I love coffee. As a yogi and Ayurveda enthusiast, this can be a topic of controversy, but I'll freely admit that I LOVE IT!
But there's a catch: when Fall comes around, I find that coffee can make me feel very spacey and overstimulated. According to the life science of Ayurveda, in Fall, the elements of air + ether are coming into dominance and depending on your elemental constitution, this can sometimes make you experience those elements more intensely. The taste profile of black coffee is bitter + astringent which can dry you up, just like too much wind can! I used to give up coffee all together in the Fall and Early Winter, but then I began traveling to Guatemala every November and experience my first cup or fresh Guatemalan coffee (the coffee there is something NOT TO BE MISSED). So I faced a predicament, how to still enjoy a cup of coffee but not feel any negative effects from it. The answer is in the preparation and consumption.
If you're like me and notice that you need a little shift in your coffee ritual in the Fall, try these modifications so you can still enjoy your morning beverage and stay balanced in body + mind. Also, keep in mind how you drink your coffee can determine its effect on you. Are you gulping it down and rushing for the door, are you drinking it while walking fast outside, or are you slowly sipping and enjoying the coffee in a warm place? Try for the latter, make your coffee time a grounding ritual!
Coffee for Fall
To balance out the drying qualities of coffee, add a pinch of these warming + calming spices to your coffee grounds while brewing.
To help your coffee be more grounding + nourishing for your body and mind, try adding these before you drink.
**remember, a little goes a long way. One cup a day should be all you take in, to avoid adrenal depletion, hyperacidity, and other imbalances!**
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