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How to hack your adrenals with caffeine

coffee chemistryYeah you heard that right.  Coffee has some amazing health benefits but as many of us know first hand, over-caffeination in a hectic modern life leads to adrenal fatigue for a lot of people, leading to nasty side effects ranging from brain fog and depression to infertility and an inability to gain muscle.

But coffee can still be therapeutic when you apply a little bit of knowledge.  Here comes the hack that’ll change your life!!! Continue reading

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Improve your life with simple rituals

You may think we’re biased when we preach about how great your morning cup of java is for you.  But do you know how powerful that cup of coffee really is?  Let’s talk about RITUAL. 

Some people look down upon the coffee ritual as a bad, addictive habit that just happens to get them through the rough morning, or even the whole day 🙂 My mom is famous for declaring that she needs 2 cups to wake up, one for each eye.  But maybe the reason we all enjoy that rich aromatic fragrance, why we flock to “Charbucks” when we’re out and about (even though we know it’s over roasted, stale, AND overpriced) is not because we’re addicted to the caffeine, sugar, or because we’re sleep deprived —

gratitude mugIt’s because daily ritual enriches our lives in a deeper and more meaningful way, giving us a sense of strength and routine, a confidence (as well as caffeine) boost, and a sense of calm in the storm of everyday life.  

According to a series of studies documented by Psychology Today, researchers found that rituals, both great and small, allow people to:

  1. Mentally discharge any bad luck we believe we’ve picked up;
  2. Give a sense of comfort and control over our lives;
  3. Achieve deeper levels of involvement in what we’re doing; and
  4. Recover better from loss. 

Those are some pretty powerful controls over a life we’re largely set adrift in!  Quite a gift from a magical little bean.  Here at  Live Free we start our day with a fresh espresso and a moment of gratitude (in that order!), and we’ll keep doing so as long as we’ve got a bean to grind!

We’re currently enjoying the delightful fruit essence of our Ethiopian roast and the dark rich nutty profile of our Rwandan roast. We’ve also got some hot new beans coming soon, including a custom Espresso blend and our Live Free custom coffee subscriptions.

If you are concerned about adrenal fatigue or caffeine sensitivity/addiction, there are great decaf options available. We are currently roasting a Mexican Chiapas swiss-water processed decaf (the extraction process is done with NO chemicals, unlike many decaf options extracted using harsh toxins that have no business in your beans or your body).

If you’d like to extend your ritual a bit further, check out our collaboration with nourished. body and bath and you can start your day with an invigorating Live Free java mint jolt cold-process soap in the shower.

Photo credit: marissabracke / Foter / CC BY

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Coffee Grounds, the new fountain of youth?

Don’t toss those coffee grounds!

We’ve shared studies recently that praise spent coffee grounds as a nutritious addition to your compost pile.  But science is now discovering that those spent grounds may be an antioxidant powerhouse and that’s great news for all of us coffee drinkers!

A recent study from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that spent coffee grounds are FULL of a powerful class of antioxidants called phenols.  You get a good dose of phenols when you drink your morning brew, but scientists are finding out there’s a goldmine of antioxidants in the spent grounds as well.  Some of the extracts produced actually found HIGHER levels of antioxidants in the extracts then in the brewed coffee!

The hope is that these compounds can be added to other foods or turned into a pill that can be used to boost antioxidant status.  Here are Live Free Coffee, we’re ahead of the curve.  We have partnered with Nourished. Body and Bath to develop a line of toxin-free, cold processed soap utilizing Live Free coffee.  Introducing the Java Mint Jolt soap! 

Using the same great quality, ethically sourced, toxin free coffee you expect from Live Free, we use both the brew and the exfoliating spent grounds in this incredible, long lasting, incredible smelling soap.

Check it out now in our shop!

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.jafc.5b01619

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Drink THIS to live forever….almost

Well, maybe not forever, but studies are coming out of the woodwork that are singing the praises of our favorite beans which pretty much reduces death from, well… pretty much EVERYTHING! It feels good to start your day knowing you are doing something healthy for yourself and supporting honest, hardworking folks as well.

I know you’re thinking we’re probably biased since we’re the ones roasting and slingin’ the beans, but don’t take it from us.  Take it from some actual science folks with fancy degrees and lab coats!

Here’s a quick and dirty list of the many science-backed benefits of coffee, and oh yeah, all the studies as well.

