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Caffeine Fixes ______.

It’s super early in the morning, your alarm goes off and you reluctantly drag yourself out of bed. The first thing you gravitate toward? Coffee. For a lot of us, coffee before anything is a must. Why is caffeine the thing that wakes us up and keeps us up? A lot of us believe that caffeine fixes various things – headaches, morning grogginess, energy, moods, etc. Let’s dive in a little on what effects caffeine has on the body, training performance, and which drinks other than coffee contain caffeine that give you the same kick?

What is caffeine?

Caffeine is a phytochemical (a big word), which is seen largely inside the beans of the coffee plant and in the leaves of the tea among some other plants. Caffeine is made in the leaves through photosynthesis. Caffeine holds a generally bitter taste, which is often disguised in drinks by a lot of sugar or sweetener.

How does caffeine work?

The effects of caffeine can vary. In particular, the heart and nervous system are stimulated by the sharp effect of caffeine. Not in a good mood? Caffeine is a mood booster with a great impact on the mood and spirit. It improves awareness, concentration and prevents drowsiness. To an extent, it also grows your memory span. As caffeine has such positive results on your mental performance it works against every energy slump.

Caffeine doesn’t just present mental benefits, it’s also pretty helpful for your body. Drinking caffeine in big doses (but not too big) increases the heartbeat, the heart beats faster and stronger resulting in increased heart rate and blood pressure. This can lead us to feel fit and energetic.

Does caffeine impact athletic performance?

Caffeine also has advantages in sports. It can improve attention and concentration, for example, your reactions. Fatigue and tiredness are also pushed back by the results of caffeine. It gets circulation going and makes you more alert. It can boost your performance and give you the needed energy kick at the critical point of your workout. Read more here about caffeine and athletic performance.

The right amount?

If you consume caffeine too frequently, you won’t feel the positive effects. Why? Because your body gets used to the caffeine dose. When you consume caffeine in high doses it can also cause insomnia, nervousness, and stomach issues. Also, your fine motor skills can worsen with too much caffeine – not the best news. Even a single cup of coffee can lead a person to encounter an increase in their heart rate, while someone else might not feel anything. The effect of the body may change and is varied from person to person. One major point to learn is that caffeine should be consumed in moderation. Too much caffeine of any kind can become addicting and very difficult to withdraw from. If you think that caffeine is the solution to a less groggy morning, you might be right, but a healthier alternative might be a good nights rest. 


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King Cafe – The Prime Study Spot

Tests, exams, and quizzes (that are actually tests). It’s easy to be overwhelmed by school work, which is why it’s important to have a study spot to beat the procrastination. Well there is a place you can essentially live at, food and all, during the unfortunate time of tests and late night studying?

The one and only King Cafe!

You might as well pitch a tent there because not only is it a floor below the library, but they have choices galore to satisfy your need for food, drinks, and snacks while studying. King Cafe has been around for quite some time and, boy, their options for food and drinks are amazing.

They are ready to serve you if you’re starving and want a big meal or just need a quick pick-me-up to keep your brain chugging along. King Cafe offers delicious make-your-own sandwiches and wraps, a variety of bagels, fresh salads, and even a pastry section if you’re feeling fancy. To-go snacks are a must have but don’t worry, King Cafe has got you covered with a variety of options.

As far as drinks go, they will keep your momentum going with refreshing smoothies, a number of Starbucks coffee drinks hot or iced, a whole fridge filled with bottled drinks and water, and did we mention coffee? We feel the caffeine kicking in already.

When you need a place to study that’s not your bedroom, with food and drinks along the way, go to King Cafe! Find a table and settle in to make your roller coaster of emotions a little less… hectic.


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On the Road: Rooted Grounds Coffee Company

The first thing that jumped out upon arrival at Rooted Grounds Coffee Company, located in West Chester, was a simple sign that read, “Behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee.”

For many, particularly in college, those words couldn’t ring more true. Coffee is an important ingredient in the college scene and, as such, requires the utmost care and attention.

So, last week, Miami University dining services, representatives from the Miami University Associated Student Government and a social media person made the 50-minute drive to Rooted Grounds Coffee Co. to talk coffee, learn about the roasting process and begin development on an exclusive Miami coffee blend.

Rooted Grounds has deep roots to the love and honor of Miami University. Founded in 2016 by Miami Mergers David and Patsy Knopf, Rooted Grounds sets out to make locally roasted, fresh, small batch craft coffee available beyond the coffee shop setting.

Their dedication to their craft was put on display during our visit. Working with high-quality ingredients and a wealth of knowledge at their disposal, Rooted Grounds walked us through a sampling. As a group, we ranked a handful of coffees, each of which offering unique flavor profiles.

While Rooted Grounds took the results and set up a second round of sampling, we were taken around the facility where we learned about the roasting process and about the science that goes into each step of production.

We roasted our own coffee beans, left them to cool and went back to sample three blends, made using our results from earlier. As we ranked our new favorites, the Rooted Grounds team explained the nuances of the coffee beans we tasted. We learned more about Brazilian, Sumatran, Guatemalan and Colombian coffee varieties and how factors like soil, climate, geography, harvesting methods, and more impact flavor. Meanwhile, our rankings from the second sampling were tallied.

We discussed the results, having chosen our favorite blend of the three, before returning to the coffee beans we roasted, to get a hands-on look at the result of our demonstration. Shortly after that, we returned to Oxford, plenty caffeinated.

The entire experience was interesting and informative. We made the trip, not to merely satisfy our own curiosity, but to learn more about a local business whose coffee is expected to be served at various campus locations and to ensure that our guests receive the very best coffee!

While we would love to share our winning blend, we think it best to leave the final say to our patrons, so we are planning a sampling where Miami will choose the Rooted Grounds Miami blend! Keep tabs on our social media so you don’t miss out on that or any other information relating to our dining services and Rooted Grounds Coffee Co.!

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