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The Benefit of the Coffee Nap

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We know what you’re thinking. Coffee and naps can’t possibly go together. When you’re tired, you usually pick one or the other. But science is here to back up the fact that a double shot of espresso may be just the thing to toss back before laying down for some quick zzz’s.

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Coffee is absorbed through the small intestine, passes into the bloodstream, and then into the brain. There, it occupies receptors that are usually filled by adenosine, a byproduct of brain activity. When it gathers at high levels, it plugs into these brain receptors, causing you to feel tired. But with caffeine blocking the receptors, it’s unable to do so.

In other words, coffee naps work because it takes about 20 minutes for the body to process and react to the effects of caffeine. By power napping immediately after a cup o’ joe, the stimulant kicks in just in time to wake up feeling refreshed and energized.

Where, When, How?

You can take a coffee nap any time, but they’re most effective in the afternoon to fight the mid-afternoon energy crash. It’s a great aid to hike productivity for workers and drowsy students.

Whether you’re at work, school, or at home, try to find a quiet spot where you won’t be disturbed. Ear plugs and/or eye masks can be helpful to drown out extra noise and light, especially if you’re at work.

Coffee is always the ideal caffeine consumption before a power nap. Tea doesn’t contain enough caffeine, and sugary sodas can send you into a glucose-rush that prevents napping at all.

Remember to keep your nap on the short side — if you snooze for too long you could end up drifting into REM sleep and run the risk of feeling groggy when you wake up (and you want to wake up before the caffeine kicks in!).

Whether you’re a student or a worker, stop by La Prima in the Strip District or Carnegie Mellon University today for your pre-nap fix!

Summer at the Ligonier Country Market

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We just started off the summer with a great Memorial Day weekend!  We spent Saturday morning at the Ligonier Country Market with a lot of great local artisans, farmers, and producers of really fun things!  Every Saturday for the rest of the summer, we’ll get up early,  take a scenic drive on the Pennsylvania turnpike, set up our tent, and sell our fresh-roasted coffee at one of the best open-air markets in Southwestern Pennsylvania (and we’ll take turns shopping around for some great locally-grown vegetables, cheese, maple syrup, and other goodies).

If you love farmer’s markets (who doesn’t?), this one is sure to please.  Check out the website: http://ligoniercountrymarket.com/  , and see a list of vendors and directions.  It only takes an hour and ten minutes to get there from Pittsburgh, and it’s totally worth the trip.

Nothing better than the smell of coffee and dew on the grass to jumpstart a Saturday morning!

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The Poetry of Gerry LaFemina

Gerry LaFemina is the author of several short stories and collections of poetry, including “The Parakeets of Brooklyn”, which is bilingual in Italian and English. An award winning author and former punk rock musician, Gerry now heads the Center for Creative Writing at Frostburg State University, where he also teaches.

Mr. LaFemina will be joining us for an evening of poetry in our cozy espresso bar. The espresso bar will be open for business beginning at 7:00, so come early, secure a good spot, have a coffee, and enjoy! See you there!

La Prima in Manhattan: Coffee Fest 2012

This weekend, some of us very lucky La Prima employees were given the chance to attend Coffee Fest! This annual trade show is where coffee enthusiasts from all over the country show off their products, and their skills as brewers, baristas, and roasters.  Our highly-caffeinated crew was surrounded by fellow coffee geeks, and had the opportunity to network with and learn from our peers.

The trade floor had everything from espresso and brewed coffee to cookies and smoothies.  We were handed samples of everything and walked away with some pretty cool free stuff.  We also learned a lot about what other people in the industry are up to and got some pretty good ideas for ourselves.  We also took some very informative classes about espresso machine maintenance.

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Can you blame us for wanting one of these for ourselves?

Overall, the experience was a great one!  Having the opportunity to talk with other members of the coffee community and share information with each other was rewarding and exciting.  Our evenings after the show were spent eating at some great restaurants in New York City and discussing what we saw at Coffee Fest, and all the cool things we were jealous we couldn’t have for ourselves.  For a bunch of coffee geeks, it was a perfect weekend vacation.

 

 

 

 

Don’t have a BLUE Christmas! Have a Bali Blue Christmas!

We’ve saved our last bit of stock of this very popular coffee just for the holidays!  Available in our online store or at our espresso bar, Bali Blue Moon will not be here much longer!  Get yours before it’s gone!

Have a Bali Blue Christmas!

December Roaster Tour

The roaster tour for this Saturday, December 3 is on!  Sign up using our website by clicking here! The tour starts at 10 a.m., the cost is $18.00 per person,  and includes a coffee tasting and a complimentary La Prima mug.

Bali Blue Moon

Have you been to our espresso bar in the Strip District lately? Have you checked out our online store?  If you have, you may have noticed a new single-origin coffee on our shelves: Bali Blue Moon!

We’re excited to bring you this unique coffee that is grown in the Kintamani Highlands near an active volcano, Mount Batur.  Both the altitude (1,300 to 1,500 meters) and the volcanic soil bring interesting characteristics to the aroma and flavor of the beans.

Our Bali Blue Moon is not just an interesting cup of coffee,  it’s also a responsible choice.  This coffee is certified organic and meets all the requirements to be certified by the Rainforest Alliance.  This is our first Rainforest Alliance certified coffee, and we’re proud to offer it to you!

A view of Mount Batur

 

October 1 Roaster Tour

Our roaster tours pick up again on October 1, 2011 (La Prima’s 23rd birthday) at 10 o’clock in the morning!  Make sure you register online in the by Thursday, September 29 to make sure you have a spot!

You can also call us at (412) 565-7070 and let us know you’re coming! See you there!

Roaster Tour Update!

The fall tour schedule has been set!  On the first Saturday of the October, November, and December, stop in and see our roasting facility, meet our roaster, and watch a batch of coffee go from green beans to beautifully roasted beans!

Our fall tour schedule:

October 1, 2011 at 10 a.m. (La Prima’s 23rd birthday!)

November 5, 2011 at 10 a.m.

December 3, 2011 at 10 a.m.

Tours include a free La Prima mug. Please remember to sign up online by clicking here!

 

 

Roaster Tour

Our first Roaster Tour of the season starts on Saturday, September 10th at 10:00AM. Find out more information and register here. We’ll see you there!

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