DRINKING COFFEE in environmental conservation

As one of the most widely consumed beverages and appreciated in Italy and around the world, it is very important to learn to drink coffee while respecting the environment.
The consumption of coffee capsules is now widespread habit and even Italians seem to have abandoned the use of the good old coffee pot. In fact, with this system you can make coffee in a few seconds and the quality does not appear to be affected.

A recent survey showed that coffee not only was the drink most loved by Italians, but, regarding the use of the capsules, occurred precisely a considerable increase in consumption compared with traditional methods. For most it is now a true daily ritual that is impossible to give up. L ‘favorite flavor is the classic one, although very popular tastes seem to ginseng and hazelnut. Obviously there is always someone who does not mind to “correct” the coffee with a small addition of liquor. Among the spirits most popular, in the head are the grappa, brandy and rum.

This boom in consumption, on the other hand gave rise to the problem of recycling of coffee capsules.
Currently, there are mainly two types of capsules: those in aluminum and plastic ones (although recently started the production of capsules made with biodegradable materials). E ‘need to remember, though, that these objects are not considered as packages, so they can not fall into the collection but must be disposed of in the rubbish.
Only a small amount of coffee capsules is subtracted from the garbage and is reused as a material for creative recycling (for example, costume jewelry, decorations for bags, sandals and belts or other accessories for domestic use).
All the rest is destined to landfills and incinerators. Nationally talking about huge amounts of plastic and aluminum to be disposed of every day.

PLASTIC CAPSULES ARE THOSE MOST COMMON, BECAUSE THE PLASTIC IS A MATERIAL THAT ENSURES THE QUALITY AND SHELF LIFE OF COFFEE. UNFORTUNATELY, BUT ARE THOSE WHO OWN MORE HARMFUL EFFECTS, IN VIEW OF THE LARGE QUANTITY TO GET OVER.

Regarding the aluminum caps, however, it is possible to retrieve small pieces of material to reuse. In fact, the aluminum capsule is 100% recyclable. The problem is that not everyone has the patience to extract capsule to capsule and throw it in the appropriate bins. As for the companies, there are already some projects with specific entities (such as the CIAL) which would ensure a sustainable reuse of aluminum caps. Even the coffee residue left in the capsules, would be destined for composting for rice cultivation.

For those that want to continue to enjoy coffee in capsules without harming the environment, the ideal solution would be to store them, and deliver them at the shops and collection points that collaborate with the CIAL. Not a big hassle because often you will be going there anyway to buy new ones.
In the future, as mentioned earlier, is expected increasing the use of capsules made of fully biodegradable materials, which will gradually replace those plastic and aluminum.
In fact, the use of Mater-Bi, a bio-plastic derived from plants, will allow us to throw the wrapper is that residues of coffee directly in the damp.
The important thing, However, Is that we can continue to enjoy our favorite coffee without seeing impaired quality and at the same time Respecting our eco-system.

ITALIANS: THE 7 STEREOTYPES OF COFFEE DRINKERS

WE do not discover definitely now that Italians are big coffee drinkers. The tasty mix is among the most consumed products by Italian families, but also the most popular for breakfast at the bar, between colleagues during the break in the office, and the other between classes at the university and as a rite concluding at the end of meals .

In Italy you consume on average 6 kg of coffee per person per year, the equivalent of about three cups a day per person.
Some people prefer to prepare it at home with the traditional coffee or pods, those who use the instant coffee and those who prefer to enjoy it comfortably at the bar.
The type most consumed in Italy is the short coffee, which contains a small amount of water to make it more intense aroma and flavor.

Follow the coffee, which is obtained by swishing a bit ‘more of water in the cup; coffee stained, to which is added a small amount of milk (usually foamed hot or too cold) and proper coffee, which is eaten after pouring a few drops of a liquor choice between grappa, brandy, rum, anisette or sambuca .
Apart the famous cappuccino That Is served in large cups and contains higher Therefore Amounts of Both milk (up to 130 ml.) And coffee (up to 30 ml.).

Also, now you can enjoy many different types of coffee, thanks to the significant expansion of the market for wafers, with many tastes increasingly appreciated. Over all, the aromas that are more successful hazel, ginseng and cocoa.
In any case, of any type of coffee it is, you can safely say that Italians are real coffee lovers.
In addition to good taste, to the pleasant aroma, the unmistakable trail of odor that emanates, because coffee is so desired?

According to scientific research, there are also components neuro-biological behind the irrepressible desire for coffee. In fact, the senses of taste and smell are the neurobiological basis of the desire of coffee: caffeine activates two neurochemical pathways essential for the well-being, that is the way “dopaminergic”, which regulates appetite and the “serotonin” which regulates mood.
In addition to the numerous beneficial effects, many of which are already known in antiquity, the coffee, when taken in moderate doses (it is recommended not to exceed 3 cups a day), helps reduce fatigue, increase physical performance and can also be an effective antidote to combat the aging brain.

