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Coffee-lovers, listen up!

Frank and Honest is the closest thing to barista style coffee to ever come out of a machine – and now, Corkonians can enjoy their flat whites in the comfort of a swanky new café.

The coffee brewers have opened their first Cork city café in the newly revamped Supervalu store in Merchant's Quay.

As well as delicious gourmet coffee and a variety of sweet treats, the new premises will offer customers free Wi-Fi, a cosy atmosphere and an impressive sit-in area.

Sick and tired of searching for the one perfect brew, the team at Frank and Honest decided to take destiny into their own hands – and with 100 per cent Arabica beans, hints of gingerbread and the sweet aromas of brown sugar and white chocolate, we are so glad they did.

We know where we'll be getting our fix the next time we're passing through the Rebel County…

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If there's one thing we love more than coffee, it's free coffee.

And in a move which has us shedding a tear of gratitude this afternoon, 20 coffee shops in our nation's capital will be providing the public with free coffee at various points throughout the day tomorrow.

And why are they doing this, you might wonder.

Well, the gesture is reportedly in response to the news that Starbucks will be opening its 53rd location on 4 Crampton Quay.

So, between 8am-9am, 1pm-2pm and 5pm-7pm, the following 20 coffee shops will be giving tired and thirsty city-dwellers a caffeine hit free of charge, and they are officially too pure for this world.

  • The Clockwork Door
  • Foam cafe
  • Coco Brew
  • Il Fornaio Enoteca
  • Celtic Cookie Company
  • Coffee Cartel Coffee Cart
  • Gallaher and Co
  • Shoe lane cafe
  • Dwarf Jar
  • The Joy Of Cha
  • The Stage Door
  • The Tram Cafe
  • The Bus Stop Cafe
  • Metro Cafe
  • BG Cafe and Deli
  • IFI Cafe
  • Tamp and Stitch
  • Kaph
  • The Yellow Cup

Guys, you may take a bow.

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Coffee and sleep; just two of the greatest parts of any day, amirite?

And while we love them both in equal measure, we generally adhere to the guideline that mixing them is a pointless endeavour.

We need coffee to wake us up, so why would we down a cup before taking a nap? Well, because science says so, that's why.

According to Professor Chin Moi Chow of the University of Sydney, mixing coffee and a short nap is a surefire way to inject a little more energy into your day.

In a piece composed for The Conversation, Professor Chow explained that in order to maximise the impact coffee has on our energy levels, we should use the intial stages of absorbtion to grab some shut-eye.

"When you drink a coffee, the caffeine stays in the stomach for a while before moving to the small intestine,” he writes.

"It is from here that caffeine is absorbed and distributed throughout the body. This process, from drinking to absorption, takes 45 minutes."

“But caffeine’s alerting effect kicks in sooner, about 30 minutes after drinking. So, drinking a coffee just before a short nap of less than 15 minutes doesn’t affect the nap as your body hasn’t yet experienced the caffeine hit.”

Put simply, a short nap allows time for the coffee to kick in, so not only will you awake from your nap refreshed due to, you know, sleep, but then the caffeine will start working its magic.

"Once you wake up from your nap, not only do you experience the hit, your body feels the effects of the caffeine hours later,” explains Prof. Chow.

“It is this caffeine hit after you wake up and the “long tail” of caffeine in your body that helps you power through the day."

And while that's all well and good in the evening or at the weekend, we can't see our employers agreeing to a much-needed caffeine nap once that infamous 3pm slump kicks in.
 

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We've seen our fair share of Instagram trends this summer.

With galactic ice cream, rainbow houses and avocado art all taking centre stage this year, it's now time to make way for designer lattes.

New York based Instagram account @coffeenclothes has us drooling over the delicious coffee art and even more delicious outfits.

Chanel, Gucci and Nike take the top spot as our faves, with hand-drawn pieces of clothing also making its way onto the feed.

After looking at these photos, all you'll want to do is order a coffee… and buy some clothes:

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Japan have given the world many things – sushi, karaoke, Pokémon, the list goes on.

