coffees, and decaf choices.
Coffee’s Many Benefits
Two great things are in our favorite drink, caffeine and antioxidents! That means wake up and stay up on the first, and battle the free radicals with the second. Magnesium and Calcium are two nutrients found in coffee. Some studies suggest coffee as being preventative medicine for Parkinson’s Disease, strokes, Basil Cell Carcinomas, and may lower the risk of Type II Diabetes.
It’s even been studied as a possible antidepressant, which makes sense to me…rarely do I see sad people chugging coffee, they are usually talking rapidly and smiling…a lot! So gamers, keep pressing the coarse grinds and enjoy your favorite drink…you might even play with more of an edge!