08 July 2008

Chocolate-covered espresso beans keep you caffeinated during road trips

Jenn's practical road trip hack:

I recently took a road trip with my mom and two kids. We wanted to minimize the number of stops to just when the kids needed to stop, as to not interrupt naps or disrupt peaceful riding time for our own needs. The first half of the first day was bad--stopping almost every 20 minutes for someone to use the restroom--too much coffee! So we picked up a small bag of chocolate covered espresso beans--kept us awake and alert without filling us up with a ton of liquids. It was perfect!

And no spills!

Related: Nifty gifty: Aeropress Espresso Maker

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This might be the most delicious parent hack I've yet read! I love those things :).

This brings back memories of studying for finals with a bowl of chocolate covered espresso beans. When I was finally ready to sleep, I couldn't. I only made that mistake once!

I've read in multiple places that though espresso has more caffeine per ounce than brewed coffee, that espresso *beans* have less caffeine than normally roasted coffee beans because they are roasted longer. I don't know if that's a myth or not.

A great snack - have you ever tried to make them yourself?

A note of caution. If you aren't THAT used to a lot of caffeine, the beans go down WAY to easy. I have eaten maybe ten to fifteen before and become super jittery. Four beans is my max!

A lot of hikers with chew just the beans sans the chocolate, as there is no need to intake all the sugar if you just want the pick me up

I'm not 100% certain, but it's not the excess liquid that's making you pee so frequently. It's the caffeine. It's a diuretic, which makes you dehdryate. I could be wrong, but it's probably worth looking into if the goal is to make fewer restroom breaks :-)

I've started to take it a step further.
I have a drawer of roasted coffee beans in the office for those foggy moments. Ghetto style.

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