Coffee – Why Roast Your Own (RYO) Rocks

There really is no need to cut out caffeine from your healthy diet!

Let me just put it out there…I am a coffee drinker and I love the stuff! To support my coffee drinking habits to my fellow healthy peers, I have had to do some research over the years and in general, there is conflicting evidence. However, I often found this to be because of the process of making instant coffee as well as some of the additives used as bulking agents. Some of the scientifically proven health benefits of coffee are listed below:

  • The health-promoting properties of coffee are often attributed to its rich phytochemistry, including caffeine, chlorogenic acid and caffeic acid (ref). Chlorogenic acid as well as caffeic acid are associated with anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in the body (ref).
  • Many research investigations regarding coffee consumption showed an inverse correlation with that of diabetes mellitus, various cancer lines, Parkinsonism, and Alzheimer’s disease. (ref) This does not mean that if you drink coffee, you will not affected by these diseases, but rather that there is no negative relationship between the two. It is perhaps due to the high anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effect that caffeine has, since the above diseases are closely related to toxic load and inflammation within the body.
  • Since caffeine has anti-oxidant properties, it associated with the mopping up of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are cause by oxidative stress in the body as a result of poor eating habits, stress, toxins and bad lifestyle choices.
  • Lastly, caffeine and its metabolites assist in proper cognitive functionality (ref). I don’t know about you, but a cup of good quality coffee really does improve my concentration.

Most of the adverse effects of coffee consumption (high blood pressure, cardiovascular risks) are associated with consumption of over 5 cups of coffee per day. As with everything in life, moderation is key!

The best way to know what is going into your food is simply to make it yourself. This applies to coffee too! When consuming freshly roasted coffee that you have physically made, you can be assured that you are benefiting from the coffee beans as much as possible.

RYO, which stands for Roast Your Own, is South Africa’s first active micro-lot distributor of raw coffee beans. They have sourced coffee from around the world with ethical and fair trade front of mind, bringing you the best quality coffee beans.

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Coffee is a beautiful product that has so many variable aspects to it: the country the beans are from, the way a coffee tree is farmed, the way the berries are picked, the way the beans are extracted from the berries, the age of the beans, how they are roasted, ground and brewed. All these aspects play different roles in the quality and taste of the final product.

For centuries coffee has been roasted manually. Even in South Africa, up until a few decades ago, many people still roasted their own coffee at home. Like with many other products though, as the speed of life took over, so did the convenience factor. We reached for instant, on-the-go alternatives. RYO Coffee is  South Africa’s first active micro-lot distributor of raw coffee beans and our aim is to reignite the passion of home roasting coffee.

Raw coffee beans can be kept for a very long time (some have even been found in tombs, but we wouldn’t really suggest that long). Once you roast them, in order to get the best flavour, they can be ground and brewed immediately, or used within 7-10 days. After that, they start to deteriorate and the coffee you are drinking is no longer at its optimal flavour. Roasting can be done on the stove, braai, in the oven or using a popcorn machine and can take anything from 7 – 45 minutes (or days even).

We don’t believe there is a right or wrong way to roast, or a correct temperature or length of time to do it in. Everyone has a different taste profile and each crop of beans roasts differently so the best is to experiment and find out what works for you.

RYO Coffee can be bought online via www.ryocoffee.co.za  , http://www.takealot.com/all/?qsearch=RYO+Coffee&_sb=1&_dt=all&_r=1  , at a variety of Spar’s in the Western Cape and at The Countess restaurant in Melville, JHB.

Okay so now that you have your coffee beans, ready to roast and enjoy, make sure you familiarise yourself with RYO’s roasting guide. Find the link here.

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