  • Cancer Reduction:
    • Breast cancer – Coffee lowered risk of post-menopausal breast cancer
    • Liver Cancer – Habitual coffee drinkers showed lower risk of liver cancer
    • Prostate Cancer – Coffee reduces the risk of prostate cancer, but an inverse relationship is noted in cases of advanced prostate cancer
  • Liver Health – 1 to 2 daily cups protects against cirrhosis of the liver, making it REALLY good for hangovers!
  • Cardiovascular disease (especially for women!) – daily coffee consumption provides 50% reduction in cardiovascular disease and  25% decrease across the board for all causes of mortality!  You can’t go wrong with that!
  • Parkinson’s Disease – higher coffee intake is associated with a significantly lower incidence of Parkinson’s.
  • Fat Loss – coffee consumption slows weight gain and improves glucose tolerance – Look good feel good!
  • Type 2 diabetes – daily coffee consumption reduces the risk of contracting type 2 diabetes.
  • Inflammation – coffee consumption has beneficial effects on inflammation and HDL (good) cholesterol
  • Oxidative Damage – coffee consumption lowers oxidative damage to DNA. which means, we age slower! 
  • Depression Depression rates decrease with increased caffeinated coffee consumption, sorry decaf lovers, this one doesn’t apply

For those of you with adrenal fatigue or caffeine sensitivity, don’t worry!  Studies have found that decreased mortality (longer livespan) was found even among drinkers of decaf!  And we just happen to have an amazing fresh roasted swiss-water process decaf (processed without toxic chemicals) – just to make sure.

We are proud to serve the highest quality, ethically sourced, fresh roasted beans, and the fact that we get to help our friends, family and clients stay in “beast mode” is the cherry on top. 

If you’re jumping up and down in excitement as we are, don’t stop jumping yet, because we are excited to announce that we are about to launch our coffee subscription program, coming soon!  Sign up and get your high quality, ethically sourced coffee fix delivered right to your door on a regular basis for agreat subscription price. No more running out of the good stuff and having to endure the stale sludge that lurks at the grocery store or the overrated and over roasted (ahem, burnt, cough cough) abominations produced by your local chain store.

To your good health.  COME AND DRINK IT! 
Disclaimer: The information and references in this website are intended solely for the general information for the reader. It is not to be used to diagnose health problems or for treatment purposes. It is not a substitute for medical care provided by a licensed and qualified health professional. Please consult your health care provider for any advice on medications.

Photo credit: r.nial.bradshaw / Foter / CC BY

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What We’re About

Live Free Coffee is a mindful coffee roasting company. We ethically source amazing beans, roast them expertly, and deliver quickly, while its fresh. The folks behind Live Free Coffee are passionate foodies, dedicated to quality ingredients and deeply concerned about the ethics and sources of our food. Our coffee is an expression of our dedication to deliciousness.

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We believe in:

  • Ethically sourcing to ensure growers receive the compensation they deserve. See our sourcing and responsibility policy for more info.
  • Offering the highest quality, seasonal beans from passionate farmers. Our menu changes frequently, and we are always sampling the latest.
  • Roasting on demand, bagged immediately, and shipped or delivered as quickly as feasible. You will never receive stale coffee from us.

Everybody likes their coffee differently, and that’s beautiful. From espresso to double cream and sugar, high quality coffee is best when the unique and powerful flavors of the bean come through (bright, floral, fruity), as opposed to the flavor of the roast (flat, charred). It’s common these days for roasters to “over cook” lower quality beans to produce a “consistent” (but terrible) flavor. They then add tons of sugar, dairy, and artificial flavorings to the final product. We’re not fans, so you won’t see that here. Instead, we offer a few roast types for each bean, depending on what the bean calls for. For espresso lovers, we’ve got a roast for you as well, as espresso is near and dear to our hearts.

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We do coffee hard. Give our beans a try and then hit up one of our coffee subscriptions, so you never have to be without amazing coffee. We roast weekly and only to order so there’s never any extra sitting around getting stale. We ship throughout the U.S., as promptly as possible. Our gourmet coffee is packed in a biodegradable, compostable bag because we love the earth and everyone on it. Please feel free to contact us with any special requests, questions, or if you just want to chat. susie@livefreecoffee.com

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With love from Rwanda

We’re very excited to announce an absolute superstar Rwandan bean now being roasted. This coffee was selected after a lot of study and desire to offer a delicious, earthy, and strong offering to our lineup.

