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Golden ‘Turmeric’ Latte: a delicious beverage for the health conscious

There are many people who love kick starting their day with a delicious cup of organic Quest coffee however, ending it the same way can cause disruptive sleep patterns for some. So do you opt for a cup of herbal tea or something packed full of health benefits?

Turmeric root, the main ingredient to a Golden 'Turmeric' LatteThe Sol Spice Golden Milk Turmeric Blend is the latest health craze and we can see why. Not only is to packed full of flavour, but it has a multitude of health benefits and medicinal healing properties to make you want enjoy this beverage day in, day out. Before bed, during the day, at the start of the day, twice a day; the preference is entirely up to you.

The Golden Latte on the shelves at Quest Coffee Roasters is gluten free, dairy free, paleo friendly, vegan, vegetarian, diabetic friendly and has a balanced, healing blend of:

  • Organic Turmeric;
  • Organic Coconut Powder;
  • Organic Sri Lankan Cinnamon;
  • Organic Ginger Powder; and
  • Organic Cayenne Pepper.

This beverage was traditionally known as ‘golden milk’ and turmeric has been enjoyed and used for centuries in Ayurvedic practices by healers all over the world. Many cultures use turmeric as a healing spice for its capacity to alleviate anything from the common cold or flu, sore throat and stomach aches to healing wounds thanks to the antibacterial and antimicrobial benefits it has. The blend of amazing flavour and spices makes it the perfect winter companion, warming you up from the inside out.

The other traditional uses for this blend are:

  • Anti-inflammatory;
  • High in antioxidants;130g Sol Spice Golden Milk Turmeric Blend take home pack
  • Antiseptic & analgesics;
  • Reduces join pain;
  • Lowers inflammation;
  • Balances blood sugar levels;
  • Anti-carcinogenic;
  • Helps maintain cholesterol levels;Promotes digestive health;
  • Liver detoxifier;
  • Regulates metabolism;
  • Weight management;
  • High blood pressure;
  • Memory & brain function;
  • Soothes inflamed skin conditions;
  • Nuerological disorders;
  • Lowers triglycerides.

Next time you are in our James Street café, make sure you do yourself a favour and try one of these incredible beverages. We like to describe it as a “man’s chai…bold and delicious!” We have 100 gram take home packs available in store and online (makes 33 servings) or, if you love it as much as we do, you can choose the larger 250 gram take home pack (makes 100 servings). Having this blend available at your fingertips allows you to enjoy this simple, life changing drink whenever you like.

Written by Therese Glowaski.

Suprising benefits that coffee has on your skin

We all know having good skin is hard to maintain with age…but why is this? It’s pretty simple really. We’ve all heard the saying ‘you need to take better care of yourself’. Well that isn’t easy these days; with all the rushing around we do, whether it’s shopping, dropping kids off at school and sports events, grabbing a quick bite to eat on the run, or getting a chance to put on good sunscreen etc…the list just goes on. So it’s no wonder our skin starts to lose its glow.

Well it may surprise some to find out that coffee can help in this rejuvenation process. Together with a healthy diet with lots of vegetables and fruit, coffee is also packed with antioxidants. Polyphenols are the main type of antioxidant found in coffee and this plays a big part in helping to reduce skin cell damage.

By having at least 1 good organic coffee a day, you can boost the antioxidant levels. Making sure your coffee is made with good quality, filtered water, is a vital part of this process as well. And no, coffee won’t dehydrate you either; that’s a myth.

Coffee Scrub

Another great secret getting out is the use of an organic coffee body scrub. This will really get rid of those dead and dry skin cells, leaving your skin feeling soft and smooth all over.

This treatment is not only for girls…it’s great for men to use as well.

Coffee Scrub Review

Here at Quest, we have developed a beautiful Lime and Coconut Coffee Scrub.

100% Organic Coffee Scrub made at Quest Coffee Roasters

It is all natural and organic and is great for gift ideas as well. You have to try it out so you can start getting that great skin now; it really works! And with Christmas just around the corner, it’s makes for a perfect Christmas gift.

