For the love of coffee

7 Scientific reasons why you should collect your FREE loyalty card today!

In recent years and decades, scientists have studied the effects of coffee on various aspects of health and their results have been nothing short of amazing.

1. Coffee can make you smarter

Caffeine potently blocks an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, leading to a net stimulant effect. Controlled trials show that caffeine improves both mood and brain function.

2. Coffee can help you burn fat and improves physical performance.

Caffeine raises the metabolic rate and helps to mobilize fatty acids from the fat tissues. It can also enhance physical performance.

3. Coffee may drastically lower your risk of type II Diabetes.

Drinking coffee is associated with a drastically reduced risk of type II diabetes. People who drink several cups per day are the least likely to become diabetic.

4. Coffee may lower your risk of Alzheimer’s and Pakinsons.

Coffee is associated with a much lower risk of dementia and the neurodegenerative disorders

5. Coffee may be extremely good for your liver.

Coffee appears to be protective against certain liver disorders, lowering the risk of liver cancer by 40% and cirrhosis by as much as 80%.

6. Coffee may decrease your risk of premature death.

Coffee consumption has been associated with a lower risk of death in prospective epidemiological studies, especially in type II diabetics.

7. Coffee is loaded with nutrients and antioxidants.

Coffee contains a decent amount of several vitamins and minerals. It is also the biggest source of antioxidants in the modern diet.

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What more reason do you need to come and pick up your Loyalty card? Every 1oth cup will be on the house! Please note that even though coffee in moderate amounts is good for you, drinking way too much of it can still be harmful. The bullet points above have been compiled from other websites on the internet and re-blogged here.

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Curry can keep you chirpy for longer!

Over thousands of years curry has been a staple flavour-enhancer in many countries around the world. Curry is a complex blend of spices that can be mixed and blended to suit all tastes or enhance an array of dishes – from vegetables to goat! Sometimes it may even serve as a handy tool to ‘mask’ a rather miffy meal? Curry makes it all good – including your health, it may seem! Those foods that pack a punch in flavour could improve our chances of living longer.

Consuming curry-flavoured dishes on a daily basis – or at least twice a week – could lower the chance of an early death. So it seems that adding a little spice to your life would be worth the hot sweats, numb tongue and adrenalin charges brought on by a choice chicken tikka masala!

Of course a quality curry is a special blend of spices and ingredients, which may include cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger, garlic, curry leaves, paprika, cardamom or star anise (perhaps even a little apricot jam if you have any South African heritage in you.) But the most commonly used hot-as-hell spice remains the chilli. Whether fresh or dried, big or small, red or green, with or without the seeds, any cook worthy of his salt will know when a dish requires a bit of this magic ingredient to take the flavour up a notch.


Medical professionals continue with this interesting research, but seem to agree that the spice, capsaicin, contains a bioactive ingredient which has long had anti-obesity, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, amongst others.


Of course, this is fantastic news for us here at Tolbos, where the winters bring with them such chilly nights. Hence, we added a dose of good medicine in the Patensie Valley with a Currie Evening last week. By the time guests left after a long evening of chatting, ‘chilli’ing and chowing at the buffet, bellies were bulging, cheeks were rosy and grins were wide. Definitely a bill of clean health and some feel-good for all who attended!

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Tolbos Coffee Loyalty Card

Warning! This post may contain dangerous information for Coffee Addicts!!!

Caffeine connoisseurs, get your newly launched COFFEE Loyalty card at #Tolbos. Keep caffeine levels at optimum level, on every visit ….. and fill up with the 10th cup on the house! For Free! #Gratis! Niks! That’s how we roll at Tolbos.

We understand long, hectic days are just not the same with a coffee shot. And that is why we pride ourselves on using only the best coffee beans from our supplier, #mastertons in Port Elizabeth. This family-owned Roastery has been in the coffee business for yonks – and boy, you can taste it in the freshly brewed cuppa joe! The girls at Tolbos pride themselves on being somewhat snobbish when it comes to their #caffeine fix of choice. If it is not wine o’clock, it is most definitely a quarter past  where’s-my-coffee?!?

First Loyalty Card User - Marieka Mostert

First Loyalty Card User – Marieka Mostert

Whether you are passing through #Patensie for pleasure or some serious business – boost your spirits with a shot of espresso. Locals, whether yummy-mummies of the PTA  or salt-of-the-earth farmers,  rely DAILY on our #bistro for their coffee fix to bolster their mood! REMEMBER TO PASS BY AND COLLECT YOUR LOYALTY CARD from Tolbos. Its legal and FREE! For more info about Mastertons coffee, visit their website at mastertonscoffee.co.za or go and check out their Facebook page.

Aaah, I’ll take mine with hot milk and 2 sugars, please…

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Back to basics – #Cupcakes

The resurgence of the cupcake’s popularity in the past decade has made it a must-have at birthday parties, bridal showers, stork parties, weddings, hen paries (cue rude, anatomically correct, male body parts) and  larny corporate canteens.

In fact, a few years ago, this #foodie ‘fad’ whipped right out of hand and suddenly there were #cupcake shops on every corner and renowned chefs – heck, even domestic goddesses – were bringing out glossy recipe books and dedicating entire TV cooking show seasons to the art of creating the perfect cake-in-some-fancy-paper!

This party-pleaser was originally a bite of vanilla sponge (chocolate if you had been good) smeared with sickly sweet icing in Mom’s colour of the day and served at kid’s parties. Snotty toddlers on sugar highs would then lick off the offensive icing  take a bite of the cake and abandon the leftovers in the dirt under the swing for Rover.

Grey High School #koekntee

Grey High School #koekntee

Suddenly this sweet treat evolved into an ‘adult’ anomaly, with celebrity status – and would be the showstopper at any soireé, if you were a half-decent hostess. New, divine flavours unheard of by the common ‘housewife’ , popped onto the scene….from Salted almond brittle and creme brulee to #Tiramusu-with-a-twist.

Competition was fierce and everyone wanted a bite of the action. Non-bakers took classes, TV channels aired 24/7 in every home and even gym bunnies got fat.

These kitchen creations  were bedecked and bedazzled with pedigreed frosting and  (in)edible sugar trinkets that most kids refused to eat or, ironically, would prove to be a serious choking hazard. I will not digress further by going into the cost and logistics of trying to evacuate a fondant fuschia flower out of an eleven year old’s ear.

Of course, as each baker tried to outdo the next, win a car or create  life-like English roses with an ombré effect, the cost per cupcake soared. We lost perspective and common sense. We focussed on looks (colour, bling and expensive casings); and forgot about the inside – the CAKE bit. So the whole fad became a rather unpalatable affair and even avid cupcake converts began to wonder if it was not a tasteless facáde as plenty of these showpieces lacked substance. There was no real value on the inside.
At Tolbos, we have learnt that what is in a cupcake is definitely just as important as what’s on top. We use generous, tried-and-tested recipes. The sponge is soft, fluffy and full of flavour.

Ask for our fresh bakes daily.

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