Coffee as Fuel for Exercise

You’ve probably already noticed that at Bully Brew we believe coffee is a miraculous thing. It’s a super hero disguised as a bean!! Coffee can do some many things for you and it has a lot of health benefits when consumed in reasonable amounts….we know the “reasonable amounts” part can be hard; but we are here to help!!

One of the somewhat hidden superpowers of coffee is the abilities it has to help improve your metabolism and serve as a fuel for exercise. I came upon this tidbit of information earlier this year when I was reading some articles online about the best foods to eat pre and post run when I was training for a race. Nutrition is always tricky and I felt like I was hearing a lot of different messages when it came to what was best to eat to get my body ready for exercise. I was surprised (PLEASANTLY surprised!!) to see coffee on the list.

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Coffee not only helps to give you a boost before your workout from an energy standpoint and caffeine: it also can help to activate your metabolism and bump up the fat-burning mechanisms in your body prior to exercising. This will allow your body to kick into fat-burning mode faster and increasing that potential throughout your workout.

Those of you that are folks who prefer to exercise in the early AM are probably more than open to giving a cup of coffee a shot before you hit the gym or start your run/yoga/bike ride, etc. This will help you to get in a good mindset as your prepare to stimulate your body through exercise and help you feel even more motivated and ready to get after the day! One cup prior to your workout may have you feeling like you’re missing that cup of coffee as you get ready for work or first get to the office….

In this case  I would say the more the merrier 🙂 Pour yourself a second cup because coffee also is a positive thing to drink AFTER a workout because it can help to lessen the likelihood of extreme muscle soreness.

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Others (myself included) may tend to plan their workouts for after work or in the evening depending on your schedule. Typically I attend something like a spin class or other exercise class following work a couple of days per week. At first I found it really odd to prepare a mug of coffee at the end of the work day but once I started the habit I love the way it has improved my feelings and performance during my workouts. I usually enjoy a hot cup of coffee on my drive to the studio or gym. Then when I hop on my spin bike or get my shoes laced up I am starting to feel the effects of the caffeine and the energy level. I have found that when I fuel myself with coffee prior to my class or workout I get more out of it. I feel focused and my body feels in peak condition and ready to work hard!

I hope you’ll consider giving some coffee a try prior to your next workout! If the first time feels strange give it a try for awhile and I believe that after a few attempts you will be in the same boat as me! Thanks for reading and we will be back again soon with some more coffee-loving wisdom

With love and coffee,

Bully Brew

Coffee Makes You Poop.

There are may amazing benefits of drinking coffee, but have you ever found yourself needing to use the bathroom after a few cups? Here’s why:

Coffee naturally helps in stimulating contractions in the stomach and colon. These contractions therefore stimulate movement in the colon and ~voila~!

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Along with colon contractions, coffee also makes the gallbladder release bile into the intestines, causing increased bowel movement, and once again ~voila~!

Believe it or not, it’s not the caffeine in coffee that increases our urge to find the nearest restroom after we finish a latte. Drinking a can of pop just doesn’t have the same effect.

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Although there isn’t extensive research into the relationship between coffee and pooping, it is believed that it is the acid in coffee more than the caffeine or other factors that make us gotta go!

Coffee also releases a hormone called gastrin, which releases acid (bile) into the intestine.

According to some research, the effect decreases over time the more coffee you drink.

GOOD NEWS!

This just means that you can come in to Bully Brew, order an in-house mug or latte or mocha or whatever you please, use our bathroom, and continue on with your day.

So there you gave it, the simple unknown science of why coffee makes you poop.

With love and coffee,

Bully Brew ♥

Coffee Brewing Methods

Have you ever wondered about the different ways coffee can be brewed? Before becoming a barista, I never knew half of these existed. For this reason, I would like to share with you some of the ways we brew coffee here at Bully Brew!

BUNN COFFEE MAKER:

At Bully Brew, this is our basic coffee-maker. It is an auto drip that we use to brew our coffees of the day. We use 1.5 cups of regular grind coffee for light, flavor, and decaf roasts, and 2 cups for dark roast. Add beans to a paper filter and place in the brew basket. This process takes roughly 4 minutes for each pot of coffee.

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ESPRESSO MACHINE:

The espresso machine we use is semi-automatic. Fully automatic would mean that the machine itself grinds and measures the espresso before pulling the shot, but at Bully Brew, you may have notice that we have a separate machine where we flip a switch to grind our espresso before we pull a lever to release it into our portafilter. We then attach the portafilter to the grouphead of the espresso machine where we can choose to pull (brew) 1 or 2 shots into the cup!

