Coffee-Infused Soap and Other Weird Ways to Get Your Daily Dose of Caffeine
What are some of the newest and strangest ways to get your morning caffeine fix? According to many news groups, teens allegedly began rolling ground coffee beans into caffeine sticks and smoking them. An ABC News affiliate reported that the so-called “bean heads” were in danger, with “trouble breathing, dizziness, vomiting, and even hallucinations” listed among the possible side effects of coffee cigarettes. The news story turned out to be an elaborate April Fools joke. People are getting increasingly creative with their coffee intake, however. Here are some of the most noteworthy — and off-the-wall — ways to get your daily cup of joe:
Mobile Coffee Vans: Coffee On The Go
Mobile coffee van franchises are sweeping through Australia, the U.K., and all across the world. Workers can enjoy a latte or specialized cup of coffee just outside of the office — or even during conferences and/or corporate events. Mobile coffee van franchisees bring coffee right to the customer, eliminating the need to step out of the office or take unnecessary breaks.
Chocolate and Coffee? It’s Not Too Good To Be True
“Eating chocolate-covered coffee beans will give you energy because chocolate and coffee beans both contain caffeine,” LiveStrong.com explains. “Caffeine is a chemical that affects your central nervous system and increases mental alertness.” A growing number of coffee shops and specialty chocolate shops sell chocolate-covered espresso beans, giving your even more options — and tasty ones at that! — to get a caffeine fix.
Coffee-Infused Soap… Really!
Some coffee-infused and/or scented soaps contain “a crackling 200 mg of caffeine when lathered into the skin, twice the amount in that same cup of coffee,” Time magazine reports. Time warns consumers to tread carefully with nontraditional caffeine-infused products, such as caffeinated soap. The FDA doesn’t currently require strict labeling of these products — meaning that you may not know exactly how much caffeine is going into your system.
Coffee is everywhere, and — thanks to new innovations — you can enjoy your morning cup of brew delivered right to your office, or in the form of chocolate-covered coffee beans or caffeinated soap.
Many people use liquid soap these days. However, it’s still possible to find completely natural bar soap. For many customers, looking for the best germ killing soap is more important. There’s a lot of antibacterial soap for skin on the market these days. People might worry about antibacterial soap effectiveness.
The antibacterial hand wash vs soap debate is complicated. However, generally speaking, almost all types of soap are at least somewhat effective. The soap creates a slick surface on the hands. People are able to easily wash the bacteria off of their hands as a result. As long as the soap creates that slick surface and holds the bacteria together, it should work. People won’t necessarily need antibacterial soap.
While some of the components of antibacterial soap will kill some of the bacteria directly, removing it is just as important. As long as people are able to get to that step, the soap still works. Of course, this does mean that people always need water as well as soap. Many hand sanitizers can work, but soap and water is still more effective in most cases. The water washes away the bacteria. Most types of soap will still be better than hand sanitizer.