Coffee tops the chart amongst the most consumed beverages globally. And we have, in-store, three best coffee recipes that can also help with depression.
The latest scientific researches show that caffeine binds with certain receptors in our brain that are responsible for wakefulness, energy, and mood stability. As many people struggle to cope with depression, especially since COVID hit the world, more people look for non-traditional medicinal cures. The reason being the heavy side-effects of opioids and anti-psychotics. Did you know that 2 cups of coffee daily is also good for your cardiovascular functions?
Hence, we present to you some authentic methods of preparing coffee that aids depression.
Here we go!
|Total Preparation + Cooking Time – 15 mins||Recipe Serving – 1|
Coffee (Medium-Fine Grind): 2/3 Ounce/18 Grams
Filtered, Distilled, Or Spring Water: 10 Ounces/300ml
- Step 1: Place the cone filter on the pour-over brewer.
- Step 2: Fill the gooseneck kettle with water. Heat it until it reaches between 195 to 205 F.
- Step 3: Measure the Coffee to 23 g with the coffee scale, or you can take three flat scoops of coffee beans. Set aside.
- Step 4: Take a coffee grinder to grind the coffee beans (medium ground).
- Step 5: Pour hot water from the gooseneck kettle on the cone filter. Do it from the center, extending outwards in a circular fashion.
- Step 6: Dump the extra water out of the pour-over brewer.
- Step 7: Add the grounds to the center of the cone filter. Make the bed flat.
- Step 8: Place the pour-over brewer on a scale. Take some boiled water in the gooseneck kettle, and pour just enough to wet the coffee grounds. Let it sit for 30-45 seconds. (Blooming)
- Step 9: Once the coffee blooms, pour 400 grams of water from the gooseneck kettle to the coffee grounds. Do it slowly and circularly. (Takes 3-4 minutes)
- Step 10: Stir the water gently while it drips into the pour-over brewer.
- Step 11: Just before the last few drops drain out, remove the cone filter with the coffee grounds still in it.
- Step 12: Serve the hot coffee in a warm coffee cup.
The Perfect Cappuccino
|Total Preparation + Cooking Time – 10 mins||Recipe Serving – 1|
- For the Espresso
Finely Ground Coffee: 2 tablespoons
Water: 4 ounces
- For the Foamed Milk
Milk: 4 ounces
- Step 1: Pour 4 ounces of water into the boiler of your coffee machine. In case you don’t have a coffee machine, you boil the water on a stove.
- Step 2: Add two tablespoons of ground espresso into the portafilter.
- Step 3: With the help of a tamper, press the coffee down 2-3 times so that the coffee is tightly packed.
- Step 4: Fit the portafilter at the head of your espresso machine.
- Step 5: Now, place the portafilter under the espresso machine’s group head and a cup below the portafilter. Pull the coffee to about 2-3 ounces.
Foam The Milk
- Step 1: Pour 4 ounces of milk into a metal pitcher.
- Step 2: Insert the steam wand into the pitcher’s side and switch on the steam button.
- Step 3: Let it run for 15-20 seconds. Keep moving the pitcher to high, low, close, and further so that the foam is formed evenly.
- Step 4: When you see that the foam is as high as the milk, turn off the steam button
- Step 5: Pour the foamed milk on top of the espresso. The milk settles almost immediately and mixes well into the espresso. Add sugar if you want the beverage to taste sweet. Your perfect cappuccino is ready to be served hot.
|Total Preparation + Cooking Time – 11 mins||Recipe Serving – 1|
- For the Espresso
Turkish Coffee: 2 Heaped Tablespoons
Hot Water: 1 Cup
Sugar: 1 Cube
- Step 1: Pour 1 cup of hot water into a small pan
- Step 2: Add one cube of sugar. (Optional)
- Step 3: Then add two heaped tablespoons of Turkish coffee into it
- Step 4: Stir the mixture to make it smooth
- Step 5: Place the pan on the stove. Keep flame at medium.
- Step 6: When you see bubbles appear on top of the coffee mixture, take the bubbled coffee out of the pan with a spoon. Put it in a coffee cup. Do the same until you see a white foam around the edges of the coffee mix. (Takes 7-10 minutes)
- Step 7: Turn the heat off when the coffee is about to boil.
- Step 8: Pour the coffee present in the pan over the bubbled coffee in the coffee cup. Do it slowly and in one direction.
- Step 9: Once all the coffee in the pan is poured into the cup. It is ready to be served instantly.
Coffee doesn’t just wake you up in the morning. It refreshes you. If your coffee is prepared using the above methods, you are sure to feel refreshed, more energetic, and ready to start the day with a happy face.
It’s not a sure shot cure for depression, but caffeine sure does take care of the part of the brain that always seems depressed and gloomy. So why wait? Start your day with a cup of steaming hot joe!