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Rwanda Kivu Kibuye

Farm DescriptionFarm in Gitesi

This coffee comes from “Gitesi”, a private washing station located in the Kibuye valley near Lake Kivu. The station is clean and well-organized, and offers impressive preparation of their coffee year after year. The station was started 10 years ago and is now serving nearly 2000 farmers in the surrounding highlands. Altitude at Gitesi proper is 1740 meters, and some of the farmers have coffee planted up on 2000 meter ridges. They remain committed to lot separation and this particular lot was built by vetting samples from the main harvest. This is competition-level coffee all the way, evening winning Cup of Excellence a few years back.

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Cupping Notes

Kibuye is a super star Rwanda, cupping with extreme cleanliness, and all the top notes you hope for in a highlight coffee. The dry grounds are perfumed with florals, a rich red honey scent, and laced with dried spices. Adding hot water gives off a candy-sweet aroma of dulce de leche caramel and fragrant vanilla sugars, with the break releasing a wildflower scent in the steam. City+ roasts arecomplex, a sweetness that is like raw cane juice with retro-nasal pungency. As the cup cools, mellow citrus notes fill out the profile, lemon oil, orange tea, and that sort of lemon-mandarin flavor of Japanese rice candies. There are tropical notes too, but much more in the candy matrix rather than the fruit itself. Cinnamon stick, clove, and all-spice notes pop out on top in both light and more developed roasts, and you can expect mouth-cleansing acidity. Full City introduces chocolate roast tones to the profile that blend well with stone fruit sweetness in the finish. The middle roast ranges make for a standout pour-over brew, and Full City produces one of the best African espressos of the year.

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Biodegradable Coffee Bags

The more we take care of the earth, the more it’ll take care of us. The earth seems to be warming up a little bit, influenced by a lot of stuff. It doesn’t really matter what’s causing it. Its bad for coffee lovers because climate change threatens coffee production. To the extent that’s feasible, we should do what we can to prevent it. That can mean doing a lot of different things. We do our part by packing our gourmet coffee in compostable bags.

Every little bit helps. Recycle.

 

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A Killer New Ethiopian

Ethiopia Kaffa – Michiti Co-Operative

We are super excited to have this absolutely killer Ethiopian bean available for roasting! Read on for details.

Farm DescriptionPreparing Michiti for tasting

Michiti is a cooperative in the far Western area of Ethiopia called Kaffa, where coffee is said to originate as a understory plant in the dense forests. Michiti has been our favorite coffee from this area, and has 260 coop members growing coffee on small farms at a range of 1700 to 1900 meters. In this area, the idea of a coffee farm might need to be defined more specifically; much coffee is simply planted in the forests, untended, then harvested when ripe. Other coffee is simply found growing wild and harvested. A few farms are more intentionally planted, pruned, and improved over time. The cooperative has received assistance in their business organization and accounting, agronomy and processing, as well as in marketing the coffee. They also paid a record dividend to farmers this year after the harvest.

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Cupping Notes

The dry fragrance has a unique scent, with delicate sweetness, honey graham cracker and cinnamon, along with slight floral allusions. With a little more roast, there is a chocolate brownie note too, with continued baking spice notes. Adding the hot water, the aromatics change to hefty raw sugar, with floral jasmine pearl tea, and baked peaches. This interesting blend of sweetness and spice with such a clean and clear distinction is something unexpected in Kaffa coffee; which are historically dry-processed, leaving these notes buried behind processing flavors. The cup has some of the same characteristics, Earl Grey tea and stone fruits. It’s a very balanced cup in this respect, with brightness and substantial, creamy body. Notes of papaya, rose hips, and hibiscus lend a complexity to the cup profile. Dark notes are especially fruited with flavors of citrus and berry. The finish reveals a spice mix of fresh ginger, cinnamon stick, a hint of allspice.

The roast notes, especially in the City+ to Full City range, have a compelling “sugar-browning” note, with the interacting flavors of caramel, butter and vanilla. You’ll get closer to these flavors when you order it espresso roasted.

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Live Free!

Live Free Coffee is a small batch micro roasting company. We specialize in the best possible coffee, sourced ethically, roasted expertly, and made available as quickly as possible, while its fresh.