It’s National Gourmet Coffee Day! Let’s Celebrate Coffee and Bees.

What’s all the buzz about National Gourmet Coffee Day?

Just in time for National Coffee Day we want to help you learn more about the role of honeybees in your daily cup of joe. Did you know that honeybees play a key role in producing the beans that go into your morning cup of coffee? If it weren’t for bees, there would be dramatically fewer coffee beans to harvest.

Healthy coffee cake set with honey, espresso and fresh picked wildflowers with bowl of fresh blueberries on wood stump table

First, let them have cake

This Healthy Coffee Cake is this wonderful dessert for breakfast treat, which was always a favorite in my household. This take is slightly healthier with no gluten, or yeast and featuring blueberries. I made this in less than an hour and it’s something special that doesn’t lead to too much guilt.

Healthy coffee cake set with honey, espresso and fresh picked wildflowers with bowl of fresh blueberries on wood stump table

Healthy Coffee Cake

This is a delicious alternative gluten-free, yeast-free healthy coffee cake that actually contains coffee.

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Paleo Crum Cake with piece removed and eaten

Paleo Coffee Cake

This is an interesting cake. It doesn't rise very much but it tastes good.

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Bees and Coffee, A mutually beneficial relationship.

As with many relationships in nature, the benefits are mutual. Coffee flowers provide high quality, sugary nectar perfect for the bees. Bees improve the coffee berry by aiding in ripening through cross-pollination. Bees also improve the bean itself by making its size more uniform.

Honeybees pollinate the beans and in return absorb some of the caffeine. A recent study reveals that caffeine improves bees’ memory. The bees were able to recall where food was located after being exposed to caffeine.

We use coffee—made from the beans of a bee-friendly plant—in our Grounded line for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits that caffeine has on skin. Caffeine’s vasoconstrictive qualities, temporarily shrinking blood vessels, reduce redness and swelling of the skin, alleviating puffiness and other aesthetic unpleasantries.

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Bees, Beans, Climate and National Gourmet Coffee Day

According to an article from NPR, “Coffee, Bees and Climate Change Are Linked In Ways You May Not Have Expected.”

Climate change is affecting both pollinators and the areas where coffee can grow. In our lifetime there will be less ground suitable for producing coffee beans and fewer bees to pollinate the world’s flora. What’s more, some areas that are currently not suitable for coffee production will become suitable; while some locations lacking pollinators will install pollinators to improve harvests. These locations may not correlate and our hope is somehow it will all work out. While hope isn’t necessarily a strategy, we should take notice of the folks who are working on this issue.

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Let’s raise our cup of joe this morning to the bees, the beans and making a better environment for both. We have to wake up pretty early in the morning to figure out this climate change issue but that’s what caffeine is for.

Our all-new Coffee Bar Soap, made with real coffee, leaves your skin squeaky clean and polished. The natural caffeine brings antioxidants to the skin aiding with the texture, tone, and appearance of aging. Plus coffee is notorious for removing unpleasant odors.

Picture of three bars of coffee bar soap with hangtag and bow and muslin bag

Our Grounded Coffee Scrub incorporates locally roasted coffee with honey and sugar and skin-loving butter and oils leaving your skin smooth, softened and awakened and maybe even with a little less cellulite.

Grounded Coffee Scrub

Celebrate National Gourmet Coffee Day with a little light

This Coffee Candle leaves the room smelling like a pot of fresh-brewed coffee. It’s a great kitchen candle for the early morning to get your juices flowing.

Grounded Soy Coffee Candle
Grounded Soy Coffee Candle
Grounded Coffee Soy Candle
Grounded Soy Coffee Tin Candle
Coconut Macaroons and coffee maker on kitchen counter with our Spring honey from Chesterhaven Beach Farm

One dollop or two? Try a little bit of honey in your coffee each morning

Honey works very well, in most recipes in place of processed sugar, up to a cup in baking. Chances are good that you won’t notice a difference. If you use a mild varietal like Clover there is little or no difference in taste.

If you prefer your coffee iced, we have you covered. Try this Iced Latte

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Iced Latte

This Iced Latte is delicious. I swapped out dairy milk and you wouldn't know. The transition away from dairy milk with plant-based milk has not been a difficult transition over here.

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Grounded Gift Bag is a great way to send any friend a worthwhile wake-up call complete with a pot of coffee, coffee bar soap, Sweet Lips Honey Lip Balm, Grounded Soy Candle and Grounded Scrub all in a wonderful reusable hand-stamped canvas lunch tote.

Grounded Gift Bag
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About the Author


Kara waxes about the bees, creates and tests recipes with her friend Joyce, and does her best to share what she’s learned and continues to learn about the bees, honey, ingredients we use and more.

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