Now more than ever, coffee-loving Brits are likely to be reaching for their favourite coffee mug in an attempt to beat lockdown fatigue, proven by the first lockdown when sales of caffeinated drinks soared alongside alcohol, according to Kantar.
Whether home working or home schooling though, juggling lockdown life with too much caffeine may only result in higher levels of anxiety and stress. On the flip side, forgoing daily brews could simply add to lockdown-induced boredom, according to Blue Goose Coffee’s co-founder Lex Thornely.
'As we all settle in to lockdown number three after an already arduous 2020, mental health and wellbeing should be the utmost priority in mastering the new Covid-induced way of work and home life.
'For millions of Brits though, coffee is their go-to stimulant and a small luxury treat in equal measure. So rather than a caffeine detox, the answer is a simple caffeine reset to really balance caffeine intake levels with the pressures of lockdown life.
'Going cold turkey on caffeine is never easy, let alone in lockdown, so a reset will be easier to achieve and therefore far healthier for mind and body, for the benefit of everyone in the household.'
So whether you’re a little too dependent on caffeine or the new Covid way of work and play are affecting your levels of stress and sleep, here are some tips on how to reset your relationship with caffeine during lockdown and beyond.
Lockdown Coffee Survival Tips:
#1: Caffeinate your way to better sleep
The truth is you don’t need to eliminate that much-needed morning coffee to help kick-start long lockdown days.
The answer is to enjoy the best of both caffeine worlds, indulging in caffeinated cuppas before lunchtime, then switching to decaf for lower caffeine content in the afternoon. You should be caffeine-free by early evening which will significantly boost quality of sleep, while reducing any anxiety levels at the end of a long day.
Thanks to the gradual caffeine reduction over a period of days or weeks you’ll likely also be avoiding all the painful withdrawal symptoms associated with a full caffeine detox.
So aim to restrict the number of caffeinated coffees to four cups a day to avoid exceeding the 400mg of caffeine that the European Food Standards Agency recommend.
#2 Keep calm and drink speciality grade decaf
A key weapon in any caffeine reset is the once ugly duckling of the coffee world, decaf.
For many, the very word induces horrid memories of enduring insipid mugs of instant decaf in pursuit of going caffeine-free. Worse still, eight out of 10 of those mugs were highly likely to have been exposed to the same chemicals found in paint stripper, used to remove the caffeine.
While solvent decaffeination is still very much a reality, decaf has luckily been re-born in the last decade thanks to processes such as Swiss Water and Mountain Water Decaffeination by simply combining spring water, temperature and time to create delicious, chemical-free decafs that taste like the real caffeinated thing.
According to Lex from Blue Goose, the new water decaffeination kid on the block is the Mountain Water Decaffeination technique used in Mexico.
'This produces a lovely sweet, nutty and balanced decaf coffee so it was an obvious choice for us to add to our current range of Organic eco pod, bean & ground decaf coffee offerings. We’ve also bagged them up in compostable pouches rather than aluminium-lined plastic pouches, to help coffee drinkers feel better when sipping on their daily brews.'
#3: Don’t let lockdown kill your love of coffee
Coffee is a small luxury indulgence so, whether working from home, home schooling or both it’s important to enjoy your cuppa in a happy or relaxing place to avoid associating coffee itself with stressful situations.
Why not actually book a coffee break in the kitchen with your other half for a good natter, or snuggle up with the kids to watch a lovely film. We all need a little happiness in our lives at the moment so your coffee break is the perfect chance to make the most of being at home with loved ones in these strange Covid-19 times.
#4: Make brewing a cinch while looking after the environment
If the thought of grinding and brewing your own coffee is too much then invest in your very own original-style Nespresso® coffee pod machine. Convenient and simple to use, they are a dream for creating barista quality coffee at home.
But beware your environmental footprint if you just opt for standard aluminium or plastic pods. They will outlive your children and your grandchildren if they end up in in landfill so, instead, choose Blue Goose Coffee’s range of the best Nespresso® compatible eco pods, delivering speciality grade coffee in entirely compostable coffee capsules.
From their Organic Swiss Water® pods to their Which? Magazine Best Buy compostable pods filled with 2 Star Great Taste Award Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee, their range is the perfect eco option for any conscious coffee drinker.
#5: Be more ethical - choose climate conscious coffee
In the face of the pandemic, it’s easy to forget the wider threats we face such as climate change, so making some really simple choices when you next buy coffee will help you enjoy many exceptional chemical-free mugs of the good stuff while hitting your 2021 eco-conscious intentions.
For example, always choosing organically grown coffee will help local wildlife and biodiversity thrive in the coffee fields as well as reducing the creation, use and disposal of man-made chemicals. This is particularly true when purchasing decafs so always look for the Swiss Water® Decaf logo or opt for Mountain Water decaf.
Now more than ever small businesses like Blue Goose Coffee need your help too. Their purpose driven approach means they pay their farmers a premium well above the Fairtrade Minimum Price and donate to water and wildlife charities. They also offset their workforce’s carbon footprint and supply all their coffee in entirely plastic-free packaging.
So, by choosing Blue Goose Coffee’s organic decaf coffees in compostable pods, or its new range of whole bean and ground coffee in compostable pouches, you’re also choosing a delicious, sustainable and ethical coffee experience that is good for you and the planet.