Thanks to another study, focused on the Italian market, we can distinguish seven categories of coffee drinkers.
First it must be said that according to statistics, in Italy women consume more coffee than men and that in the South and in the North-West you drink in larger quantities. Nearly 70% of Italians drink coffee in the morning, while more than half can not help it after lunch; a third of Italians finally prefers eat it without sugar.

And now, here are the seven stereotypes:
1) The “addicted”: drink coffee every day, they see it as an essential ritual and absolutely can not do without it;
2) The “regular” who consider coffee drink fixed to beat the rhythm of the day;
3) The “morning”: those who drink coffee at breakfast mainly to get the right charge daily.
4) The “fanatics” are the health conscious and therefore consume coffee only to enjoy its benefits;
5) The “feeders”: unlike the fanatics, limit coffee consumption to avoid any side effects that may go wild for a possible abuse of caffeine;
6) The “variables”: those who drink more or less amount of coffee according to the periods. Emblem of this category are university students: with the approach of examinations lose count of the coffee consumed per day!
7) The “occasional”: consumers are not “chronic” of coffee, but do not escape the practice when it comes to taste a cup in the company: a breakfast with the whole family, together with colleagues during a break or just as an excuse to meet an old friend.

And you, that certainly will be a coffee lover, which category do you belong?

CAFFEINE EFFECT

On caffeine and its effects if they feel a lot every day, in good times and bad.
Despite being one of the substances most consumed in the world, many ignore what it actually is and how to act, and often remains a question mark: caffeine is good or bad?

What is caffeine?
Caffeine, whose scientific name is 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine, is a substance naturally contained in a great variety of plants: besides the obvious coffee plant, in fact, caffeine is also present in the cocoa, tea , cola and several other.
Throughout history, man has then found out that this substance, in moderate doses, causing numerous beneficial effects and learned to make the drink, first of all the coffee, still one of the most widely consumed beverages by mankind.
The question remains: why?

CAFFEINE EFFECTS on humans
Since ancient times, man has discovered some effects of coffee and the precious substance it contains: occurred, quite easily, that this increased attention, helped him stay awake, provided energy and vigor.
With the passage of time, we have learned the exact mechanics of these effects:
Rapidly absorbed from the stomach, caffeine acts as a stimulant of the central nervous system, resulting in increased levels of adrenaline and noradrenaline. In this way, you have a stimulus indirect sympathetic nervous system and an increase in heart rate, blood flow to the muscles, reducing blood flow to the skin and a release of glucose in the liver.
All these mechanisms cause the body and the nervous system are more prone to physical effort and intense mental activity.

The caffeine in sport
Contrary to what many believe, the use of caffeine should not be in conflict with a healthy sport. If used in moderation, in fact, encourages the use of fatty acids as energy substance, limiting the decline of muscle glycogen, which means, in layman’s terms, that during an intense effort you have a higher consumption of body fat and a lower risk cramps.

Next to 350mg (about 3 cups of coffee) taken one hour before exercise, would already be able to improve performance in the resistance of medium duration, thus allowing a greater duration of physical activity equal commitment; also the same physical activity can slow down the process of elimination of caffeine.
It is also important to reveal that this does not constitute any sort of doping more than it is a diet rich and nutritious!
Obviously, it should be stressed that the consumption of caffeine should be tailored to their body mass and still moderate throughout the day: beyond a certain threshold of caffeine, in fact, the benefits provided by it stop increasing.

Between study and work
Also in the study, as well as in the work, a reasonable consumption of coffee can help: in addition to increasing the attention and ability to remain active and concentrated, recent studies of Hopkins University Baltimore seem to show that, among the benefits of this drink , there is an increase in the long-term memory.

Sides effects
Let’s start by saying that the coffee and its side effects revolve many exaggerations and myths.
First, despite the caffeine is, in fact, a “drug”, or that induces a degree of dependence, tolerance and addiction, it is considered that these effects are present to an extremely modest: in fact, a much stronger dependence , consumption being equal, is alcohol or even television.
It also false the common belief that coffee causes risks of heart disease, cancer and osteoporotic; None of these claims has never been demonstrated, contrary to its various beneficial effects.

The only situations in which demonstrated caffeine and coffee may cause damage consists in situations of abuse, or cases in which the concentration of caffeine assumed exceeds a certain limit (which still amounts to tens of cups a day).

Recall that even water, if consumed in excessive amounts, can damage the body!
Ultimately, it being understood that any excess is harmful, one can say that a small amount of coffee daily is, in its small support in a thousand every day activities.

