The Health and Sports Benefits of Tiki Tonga Coffee
The health benefits of coffee are a huge part of Tiki Tonga Coffee Roaster’s inspiration and focus. In this article, we’re going to examine some of the benefits associated with coffee consumption both for overall health outcomes and the benefits to athletes using coffee to supplement their workout. The health benefits of coffee were a key influence for Brad Barritt in setting up Tiki Tonga Coffee and those sports and health benefits have become a huge part of Tiki Tonga’s focus.
“I want Tiki Tonga to be that name that resonates a message of a healthy physical and mental lifestyle and to be the vessel that brings people together off the pitch.”
Tiki Tonga Coffee Roaster's blends No.2 and No.8 are specifically designed as sports blends. By selecting naturally high caffeine Robusta coffee as the base of the blend, these coffees pack more than your average punch. Brad and many of his teammates enjoy these blends before training and competition to allow them to train harder and perform to their best.
The active compound in coffee that carries many of the health and training benefits is caffeine. Research has been carried out into the effects of caffeine on a range of physical activities and has been found to show enhanced performance in endurance exercise, high intensity team sport and strength training . The beneficial effects of caffeine have even been shown in tests conducted during military special forces exercises where the need to remain alert and energised can be a matter of life and death .
A study conducted with amateur rugby union players concluded that:
“Caffeine is likely to produce substantial enhancement of several aspects of high-intensity team-sport performance” .
Some of the benefits of caffeine in coffee are as might be expected; it increases the time to fatigue, and can increase an athlete’s power output . However, others are more surprising such as the finding that caffeine consumption can improve motor skills in athletes and sports people, translating into improved passing accuracy, particularly at times in a session of activity where fatigue would normally set in .
Coffee has also been shown to have positive health outcomes among other indicators not associated primarily with sports people and athletes. Research has indicated a link between coffee consumption and a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes . In one of the most comprehensive studies of its kind in the US, coffee consumption was shown to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in men by 54% . Positive links between coffee drinking and a decreased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease have also been shown .
It is as a result of these benefits that sports nutritionists are turning to coffee as an alternative to the high sugar alternatives in the form of energy drinks.
To push your next training session to another level, get yourself some Tiki Tonga Coffee. Available in capsule, ground-for-filter or whole-bean form we have something for everyone.
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- Stuart, G.R. et al. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. Multiple Effects of Caffeine on Simulated High-Intensity Team-Sport Performance.