We’re headed down to Southern California on our Sustainable Road Trip to visit an organic coffee farm and learning the surprising benefits of coffee in skincare.
Are you a coffee lover? Or maybe even fall under the category of coffee addict? We’re right there with you! It’s an off-the-books office policy to not start any morning work talk before a co-worker’s first sip of java. Coffee is not just for your morning go-go juice, it’s also an amazing skincare ingredient (and used in our most iconic product: Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream). Come along while we go in for a deep-dive into coffee (and its caffeine powers) at an organic coffee farm, Good Land Organics, right in our backyard of Goleta, California. We’ll be touring the coffee tree farm, stopping in for a delicious coffee tasting and hopefully walking out of there with our feet on the ground versus buzzing out.
Over 600,000 Tubes Sold
The proof is in the numbers, and not to mention, clinical studies. Our #1 hero skincare product, Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream, is in a skincare category of itself. The cult-like following of our natural eye cream product is not to be taken likely. There’s a reason fans keep buying tube after tube. It works and they know it and clinical studies have proven it. We put our Coffee Bean Eyes Cream through a four week, independent clinical study and we’re more than proud of the results.
There are so many natural eye creams to choose from out there is the daunting skincare world. Which natural eye cream is the best? We’re going to have to humble brag here and say it’s our Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream. If you are still a little skeptical and feel like it must be too good to be true then we’d say read the clinical study results below:
- 83% saw immediate reduction of puffiness
- 97% saw reduction of puffiness with continued use**
- 73% saw an immediate reduction of dark circles
- 87% saw reduction of dark circles with continued use**
** Results of an independent clinical 4 week study
It sounds crazy, but it’s true! You don’t need chemical additives to get real results. It’s easy to make false or hopeful claims that aren’t backed by any science or clinical trials. We believed in our natural eye cream formula so much that we put it through the rigorous testing and came out on top. If you are just getting your toes wet in natural skincare, we challenge you to try this wonder eye cream. Take a test spin with our Coffee Bean Caffeine Eye Cream 0.3 oz. Report back after trying it for a few weeks, we’d love to hear your initial thoughts and feedback. Just like any skincare product, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Our skin can take up to 30 days to see real results. For example: If you eat a healthy salad and green smoothie one day, you’re not going to wake up tomorrow with the same results of having eaten salads and smoothies for a full month. Patience and dedication is key.
Delivers hydration to thirsty skin cells. This ingredient is also anti-inflammatory to help treat redness and inflammation on your skin.
Help to reduce the look of damage to the skin as well as rehydrating cells. Aloe juice also helps to reduce skin inflammation by bringing antioxidants to the skin.
Green Coffee Extract
Aids in the reduction of free radicals. This natural extract contains potent antioxidants as well as anti-inflammatory properties.
Dot the eye cream around your eyes. With your ring finger gently pat around the eye area. Don't tug! The skin around your eyes are extremely delicate. This natural eye cream can be used day or night and is for all skin types.
6 Benefits of Caffeine (Coffee) in Natural Skin Care
There are numerous studies touting the benefits of actually drinking a cup of coffee, but did you know that coffee is also amazing for you skin? When applied topically caffeine from coffee can give you a more youthful, well-rested appearance. While drinking coffee will get you that short sprint to feeling energized, applying natural coffee-based skin care topically in your daily skincare routine will have you going the distance targeting dark circles and puffiness. While you can always use a natural concealer to temporarily hide dark circles or puffy eyes, why not target the root of the problem?
The dreaded “bags” under your eyes...maybe it’s from a late night, allergies or maybe it runs in the family (Thanks, Mom!). Puffy eyes are no one’s friend. Caffeine in coffee is used to help battle puffiness by helping to reduce swelling. It constricts your blood vessels just below the surface of your eye area to help reduce that pillow-y look.