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COLD BREW:

Cold brew is a fairly simple, yet time-consuming brewing method. It requires a Toddy, 3 pounds of coarse ground beans, cloth filter ( to hold 3+ pounds of coffee), and about 20 hours’ time! Put the ground coffee into the large cloth filter and tie it shut. Submerge the bag in 10 quarts of cold water and “massage” the bag to ensure all the beans are soaked. Massage again after an hour. Leave to brew for 20 hours. Remove cloth filter (make sure to wring it out so you get every drop!) and add equal parts cold water. I forgot to snap a picture of our cold brew system, so here is one from Google:

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FRENCH PRESS:

For the longest time, I was intimidated by the French Press. Now that I know how to use it, I wish I would have started years ago! Start by measuring out 3-4 tablespoons of your favorite course-ground coffee. Put into the French Press and add 16 oz boiling water. Put the lid on it and set a timer for 4 minutes. When time is up… Press it and enjoy!

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POUR OVER:

I am so happy I was introduced to pour over coffee!! It takes a few minutes to make, but it is definitely worth it. Start with 3 tablespoons of coarse ground coffee. Add to a wet filter and place into ceramic filter holder. Set equipment on a sale and tare to zero. For the first pour, slowly pour boiling water over beans until scale reads 2.1 oz and let drip. Pour again once previous drip is complete until scale reads 5.3 oz and let drip. Repeat to 8.8 oz, and repeat again for final pour until scale reads 12.3 oz. Enjoy your deliciously smooth cup of java.

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The best way to make any of these brews is to get into your car and get to your nearest Bully Brew Coffee and let us do it for you.

There are many other ways to brew coffee, and you may have had them before! Although we do not use these methods at Bully Brew, it is still fun to learn about! Follow this link for more information on brewing methods.

 

With love and coffee,

Bully Brew ♥

 

Coffee on Vacation

One of my favorite things about traveling is trying out coffee shops that are local to the area.

I was recently on a storm chasing class trip through the Southern Plains, and one of the teaching assistants is ~almost~ as obsessed with coffee as I am. After driving from Grand Forks to Lawton, Oklahoma in 1 day (20 hours in a van with 7 other people), we were dying for a decent cup of coffee that wasn’t from a gas station. We ended up Seymour, Texas that next afternoon. While we were waiting for storms to start firing in the area, the TA and I were in desperate need of caffeine (it had been roughly 6 hours since the last gas station coffee). BEHOLD. In this tiny Texas town we were in, there was a coffee shop! Triple T. Latte!

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I wish I could remember what exactly it was I ordered, but it was amazing. I know it was chocolatey! And even though it was nearing 90 degrees this particular afternoon, I drank my hot -whatever it was- out in the sun while my classmates and I played football behind the building. Such a great memory. If you are ever in Seymour, Texas be sure to check out this hidden gem.

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The next place I want to re-visit is 5th Ave Coffee Company and 6th Ave Diner in Naples, Florida.

For Spring Break 2017, my family and I took a trip to Florida. I fell in love with the city of Naples! Later in the evening one night, my dad and I were both ready for some coffee, so we walked around the block and found 5th Ave Coffee Company! I ordered a simple vanilla latte, and I believe my dad ordered a mocha (white mocha??). One of the best I ever had. I vividly remember how friendly the lady was who took our order. She was intrigued that we were from North Dakota.

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Bad Ass Coffee Company is Naples was another one of my family’s favorites. I don’t remember exactly what I ordered, but it was iced with raspberry and dark chocolate. Once we ordered our drinks, we headed down to the beach and enjoyed the ocean breeze before the day became too hot.

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If you ever take a trip to the Cities, be sure to check out Groundswell in St. Paul. Before departing to FL for spring break, a couple of my friends and I were in the Cities for a concert. Earlier in the afternoon before the concert, we thought it would be fun to drive around and try local places. One place we stopped was Groundswell Coffee, and I fell in love. The atmosphere was so comfortable, especially for college students with the U of M. On the particular day we were there, we enjoyed our muffins and coffee and watched the snow slowly fall.

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The next time you are on a vacation or weekend getaway, make sure you try out some local coffee shops in the area and show them some love, just like you show Bully Brew your love!

With love and Coffee,

Bully Brew ♥

Chicago Coffee Fest Recap

** CHICAGO Coffee Fest ~ June 7-11, 2017 **

Bully Brew managers had a great time in Chicago this month learning everything they could about coffee and tea! Us baristas had our fun as well… Join us along this photo journey through Coffee Fest and shenanigans at the coffee shop!

 

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It is 2 a.m. and our managers are heading to Chicago!

(Left to Right: Sarah S., Kelly W., Rihana D., Brittany K., Sandi L.)

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They made it to Coffee Fest! Little did they know us baristas were “brewing” up some fun of our own back at the coffee houses…

 

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Cold brew competition?? They didn’t even need to enter because it would be embarrassing to the other contestants. Bully Brew has the best cold brew, hands down.

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Speaking of Bully Brew having the best cold brew, while our managers were away, we decided to have a BOGO 1/2 off discount on cold brew and specialty drinks, as well as a large cold brew for $2 on Friday 😉 😉

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After a long day of coffee education, it was time for sightseeing and shots of something other than espresso…

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And another for Brittany just for good measure!

 

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When bosses aren’t in charge at the coffee shops, they like to break the rules.

