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coffee -- the aphrodisiac power of caffeine For adrenalin junkies, coffee’s aphrodisiac power is immediately evident. The drink is essentially the world’s most socially acceptable stimulant. In fact, its stamina-enhancing ability has led it to become a status symbol in certain cultures. Coffee excites not just the body, but also the mind and can elevate mood as it elevates other things. (I, for one, am more apt to get angry than get it on when my mood dips dangerously low). In scientific studies, it has been revealed that coffee can increase levels of dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with the pleasure system of the brain. One of the world’s cheapest highs, coffee influences the body in many powerful ways. It is shown to kick start metabolism for those looking to lose a few. And it helps with blood flow – an essential if you’re ever planning to take that energy rush all the way. Thanks to coffee’s skyrocketing in popularity, it is possible to get a good cup of joe almost anywhere. Good coffee should be fresh – reasonably recently roasted and ground. The style of the roast is a matter of personal preference, however, beans roasted to a point of almost burnt bring an unnatural bitterness to the coffee. Good coffees can be evaluated similarly to wine and should have a pleasing aroma, good balance of body and acidity and a reasonable finish. As with all good things, too much coffee can kill the stimulating effects. To experience the aphrodisiac power of coffee at its most optimal, I like to skip the daily brew for about 3 mornings then crawl in bed with a steaming cup on day four and start the morning with a little extra zing. According to Temptations by Michael and Ellen Albertson, studies show that coffee drinkers have sex more frequently than non-coffee drinkers and after trying my little experiment, I’ll just bet you’ll understand why!