Coffee [kaw-fee, kof-ee]
Noun 1. Freshly ground heaven. A morning is not complete without a cup of coffee. The most commonly psychoactive substance in the world.
Every day, every ride - all over the world; a magical moment between a cyclist and their cup of coffee (and cake) occurs. It's an unwritten rule - a cyclist without their coffee is like a plumber without his tools! It doesn't just make you feel warm and fuzzy inside, it has plenty of health benefits:
It can help you burn fat and improve your performance; stimulating the bodies central nervous system, it raises metabolism and increases the decomposition of fatty acids. Coffee can also help stabilise fatty acids from the fat tissues; allowing you to build better muscle. A nice strong cuppa will reduce the risk of diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, it will revive your liver function ANDDD help prevent early death
There's more to caffeine than just it's social and health benefits; this relationship goes waaaay back. In 'olden' day Italy (1960); Italian espresso machine manufacturer Faema sponsored their own pro cycling team and notorious hard-rider Eddy Merckx – nicknamed ‘the cannibal’ because of his aggressive riding style – became Team Faema’s poster-boy, thus making coffee look very cool in the cycling world. And that's how the love of coffee came to be...
Here are some espresso measurements and preferred coffee suggestions advised for preparation, action and recovery:
- Best pre-ride: Double Espresso; 185mg caffeine, 6cal, 0.4g protein, 0.8g carbohydrate, 0.2g fat.
- Best mid-ride: Medium Americano (with a splash of skimmed milk); 277mg caffeine, 18cal, 1.6g protein, 2.6g carbohydrate, 0.3g fat.
- Best for recovery: Medium Mocha (with full fat milk); 75mg caffeine, 301cal, 10.7g protein, 57.4g carbohydrate, 11.3g fat.
As extreme coffee connoisseurs ourselves, we would love help cycle cafes and others alike, give their fans and customers a unique way of remembering their coffee experience. Create a fully custom cycle jersey and take advantage of this one of a kind branding opportunity. It's a hassle free and simple process, and you'll receive your iconic design, just 2 weeks after artwork approval! Check it out!
We've added some of the best coffee pit-stops to visit on your travels!
Now we're not suggesting you take these kind of coffee's in your travel cup to work, but you should definitely consider them as a pre or post ride ritual...
Don't let your love of coffee get too strong that you over-consume and lessen the enjoyment and benefits - you can read loads more facts here