Another popular eye area concern is dark circles. The raccoon-look is best left to our furry friends. Caffeine is also amazing at reducing dark under eye circles. By boosting your circulation via topical application, blood is forced to move around versus just “pooling” under your eye (the cause of dark circles). To double down on erasing dark circles, make sure to stay hydrated, and be well-rested.
How many wonderful skin benefits does coffee have? A lot and we’re still going strong! The caffeine in coffee is also amazing at helping to minimize fine lines and wrinkles.
Did you know that coffee is rich in powerful antioxidants? Antioxidants help to repair skin damage caused by UV rays. We’ve mixed this antioxidant-rich green bean extract in a luxurious base of rosehip oil, organic aloe juice, and vitamin e for a powerhouse natural formula.
One of the major contributors to premature aging are those pesky free radicals. These unseen molecules are responsible for wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity and fine lines. Bleeh. Get some help fighting with the power of caffeine. The antioxidants within coffee extract helps to attack and eliminate free radicals.
Another benefit to coffee in skincare is its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. This is a key ingredient in helping to reduce redness and swelling in your delicate eye area. Caffeine works as a diuretic, helping to flush out toxins and reduce redness and irritation.
Looking for a multi-tasking natural product that is perfect for Sunday #selfcare? Try our Caffeine Mask that was specifically developed to deliver moisture deep into your skin. Take a moment to take care of yourself, while the natural hydrogel mask does the work to help repair your skin. We developed this face mask with green coffee extract to stimulate skin rejuvenation while the high caffeine content helps hydrate and boost skin’s elasticity. Did you know that the color of the mask is the natural color from coffee? The added base of aloe vera juice, seaweed collagen and hyaluronic acid deeply hydrate while you Netflix and chill.
Quick 1 Minute History Lesson on Coffee
You might love it, you might just deal with the taste solely for the energy boost. Either way coffee is deeply ingrained in our life. Did you know it’s the second largest traded commodity on earth? The exact time coffee entered into the history books is a little murky, but legend pins it to around 800 A.D. in Ethiopia. Coffee made it’s way over to America during the mid 1600’s and didn’t really take off until after the infamous Boston Tea Party. Coffee was not always well received when introduced to new areas around the world. People were oddly suspicious of this devil drink that seemed to give you superhuman energy. Did you know certain places around the world came close, 5 times to be exact, to having coffee completely banned? Did you know that because shipping routes (from coffee countries to the new world) took extremely long, mold would develop on the beans? When the coffee was off-loaded roasters would opt for a “dark roast” to mask any mold flavor or residue that grew during the journey. Thankfully, coffee survived its rocky start and now you can get it 87,000 different ways at your favorite green mermaid coffee shop.
How Coffee is Grown, Harvested and Made: From the Seed to Your Cup
Good Land Organics is a small, family run farm, located in the coastal foothills of Santa Barbara, California. Jay Ruskey, the owner, puts the farm at 650 feet elevation with a comfortable warm, southern orientation. The weather combined with innovative organic growing techniques allows the farm to cultivate a wide range of coffee varieties, twelve at the moment. The soil is rich clay which is farmed without pesticides. Organic farming requires extensive hand labor and experimentation.
It can take 3-4 years for a coffee plant to fully mature. That’s a lot of upfront commitment, so when it’s time to harvest the coffee fruit, usually only once a year, every ripe coffee cherry makes it in the bucket. The process is mostly done by hand because each fruit needs to be perfectly red before removing and workers come back in cycles to harvest newly ripen fruit.
There are two methods for processing coffee cherries and no matter what option you go with, the process must happen fast so the fruit doesn’t spoil.
The Dry Method: this processing method is preferred when water is limited. The beans are spread out and the sun does the majority of the work, while workers turn the coffee cherries periodically.
The Wet Method: this processing method is when the coffee cherries are run through a machine that separates the bean from the fruit. The beans are separated and categorized by size through water chambers. The beans then ferment in a large tank until they lose their slick outer coating.