Coffee and technology

The ultimate blend of coffee and technology will give an answer to the following question: from now on what to do when your phone is out of battery? Simple: head to the nearest bar and order a coffee !! Provided, however, that the drink is served hot and that you have brought the revolutionary “One Puck”.

Now smartphones with their many functions have become indispensable tools for young and old and are used at all hours of the day, with the risk of finding themselves the old battery and remain so isolated from the rest of the world.
Some young engineers of the American Epiphany Labs (Pennsylvania), in fact, have just launched this new invention inspired by the operation of the engine “Stirling”, managing to get energy from various external sources, in particular, drink hot or iced.

For several years the ‘Epiphany Labs is engaged in the research and development of engines and other innovative and environmentally friendly. The revolutionary product was put on the market in early 2014 and immediately met with some success, especially in the US.
The charger in question, which was launched at a price of $ 99 (about 75 Euros), is expected to get a further boom in the coming years and should soon be marketed in Europe.
The operation of AnL Puck is very simple: using it as under-glass, just place the cup of hot coffee on the surface colored red (since you can use the blue tinted side to get energy from frozen drinks) and connect your smartphone through the very common USB cable to recharge the battery.

The warmth of the drink will be converted into energy, and within minutes you will be able to recover just enough to be able to carry out urgent transactions from their mobile phones. From today, so who will on the street and do not have the ability to charge your cell phone, you can go to the nearest bar and enjoy a nice hot coffee thus combining business with pleasure!
From now on the classic coffee tasted in the morning its service only to recharge our bodies and to deal with the right charge the day, but can also be used to charge your smartphone or other electronic device that has a USB input .

So, good news for lovers of technology, but also for those of coffee, and who knows if this innovation does not increase the consumption of the widespread black mixture all over the world …
We at Cafe Pompeii, however, we believe always that the best coffee is not sipped the fly or in emergency situations, but that consumed and enjoyed slowly, especially when you are in the company of friends … maybe, taking off for some minute your smartphone!

Good coffee at all !!!

Kyle MacLachlan torna a Twin Peaks con l’immancabile tazza di caffè

Cooper is back! Dopo mesi di indiscrezioni è ufficiale: Kyle MacLachlan e la sua tazza di caffè torneranno a vestire i panni dell’agente speciale Dale Cooper nella già annunciata nuova stagione (la terza ed ultima) di Twin Peaks. In occasione dei 25 anni della serie televisiva che ha segnato un’epoca e un’intera generazione di spettatori, il duo Lynch/Frost ha deciso di realizzare una miniserie di 9 puntate che sarà trasmessa sul network televisivo statunitense Showtime. I lavori cominceranno già quest’anno, mentre il debutto è previsto nel 2016, data che segna i 25 anni esatti dalla trasmissione dell’ultimo episodio della serie e mantiene intatta la promessa fatta dalla sfortunata Laura Palmer: “Ci rivedremo tra 25 anni”. Al recente appuntamento con i Television Critics Association l’attore è salito a sorpresa sul palco, prendendo un “tazza di caffè dannatamente buona” (la frase tormentone del suo personaggio nella serie) dal presidente del network David Nevins e confermando così la sua presenza nel cast. Quello tanto amato dall’agente Cooper, però, non è il nostro rinomato espresso, bensì il cosiddetto “caffè filtro”, una bevanda aromatica e ricca di gusto, consumata particolarmente negli Stati Uniti e in Nord Europa. La percolazione, ovvero il passaggio lento di un liquido attraverso un solido filtrante, venne perfezionata in Germania agli inizi del ’900. La macinatura deve essere media, e questo perché quando è troppo grossa il caffè presenta, infatti, un gusto debole, mentre quando è troppo fine il gusto è amaro. Inoltre, per un buon risultato, in tazza il caffè andrebbe gustato entro poche ore dalla preparazione. Tornando al nostro Kyle MacLachlan e all’atteso ritorno di Twin Peaks, si conoscono pochi dettagli al momento: le uniche cose certe sono che la terza stagione della miniserie sarà ambientata ai giorni nostri, oltre 20 anni dopo gli eventi raccontati nelle prime due stagioni, e continuerà la storia raccontata nelle precedenti puntate. Lynch e Frost daranno una risposta a tutti gli interrogativi lasciati in sospeso, offrendo alla serie un giusto finale (molti non lo sanno, ma l’ultima puntata della seconda serie non ha mai rappresentato per i due una conclusione effettiva, una terza stagione era prevista ma non è mai stata realizzata a causa di un brusco calo degli spettatori, che ha comportato la cancellazione dello show). Caffè Pompei vi suggerisce di preparare le caffettiere: ci aspettano lunghe notti insonni in compagnia dei nuovi misteri di Twin Peaks!