Written by Paul Henley.

Matcha Green Tea; this ‘superfood’ really is super

We’ve been hearing about Matcha Green Tea and its amazing health benefits for a little while now, so we thought that we would dive in, before the hype engulfs everybody, and add this incredibly delightful drink to our menu here at Quest Coffee Roasters.

What is Matcha and where did it originate from?

Matcha Green Tea originated in Japan. The Japanese have been drinking this delicious green gem in their tea ceremonies for hundreds of years. It was used as an aid in meditation.

Monk in Meditation

Monks would drink matcha to remain alert, yet calm, during long hours of sitting. They know a lot about living long and stress free lives. It’s no surprise that one of their secrets is drinking matcha green tea.

Not only is it a superfood; it’s also super good for you and super cool!

Matcha v Green Leaf Tea: What’s the difference?

Matcha is finely ground green tea, is 100% organic and is packaged with no extra ingredients or additives. It is, however, very different from your average green tea due to the way it’s grown and processed. Matcha is carefully shade grown, allowing it to grow slowly. This increases the amount of chlorophyl and amino acid levels in the tea. Only the buds of matcha are harvested, whereas other ground teas may contain the leaves and stems – this would create a more bitter flavour. After matcha is harvested, it’s dried flat and then stone ground into a super fine powder which retains a bright green colour.

Matcha Green Tea Plantation

Green tea leaves have been cut and dried. Some would argue that this process can actually damage the antioxidants and reduce their overall potency. When you brew a cup of green tea, the water only extracts a small amount of the green tea benefits. The rest remains trapped in the tea leaves and discarded. The best way to take advantage of all that green tea has to offer is to consume the entire leaf.

Matcha Green Tea v Green Leaf Tea

What does it taste like & what’s the best way to enjoy it?

Like all green tea, matcha has slight grassy notes. It has a richer, almost buttery flavour and can be enjoyed as a latte or a frappe. We have both alternatives available in our James Street, Burleigh Heads cafe, so be sure to ask our wonderful baristas what their recommendation would be.

We have tried (and recommend) the matcha latte and frappe with Barambah Organic milk, as well organic rice and soy milk. Almond milk may be a particularly acquired taste for some, although we have heard that adding a little honey helps!

Matcha Latte & Frappe made at Quest Coffee Roasters, Burleigh Heads

Matcha Latte & Frappe made at Quest Coffee Roasters, Burleigh Heads

 Health benefits…what’s the buzz?

Well we certainly don’t claim to be scientists or experts in health and wellbeing, but we have done our research and this drink is just too good to pass up! Here’s why:

High in antioxidants: One of the biggest words in nutrition these days is antioxidants, a naturally occurring chemical compound that prevents chronic disease and aging. It has 137x more antioxidants than green tea alone! Basically, the more you have, the better your body is able to fight infections and disease.

Increased metabolism: Matcha is a great addition to any weight loss program due to its ability to boost your metabolism and burn fat. Better still, unlike many questionable quick fixes on the market these days, it won’t put any stress on your body, nor will it raise your blood pressure or heart rate.

Detox your body: That green stuff, chlorophyl, is awesome for helping to detox the body of toxins, heavy metals, poisons, dioxins and hormone disrupters.

Improve wellbeing: Matcha contains up to 5x more L-theanine than green leaf tea! Without getting too technical, L-theanine is an amino acid which is capable of inducing alpha wave activity in the brain. This can relieve stress, promote relaxation and make us more alert, yet calm, at the same time.

Increase energy levels: Matcha provides a sustained release of energy throughout the day, minus the jitters! One study suggests that this was caused from the caffeine, but they found that it was actually a combination of matcha’s natural properties. Another recent study found an improvement in physical endurance by 24%. That’s pretty awesome if you ask me!

Matcha Green Tea Antioxidants Comparison Chart

So next time you are visiting us, be sure to try out this incredible beverage. You won’t be disappointed!

Written by Therese Glowaski.