The magical drink par excellence is that of the druid Panoramix. Not knowing the recipe, we had to go ahead with errors and attempts, until we produced what seems to us to be close to the mythical potion of the old rooster: Nº 124 .
Times have changed since the Gauls needed magical potions to disrupt legions of Romans. Nowadays, we always use wood and stone to build our tools, but the former is extracted fossilized as petroleum and transformed into plastic, the latter from silicon becomes microchips: our tools are computers, and a magic potion must take this difference into account. fundamental between us and the Gauls.
We are brain firsts. It is our brain that demands a certain food. He wants sugars, which he consumes in large quantities, but also perfumes. He wants exciting substances, but he wants to be able to rest when he feels the need. He is very demanding. And since he doesn't want to feel too guilty, at least the conscious part demands that what we ingest is healthy - it does not poison the body.
No. 124 was created with these needs in mind.
It is true that the brain wants sugar, but putting refined sugars into our bodies like that of "sachets" is bad. To the brain and body. We all know it - and for this reason 124 has no added sugars: its sweetness, slightly citrusy, comes entirely from the coffee beans.
There are so many stimulants for the brain. Not all of them are good. All of them are bad in large quantities or concentrations. Caffeine, for example, has been known for thousands of years to have the effect of increasing the ability to concentrate. But if you take a double espresso, in a hurry, the only effect will be to find your heart racing and a feeling of panic.
The concentration of caffeine in 124 is about one fifth that in the Arabica coffee espresso, up to one tenth for the Robusta. Sipping a 250ml bottle of 124 in an hour, while in a meeting, lecturing, or just talking to friends, allow your brain to stay alert and alert, yet relaxed.
Caffeine not only increases resistance to fatigue, it is also a bronchodilator. And unlike the cortisone ones ... it is not considered doping. Between a tennis match and another, before a game of soccer or a walk in the mountains, the Nº 124 allows you to get off to a good start. Plus, thanks to the amount of water contained in the drink, you stay hydrated.
124 is not a medicine, but, being a drink made from coffee, it has various properties appreciated in the medical field
- As mentioned it is a bronchodilator , so it is suitable for colds (you can drink it hot!) And hay allergies
- Helps prevent some types of cancer . Various studies that you find below show that a daily consumption of caffeine reduces the incidence of tumors of the colon, endometrium (uterus), liver, pharynx and oral cavity ^.
Perfume, stress and performance
Here the brain can only thank. Without wishing to exaggerate with amazing claims about aromatherapy, there are studies that show that our attention span, and our intellectual performance, increase when we are exposed to pleasant scents.
The scents of 124 have nothing to do with the espresso from the typical bar or the powder we put in the moka pot. Comparing the 124 coffee beans to these is like comparing the Nebbiolo grapes from the Langhe Barolos to those used for Tavernello. Both have their merits, but if you feel plum, raspberry and rose in Barolo it is because each Nebbiolo plant produces a single hand-harvested bunch, while Tavernello, with over one million hectoliters produced per year, must look more at consistency. of quality rather than excellence.
So: pour your 124 into a glass , let it oxygenate, smell it, drink it and appreciate its aftertaste.
Your brain will be grateful to you.
* As the association for research on cancr o (AIRC) explains well , to be able to worry about alleged "carcinogenic" doses of coffee we would have to reach 400 cups of espresso a day.