Hi I am Dori, I love plant-based eating and ayurvedic beauty and wellness hacks. And I travel.
Even though this describes only a part of me, it definitely shapes my lifestyle here in Panamá. A life which includes traveling transatlantic to see my family, but also several trips a year to Panama´s Chriquí province to visit José abuelos and the numerous tías and cousins up there at the Costa Rican border.
So the other weekend – a long one due to several días de independencia – we took on the 5 hour trip to Boquete . It’s a lovely mountain village with Germany-like temperatures year round that not only features Panama’s highest volcano but the heart of the Panamanian coffee production.
Check out Francia – known as @coffeegirlpanama who inspired with her love of coffee from Chiriquí.
Speaking about coffee, this is another passion of mine. To the point that I call myself quite a coffee snob, as I prefer barista coffee. Or would never spoilt the delicious bitterness with sugar, syrup or other artificial flavours. Hot, steamy milk is allowed at time and yes, I do drink it for pleasure not for waking up or thirst.
But unconciously also for my health. Yes, the number one drink that is looked at as a drug can be good for your health in my opinion and from an ayurvedic perspective.
Did you know that “native Meso-Americans drank coffee, ate chocolate and smoked tobacco as medicinal herbs, sacraments and in shamanic ceremony, a practice that continues to this day? However, many non-native Americans consume these substances daily, without the adequate knowledge of their potency or effects on the nervous system.”
Yes, you read correctly.
BITTER IS BETTER
It is exactly the bitter properties in coffee (and chocolate and yes, tobacco) combined with its heavy and hearty quality that makes it a powerful herb – one that kaphas can experience to be beneficial and vatas or pittas should be careful with.
The bitterness is beneficial for a slow and sluggish digestive system and can work as an appetite-suppressant, a stimulant laxative but even more as a herb that stimulates peristalsis. This means that it promotes almost involuntarily contractions of the muscles in our digestive system to pass food and waste more efficiently.