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As the Coffee Fest continued, Kelly became a bit over-caffeinated and began thinking she could dance!

 

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Us baristas didn’t think having a BOGO was enough fun while our superiors were out having their own fun, so we decided to show them that we could take charge and practically give away in-house coffee.

 

Our managers learned a ton of cool stuff this year at Coffee Fest that they brought back to the coffee shop. On their way home, they made sure to stop by UP Coffee Roasters in Minneapolis to show some love!

 

STORIES FROM COFFEE FEST:

Kelly liked leaning how to more effectively communicate with employees. One way that she found interesting was by telling the employee something good, then explain the bad, but reinforce the good. By doing this, the employee does not feel attacked or singled out, but also knows there is something that needs improvement.

Rihana found it most interesting that all kinds of tea come from only 2 types of plants. The difference between the many different varieties of teas is the part of the plant that is used, as well as how the plant is harvested and used!

Until next time, Coffee Fest!

With love and coffee,

Bully Brew ♥

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Dad’s day!

Dad’s are not always easy to shop for, I think we can all agree. I always get my dad the same thing each year (huge bag of peanut M&Ms) but he really doesn’t need that! In this edition of the #bullybrewblog we will help you with finding the perfect gift for the dad in your life!

  1. Coffee

Coffee is always a good idea. If your dad is a coffee drinker, a fresh bag of beans is perfect for him! Also, last chance for Monday bean special at Bully Brew before Father’s  day is tomorrow!

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2. Coffee Mug

Well it can be pretty hard to have a nice cup of coffee without a coffee mug! Have the little ones stop into BB this week to decorate a mug for dad to give him an extra special gift. If you aren’t into decorating, buy the biggest one you can find at the store and pair it with a pound of his favorite beans.

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3. Bully Brew Gift Card

If your dad is anything like mine, he is always on the go and needs a quick pic-me-up. Look no further! A gift card to Bully Brew gift card is perfect and fits nicely inside of a card.

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4. Socks

This may seem silly, but if your dad is on his feet all day, he probably has thin or hole-y socks! I love getting my dad socks because it reminds me of little kids opening a Christmas present to find socks and underwear and they have this priceless look on their face. Agree? It might be weird if you buy your father underwear, so maybe stick to socks. These socks are great, and on sale!

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5. Books

If your dad likes to read, a great gift would be some new reads! Here are a few he might like so take a peek! Dads deserve some down-time, so a nice book and some coffee is sure to make him happy.

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6. Apparel

If you are looking for a gift that is a bit more personalized, Etsy is an amazing website to look into! This shirt is super 😉 Many sellers on the site will personalize with any phrase you wish, just check the description of the item!

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7. Beard Stuff

Lots of dads have beards. If yours is one of those dads, get him some beard stuff! It is easy to find beard kits online. Some items might include a trimmer, a wax or paste of some sort, a comb, or some oils! 24073_1_1200px.jpg

8. Grilling Book

Is your dad the grill master? Not yet? Get him a grilling cookbook! There are several varieties you can find in-store and online. Maybe this could be his hint to make something other than burned hamburgers! (delicious and perfect burned burgers.. we love you dad)

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with love and coffee,

Bully Brew ♥

Motherly Advice

We hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day, whether you were celebrating or being celebrated! This week we would like to look at some of the best advice our Facebook friends have gotten from their mother!

We asked our friends on Facebook to post a picture of them with their mom and the best advice she has given them. Nancy Darlene was our winner!

“One of the best pieces of advice my Mom gave me was to take time for myself and my husband, away from the kids. Nurture the relationship and the kids will be blessed in return.”

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Great Advice!

Here is more motherly advice:

“Say what I’m feeling, even if others don’t like it” – Kaylie Davidson

“Whatever life sends you meet it head on” – Amanda Wixo Filipy

“Always trust my gut” – Katy Corbiel

“An education is the best weapon” – Lindsey Anderson

“When you want to give up take a break, drink some coffee and eat a cupcake then try it again and when all else fails just call mom” – Melissa Krause Haskins

Moms are such a blessing in our lives. As I type this, my mom is texting me and helping me figure out a payment plan on my student loans. She could be asleep, or enjoying time with my younger sister who is home for the summer, or she could be enjoying time all to herself, yet she chooses to help me with my finances on a Sunday night.

My mom and grandma are my best friends. No matter how many times I mess up, no matter if I win or lose, no matter if I’m happy or in tears, they are always there for me. My mom will send me random messages at night of pictures of my cats in her bed, and my grandma will text (try to text) me and ask me how life is in college and what I’m doing right now and next week.

The best advise my grandma gave my mom, who in turn gave to me, was that everything always works itself out in the end. Every time I feel overwhelmed in a situation and I feel trapped or lost, I can hear those words in my mind. I have always found those words to be true!

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Moms never get a day off from being a mom. Mothers Day is a very special day dedicated to the mothers and motherly figures in our lives so that we can thank them for everything they have done!

 

Thank you, Moms.

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With love and coffee,

Bully Brew ♥