If You Drink Your Coffee With Sugar, Here's Why You Should Always Add It First

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If you take your coffee with cream and sugar, which ingredient do you add to your cup first? Coffee, then milk or cream, then sugar? Or perhaps cream, then coffee, then sugar?

The order makes a difference, according to Claire Lower, who pleaded her case in an article for Skillet after catching her boyfriend pouring cold half and half into his mug before adding the sugar. “My boyfriend was doing it wrong, and I had to tell him,” she wrote.

Her boyfriend’s approach is ill-advised, Lower explains, because of basic physics. Sugar dissolves more easily in piping hot liquids, and cream lowers the overall temperature of your coffee or tea. As a result, you might end up with a heap of raw sugar at the bottom of your mug, depending on how sweet you like your beverage to be.

Lower even backed up her argument with an experiment: “In an effort to quantify, I did a comparison where I added a sugar cube to an ounce of coffee and another sugar cube to a mixture of 3/4 ounces of coffee and 1/4 ounce of cold half & half; the sugar cube in the creamy coffee took 26 more seconds of stirring to dissolve than the sugar cube in black coffee,” she writes.

Half a minute can make all the difference when it stands between a non-morning person and their first cup of joe. There are a few ways to make sugar dissolve faster, though. Breaking up clumps of sugar, stirring your beverage, and yes, heating it up are all scientifically sound methods of ensuring your coffee reaches its peak before you take your first sip.

[h/t Skillet]

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Why Are Decaf Coffee Pots Orange?

If you're looking for a caffeine fix, you know that orange pot isn't going to help.
If you're looking for a caffeine fix, you know that orange pot isn't going to help.
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The orange spout and handle on a decaf coffee pot have saved many caffeine lovers from having a terrible morning. Like the orange on a traffic cone, the color has become a signal both to the people who drink coffee and the servers who pour it. But the shade wasn't merely chosen for its eye-catching qualities; orange is a piece of branding left over from the original purveyors of decaf java.

According to The Cubiclist, decaffeinated coffee first arrived in America via the German company Sanka. Sanka (a portmanteau of the words sans and caffeine) sold its coffee in stores in glass jars with orange labels. The bright packaging was the company's calling card, and because it was the first decaffeinated coffee brand to hit the market, consumers started looking for the color when shopping for decaf.

In 1932, General Foods, which has since merged with Kraft, purchased Sanka and got to work promoting it. To spread the word about decaf coffee, the company sent orange Sanka coffee pots to coffee shops and restaurants around the country. Even if the waitstaff wasn't used to serving two types of coffee, the distinct color of the pot made it easy to distinguish decaf from regular.

The plan was such a success that orange eventually became synonymous not just with Sanka, but all decaf coffee. Other coffeemakers began offering decaffeinated alternatives, and when marketing their products, they chose the color Sanka had already made popular.

The reason for the orange coffee pot is just one of decaf's not-so-mysterious mysteries. Here's some of the science behind how exactly coffee makers get the caffeine out of the beans.

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