|October 3, 2013
Get the perks of a good cup of joe at SKC Bookstore
By Lailani Upham
“Lattes made with love” is the key at the Bison Brew espresso bar at the Salish Kootenai College Bookstore, says coffee espresso artist Susan Brueckmannn.
(Lailani Upham photo)
PABLO — Coffee is not just black water; it can make you smarter – and healthier.
According to Popular Science research for Authority Nutrition, in recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of heath and their results have been nothing short of amazing.
Not only is it good for the health but for the brain as well.
The active ingredient, caffeine, which is a stimulant, is the most frequently consumed psychoactive substance across the globe.
However, right here in the heart of Flathead Reservation and word of mouth along with first hand taste test, the best espresso coffee bar and only coffee establishment in Pablo is at the hub of the Salish Kootenai Campus – right where it is needed.
Although it’s in the heart of Pablo folks aren’t fully aware of the tribal college’s own roasted bean known as “Bison Brew” at the Bison Brew Espresso in the SKC Bookstore.
Brueckmann sets down the daily special, a Carmel Apple Latte on bar counter. She says, “I like them (customers) to taste it before they leave, I want to make sure I make it just right.” (Lailani Upham photo)
The Hunter Bay premium gourmet coffee roaster in Missoula have taken the order request from SKC Bookstore Manager Mary Rose Morigeau and launched a special blend for SKC that is not only served in the bar, but on the shelf as well.
Folks who have tried the “brew” have named it the “best” coffee in the valley.
Hunter Bay was founded in 1991 and pride themselves in roasting techniques from the finest master roaster in perfecting their traditional blend recipes and slow-roast craftsmanship and have even received national honors.
They are made of 100 percent Arabica coffees blended to emphasize specific flavor tones, body and roast.
The brew crew at SKC Bison Espresso hopes the word gets around to not only students and staff to warm up and smarten up with the team spirit roast, but to the community to get in on the stimulating action this fall with all the daily specials.
A 16 ounce Carmel Apple Almond Milk Latte ready to sip. Brueckmann says the one the magically touches to she teaches is how to do the foam just right. She says you can reveal whether it will turn out just right by the “sound.” (Lailani Upham photo)
According to Popular Science, caffeine’s primary mechanism in the brain is blocking the effects of an inhibitory neurotransmitter called, adenosine.
Scientifically speaking, by blocking adenosine, caffeine actually increases neuronal firing in the brain and the release of other neurotransmitters like dopamine and norepinephrine.
Many controlled experiments have examined the effects of caffeine on the brain, demonstrating that it can improve mood, reaction time, memory and general cognitive function.
The bottom line is – caffeine improves both mood and brain function. Both that are needed for college, whether teaching or studying.
The staff at Bison Espresso says their motto is “If you start with good coffee, it’s easy to make good coffee.” Thus, the reason to ship in their very own Montana roasted blend.
The crew says they only grind what is needed, to ensure the flavor and freshness for customer.
Muffins, danishes, breakfast sandwiches, three types of burgers, and two chicken sandwiches and a rib sandwich are also available throughout the day.
Montana made Hunter Bay coffee labeled a medium roast bean called Bison Brew especially for SKC Espresso, according to SKC Bookstore store manager, Mary Rose Morigeau. Whole bean, auto drip and espresso grind are available for sale at store for $9.75 a bag. (Lailani Upham photo)
Chips, candy and nachos are also on hand for the on-go individual.
Frozen smoothies made with fruit and no milk product and juice are also available for drink options.
Not many coffee joints offer any other option from milk than soy, but Bison Espresso offers almond and rice milk as well.
“We want our customers to taste their drinks before they leave. I want to make it right,” says Susan Brueckmann, SKC Brew espresso maker.
Coffee has not only proven to increase intelligence, but it can help burn fat and improve physical performance.
According to scientific research, caffeine raises metabolism and increases the oxidation of fatty acids. It also can improve athletic performance.
It has been reported to lower risk of type II diabetes, according to research.
According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition study, in observational studies, coffee has been repeatedly associated with a lower risk of diabetes ranging from 23 percent all the way up to 67 percent.
It can also lower risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Prospective studies from the European Journal of Neurology say coffee have up to a 60 percent lower risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia.
The travel mugs are available for sale to meet the options of the coffee drinker. Biodegradable in the blue, stainless steel and ceramic to heat up coffee if needed. Bison Brew will give a twenty-five cent discount for cups that are brought in. (Lailani Upham photo)
It can be good for liver.
According to from Annals of Epidemiology, multiple studies have shown that coffee can lower the risk or cirrhosis by as much as 80 percent; the strongest effect however is in those who drank more than four cups a day.
It can also lower risk of liver cancer.
Coffee can decrease your risk of dying early.
In a recent article earlier this year in the New York Times, from an article, “This Is Your Brain on Coffee,” Gretchen Reynolds states, “It’s only recently that scientists are figuring out that the drink has notable health benefits. In one large-scale epidemiological study from last year, researchers primarily at the National Cancer Institute parsed health information from more than 400,000 volunteers, ages 50 to 71, who were free of major diseases at the study’s start in 1995. By 2008, more than 50,000 of the participants had died. But men who reported drinking two or three cups of coffee a day were 10 percent less likely to have died than those who didn’t drink coffee, while women drinking the same amount had 13 percent less risk of dying during the study. It’s not clear exactly what coffee had to do with their longevity, but the correlation is striking.”
Bison Brew menu; Brueckmann says, an espresso menu book is also available on counter and she will do her best to make any drink ordered by a customer. “I always like to try new things.” (Lailani Upham photo)
Reynolds adds that other recent studies have linked moderate coffee drinking — the equivalent of three or four 5-ounce cups of coffee a day — with more specific advantages: a reduction in the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, basal cell carcinoma (the most common skin cancer), prostate cancer, oral cancer and breast cancer recurrence.
Coffee contains a huge source of antioxidants and even outranks some fruits and vegetables, according to a 2004 study from The American Society for Nutritional Sciences.
Whether or not you’re aware of these health benefits, the fact remains: there is a place to get a good cup of joe.
Brueckmann says if you bring in your own cup, a twenty-five cent discount is applied and after nine punches on the Bison Brew punch card, a free coffee is served.