However, it looks like their latest creation could be up there with the best of them.

Introducing the coffee ice cream cone – and yes, it's exactly what it sounds like.

These babies are available at a number of locations around the world, but in true Japenese style, one Tokyo based cafe has taken  the sweet treat to the next level.

Not only do Coffee Cone serve delicious coffee sprinkled with sugar, spice and everything nice, they also add some of the cutest latté art the world has ever seen.

Just take a look. 

 
 

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Not only are these things cute AF, they also make it okay to eat dessert for breakfast, and that's something we are definitely down for. 

It's win-win!  

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Eating a big tub of ice cream while it's warm outside is one of life's little pleasures.

But when you're broke AF, it can be hard to come to terms with spending €8 on, well… anything.

So, when we came across this homemade coffee ice cream, we legit jumped for joy.

Not only is it homemade, but it's dairy free and only has FOUR ingredients.

Spotted by the Daily Mail, a wellness blogger under the name My Crazy Good Life has created the coffee ice cream and it looks so delish.

All you need is 3 to 4 sliced frozen bananas, a strong cup of espresso coffee, honey and vanilla extract.

You literally just have to blend all of the ingredients together, freeze, and eat!

It takes one hour to set, so you know, by tonight you could be chilling at home with a glass of vino and some homemade ice cream!

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It doesn't get better, right?

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Coffee lovers rejoice!

The next time someone makes a sly dig about your addiction to the black stuff, just hit them with the facts – coffee makes you live longer.

Two studies, one in the US and one in the UK, have found that drinking three cups of coffee a day can increase your life expectancy.

See, coffee has been known to reduce the risk of liver disease, circulatory issues, heart disease, strokes and digestive issues, so it's combined benefits can actually add years to your life.

According to researchers, these effects are due to the antioxidant plant compounds in coffee.

The UK study, led by Imperial College London and the UN International Agency for Research on Cancer, looked at 520,000 people over the age of 35 living in ten countries, over a period of 16 years.

Results showed that men who drank three cups of coffee a day were 18 per cent less likely to die over the course of the study.

The effects were not as strong for the female participants, however, women who drank three cups a day had an 8 per cent decreased chance of death over the time period.

Similarly, the US study found that those who drank one cup of coffee a day were 12 per cent less likely to have passed away during the study, while those who drank three cups were 18 per cent less likely.

Now, it's highly likely that these people were living healthy lifestyles and it would be irresponsible to give coffee all the credit, but it's definitely something that, when consumed in moderation, could keep keep everything ticking over. 

Dr Marc Gunter, leader of the UK study, said: "We found higher coffee consumption was associated with a lower risk of death from any cause, and specifically for circulatory diseases, and digestive diseases."

"We are not at the stage of recommending people to drink more or less coffee."

"That said, our results suggest that moderate coffee drinking – up to around three cups per day – is not detrimental, and that incorporating coffee into your diet could have health benefits."

We'll take that. 

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Those of you who hail form the southside of the capital may already be familiar with Bakelicious, the artisan bakery based in Shankill.

Their pastries have gained somewhat of a cult following among locals, and it looks like their fanbase is about to grow, because these guys are setting up shop on Dublin's city centre today.

Founded by husband and wife, Eamonn and Fatima Blair, Bakelicious have been selling sweet treats since 2013 and have now decided to expand their business (and we couldn't be happier about it). 

Bakelicious will open at 2 Montague Street, Dublin 2 at 10.00am on Monday July 10. 

A number of delicious hand-crafted pastries and cakes will be on offer along with a tasty lunch menu and  8th Corner Coffee, roasted in Ireland and exclusive to Bakelicious. 

Oh and did we mention that the first 200 customers get free cupcakes and coffee?

Go! Go! Go!

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Be honest; what do you think when you think Gilmore Girls? Conneticut, community and coffee, right?

The show's characters, who made a long-awaited return to the screen courtesy of Netflix last year, appeared equally, if not more, addicted to caffeine than the entire cast of Friends combined.