If the beans went through the “wet method,” they’ll need their time in the sun to dry out, too. They’ll bask in the sun (or machine dryers) until they reach the perfect moisture content of 12.5%.
The beans are again separated out by size, color, and imperfections. They’ll pass through a series of screens and fall into their correct bins.
Unroasted coffee is referred to as green beans because well, they’re green. Gentle roasting turns them into a deep caramel color we’re all more likely used to seeing. The ideal roasting temperature is 550 degrees so the internal temperature of the bean can reach a perfect 400 degrees. The roasting imparts each grower's’ distinct flavor and style, bringing out the caffeol; the fragrant oil inside the bean.
Purist believe in buying whole beans, to grind as needed. The size of the grind, coarse or fine, all depends on the brewing method. The golden rule of grinding is the length of time the grounds will be immersed in water determines the grade of the grind. If you’re brewing in an auto-drip, we’d recommend leaning towards a coarser grade. If you’re brewing up a strong cup of espresso, a finer grind is key.
Did you know that coffee production is one of the most hands-on processes? There are an estimated 20-26 sets of hands being a part of each step from bean to cup. If you step back to think about a bean’s journey, it makes more sense why high-end, small batch coffee can be so expensive.
Coffee Tasting Cheat Sheet
Are you a little nervous on how to dive into so many cups of coffee and still walk away? Well, we have your back with a coffee tasting cheat sheet to guide you through the process and how to experience multiple delicious cups. Let’s start with the very basics: the process of tasting multiple cups of coffee is called cupping and mostly likely will happen in a special room or area. While sipping our cup of joe at Good Land Organics we were in a their test kitchen slash open-air barn.
Three samples were tried and we were guided by owners, husband and wife team, Jay and Kristen, who broke us down on each step of the coffee tasting. The reason for cupping coffee is to analyze the unique characteristics and also imperfections of each bean crop. This important process will help make the best decisions for the final process of roasting the entire harvest. Beans might be blended with other types, or adjusting the roast time based on these cupping sessions. An expert level cuppers will be able to sip hundreds of samples in a single day and still be able to report on each cups subtle differences.
Beans will be evaluated visually for quality; noting the color, size and aroma (a key factor). The beans will be roasted on the spot in a small roaster, ground and brewed with the perfect temperature of hot water.
The brewed coffee will rest for a few minutes. Aroma is again noted before the actual tasting.
It sounds rude, but the proper etiquette is to slurp spoonfuls of coffee. The quick pull of air mixed with coffee sets off the taste buds. The coffee should sit in your mouth, gently swirling then spit out. (We’re going for optional on the spitting part, it’s too delicious!)
The crowd favorite hands-down was the cold brewed serving of Geisha (or Gesha). This particular bean was discovered and exposed to the world market at an auction in Panama. It is named after its origin, Geisha, Ethiopia. This brew is well known for a unique flavor profile, with tea and jasmine notes.
PRO TIP: If you’re prone to the coffee jitters, we’d recommend sipping only small amounts at the coffee tasting or following step three with spitting after each sample tasting.
2 Ingredient DIY Coffee Scrub How-To
This wouldn't be a sustainable road trip without some reducing, reusing and recycling going on. If you’re brewing your own cups at home, or even on the road, save your coffee grinds. Organic coffee grinds are the perfect skin exfoliator and better yet, it gives them one more good go before they make their way into the compost bin. We’re making this recipe super easy, so there’s no excuse not to try it!
Gently mix warmed coconut oil together with the organic coffee grounds. Store in a sealed jar. Scrub down with your simple coffee scrub one to two times a week to help remove dead skin cells and improved circulation.
We’re back on the road again, headed towards our next stop. Wondering what the full Sustainable Road Trip Series itinerary has in store? Head over to our first announcement post to get the full breakdown. Join us and give us a shout if we’re headed your way! We’d love to know about hidden gems and under-the-radar spots that are in your town. Are you on the edge of your seat for the next installment? Curb your appetite with a few past blogs we know you’ll enjoy: