Where to Celebrate Coffee Day

Affogato from Capogiro

Affogato from Capogiro

While running on all cylinders yesterday, we rolled our eyes at National Coffee Day. Like coffee needs a day? It has all of them already. But this morning, bleary eyed, we’re much more into celebrating National Coffee Day.

Here are some good ways to celebrate (including free coffee):

All Wawa locations are giving away a cup of any sized Wawa coffee today.

At Krispy Kreme, not only is the coffee free but they’re also giving away a free donut.

At Dunkin’ Donuts the coffee isn’t free but is discounted to 66¢ in honor of Dunkin’s 66th birthday.

McDonald’s isn’t giving away its coffee today but it is giving to a good cause. 100 percent of sales from McCafé drip coffees will benefit Covenant House of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

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How to Beat the Dreaded Midday Work Slump (No, Coffee Is Not the Answer)

You totally know the feeling: It’s 2 p.m. and you’re sitting at your desk feeling what is best described as a lethal combination (at least for your productivity levels) of narcolepsy and total disinterest in anything and everything work-related. So, what do you do? You run to Starbucks and order a coconut milk latte — with an extra shot of espresso, of course. But as Fast Company reports, new research from smartwatch company Pebble suggests that coffee may not actually be your best bet when it comes to rebounding from an afternoon work slump.

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The Checkup: One Major Reason to Choose Hot Coffee Over Iced Coffee

• As someone who’s been drinking coffee since I was old enough to ride the school bus, having a cup of joe in the morning isn’t just an option; it’s a serious must. And when I’m running out the door, tight on time, I will scoop up a cup from the closest shop, and if it’s hot out, you better believe I am going for an iced coffee. But it looks like, if caffeine is my goal (and it is), this choice is one that could cost me in the pick-me-up department. The way iced coffee is brewed could mean less caffeine. NOOOOOO. [Science of Us] Read more »

6 Wake-Up Yoga Poses to Boost Energy and Jump-Start Digestion

Coffee. Oh, beloved coffee. Many of us are lost without it. But — while we wouldn’t dare urge you to abandon your caffeine addiction altogether — it is worth noting that there are other ways to wake up your brain and body.

Case in point: Here, Maura Manzo, co-founder of Conshohocken’s Yoga Home (you may recognize her from this year’s Be Well Philly Boot Camp) walks us through six very doable (read: beginner-friendly) yoga poses that will help give you a dose of caffeine-free energy when you wake up (or when you need a 2 p.m. energy boost), along with jump-starting your digestion and gearing you up for a day spent at a desk. Check ’em out below.
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The Checkup: Why You Should Stop Drinking Your Coffee Piping Hot, Stat

• Good news, coffee addicts of the world: Yesterday, the World Health Organization officially took coffee off of its list of possible carcinogens, which it’s been on since 1991, and said that drinking coffee could actually protect against a number of cancers. That said, researchers did note that, surprisingly, drinking coffee—or any beverage, for that matter—when it’s super hot could contribute to esophageal cancer, so make sure to let your java cool before you sip! [New York Times] Read more »

La Colombe Is Now Open in Bryn Mawr

La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe

La Colombe opens on the Main Line | Photo by La Colombe

La Colombe opens its first suburban Philadelphia location today in BrynMawr. The Main Line La Colombe opens at 915 West Lancaster Avenue, in a former auto garage. The cafe is part of a new retail and office development at the site named Bryn Mawr Village.

The 2,000 square foot space features skylights, handcrafted wood furniture, indoor plants and planter boxes at the entrance.

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Rival Bros. Coffee Coming to East Passyunk

rival-bros-11th-tasker-940Rival Bros Coffee, the coffee company from Jonathan Adams and Damien Pileggi have announced that they are opening their second location, this one across from the Fountain on East Passyunk, at 11th and Tasker Streets, the former home of Chiarella’s.

The Rival Bros. Coffee Bar will have a similar vibe to Rival’s 24th and Lombard location and the menu will be the same, including a rotating selection of breads and pastries from High Street on Market.

Rival Bros. Coffee Bar – East Passyunk [Foobooz] 

The Checkup: 7 Healthy Foods That Can Completely Sabotage Your Workouts

• You may think you’re doing yourself a favor by noshing on some hummus and crackers before you hit the gym, but these healthy-eating experts disagree. Same goes for leafy greens, raw seeds, and a slew of other seemingly good pre-workout foods, thanks in part to the bloat and stomach discomfort they can cause while you’re mid-lunge jump. [Women’s Health]
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The Checkup: This Is Why You Get Eye Boogers

• You know when you wake up with eye boogers? Or worse, you wake up next to someone else with gnarly eye boogers? Well, turns out that gunk is a combo of mucus, dust, lint, bacteria and dead skin cells, and the reason you have eye boogers in the morning and is because you’re not flushing your eyes out at night by blinking. Not that any of this information makes them any less gross. [Refinery29]
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