It’s no surprise that we love our coffee and cake here at The Yorkshire Deli. We pride ourselves on serving damn fine coffee (Twin Peaks reference) and exceptional cake on a daily basis. The best thing, all of our cakes are homemade and our coffee is roasted in Yorkshire as well!

But the whole coffee and cake experience is something we need to embrace a little more of, science has even shown why! From bringing people together, which promotes increases in dopamine – a chemical used to make us feel better – to the positive benefits of caffeine – yes there are many – a slice of cake and coffee every now and again is just what the doctor may be ordering.

There are lots of reasons to have coffee and cake together, so, as ever we’re going to look at the science and also give you some wisdom from generations past as to why this should be part of your life goal routines!

They actually go together
Science has discovered that coffee and cake really do go together. It comes down to the effects of caffeine in how we respond to sweetness. Caffeine dulls these receptors and makes us crave for something sweet to go alongside it.

So when you grab a coffee and feel guilty for wanting something sweet, don’t feel guilty at all – it’s just what evolution has created. For those that do feel guilty, go for dark chocolate and sugar free varieties and remember, you can have just a slice – it won’t do any harm.

Benefits of sharing
If you’ve ever heard the saying, sharing is caring, then you’d be right to follow that rule. Sharing has multiple health benefits and whether you are sharing out a slice of cake, or using that time to catch up with a friend and discussing life generally, coffee and cake time can provide mental rest bite as well as feeling satiated afterwards.

Coffee & Cake mornings are a thing!
From the Macmillan trust who have pioneered a way to get people together in a difficult time of life to mother and toddler groups who want to get out of the house, having something to look forward to provides not only needed mental distractions but also something positive to focus on.

Health benefits of positive thinking can include a reduction in stress related illnesses, better psychological and physical wellbeing as well as decreasing the symptoms of common colds and making you generally feel better about your day!

The Germans do cake daily!
Ok, so maybe this is less of a reason to “do cake” but still, if the Germans are finding time to have cake daily there must be a reason – and their kind of is! It’s all part of their culture and as you may have cocktail time in France or apperitivo in Italy, in Germany, celebrating the traditions of cake and tray bakes in particular is a done thing.

Kaffeezeit or coffee time as it is known is a way to get family and friends together for a time of the day (usually on a Sunday) to enjoy a piece of cake together. It helps bring young and old generations together in the same room which encourages family bonding.

Business people in Germany will regularly schedule in “coffee time” to go over proposals and have a catch up with their counterparts in a more formal environment as well.