But it doesn't sound like the obsession ended with the snap of the director's clapper board as the show's diner-owner, Luke, has revealed he is set to launch his very own coffee brand in real life.

During a recent interview which focussed on his career thus far and plans for the future, Scott Patterson revealed: "I'm developing my own coffee brand. It's going to be called Scotty P's Big Mug Coffee"

In a move which is sure to delight diehard Gilmore Girls fans, he admitted that the endeavour is almost at fruition, saying: "We're almost ready to launch, but we want to have our ducks in a row before we come out with it."

"Quality coffee is something that I am obsessed with," the 58-year-old actor explained. "It's the thing I look forward to every morning and throughout the day and throughout the evening and now throughout the middle of the night."

With the success of Luke's Diner pop-up shops, we're fairly sure there'll be mucho excitement over Scotty P's Big Mug Coffee…

 

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Stop. Everything.

If you've ever fancied something a little stronger than your tall skinny-latte, listen up. 

Starbucks have just announce plans to open their largest branch to date, housing a coffee-roasting area, retail spaces, a Princi bakery, and wait for it – a mezzanine bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

The 20,000-square-floor store is set to open on New York's Ninth Avenue and is said to be modelled after the original Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle.

The news comes from a Starbucks attorney, Jonathan Bing, who presented the news to Manhattan’s Business Licenses and Permits committee on Wednesday.

The company have also announced plans to recruit local artists to perform at the venue.

There's no word yet on whether Starbucks' new boozy menu will hit Irish shores anytime soon, but we can't imagine we'll have to wait too long.

We are the inventors of the boozy coffee after all.

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No one would blame you for thinking that a tall americano has no place in the gym. After all, weight rooms are usually littered with empty water bottles and sweaty towels, not mugs and cardboard cups.

But why is is not so many fitness types have an unquenchable love for the black stuff?

Well, a new study has claimed that drinking coffee could actually help with workouts.

According to Metro.co.uk, Bruno Gualano, a physiology professor at the University of São Paulo, conducted research to see what effect, if any, caffeine had on physical performance.

The coffee lover and avid cyclist, split a group of male cyclists into three catagories – low caffeine intake (less than one cup a day), moderate intake (two cups) and high intake (three or more cups).

The groups then performed a series of trails where they had to cycle until they burnt 450 calories.

For the first trail, the participants were given a 400mg caffeine pill (equal to two cups of coffee).

It was then repeated, after the groups took a placebo pill, and then again after they had taken nothing at all.

The results showed that almost every single cyclist recorded their fastest time after they had taken the caffeine pill.

Infact, they averaged about 3.3 per cent faster when compared to taking no pill at all, and 2.2 per cent faster than taking the placebo.

Bruno reckons the results could translate into several minutes taken off total race times.

What's more, the group who regularly drank more than three cups of coffee a day enjoyed the same benefits from the pill as those with a lower caffeine intake.

But, before you start substituting your usual pre-workout beverage for a grande skinny latté, remember that large quantities of caffeine can be dangerous.

Bruno recommends starting small to see if you fitness regime benefits from the extra lift.

 

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Remember the avolatte? We thought we had reached peak hispster nonsense when an Aussie coffee shop started serving their soy coconut flat whites in pitted avocado halves, but now the madness has gone even further. 

In true hipster fashion, an even more obscure vegetable has been chosen as the vehicle for a new veggie latte. 

Take a bow, the humble carrot.

The team at Locals Corner, a Sydney based coffee shop, took to Facebook to share a snap of the abomination.

The frankenfood concept features a hollowed out carrot acting as the cup for the hot latte within. 

We get the whole waste not, want not thing, but seriously?

Just put it in a cup. 

The cafe has also previously served their lattes in hollowed out apples served on a saucer of pineapple, for when your latte makes you a little peckish for one of your five-a-day. 

And, of course, they tried their hand at the now notorious avolatte. 

Maybe we're just basic bit***s, but we'll take a paper cup over a hollowed-out carrot for our coffee any day.

Feature Image: Locals Corner / Facebook 

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