If You Drink Your Coffee With Sugar, Here's Why You Should Always Add It First

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If you take your coffee with cream and sugar, which ingredient do you add to your cup first? Coffee, then milk or cream, then sugar? Or perhaps cream, then coffee, then sugar?

The order makes a difference, according to Claire Lower, who pleaded her case in an article for Skillet after catching her boyfriend pouring cold half and half into his mug before adding the sugar. “My boyfriend was doing it wrong, and I had to tell him,” she wrote.

Her boyfriend’s approach is ill-advised, Lower explains, because of basic physics. Sugar dissolves more easily in piping hot liquids, and cream lowers the overall temperature of your coffee or tea. As a result, you might end up with a heap of raw sugar at the bottom of your mug, depending on how sweet you like your beverage to be.

Lower even backed up her argument with an experiment: “In an effort to quantify, I did a comparison where I added a sugar cube to an ounce of coffee and another sugar cube to a mixture of 3/4 ounces of coffee and 1/4 ounce of cold half & half; the sugar cube in the creamy coffee took 26 more seconds of stirring to dissolve than the sugar cube in black coffee,” she writes.

Half a minute can make all the difference when it stands between a non-morning person and their first cup of joe. There are a few ways to make sugar dissolve faster, though. Breaking up clumps of sugar, stirring your beverage, and yes, heating it up are all scientifically sound methods of ensuring your coffee reaches its peak before you take your first sip.

[h/t Skillet]

A New Jersey Pizzeria Is Using Its Delivery Boxes to Help Find Missing Pets

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John Howard/iStock via Getty Images

You might overlook dozens of “Lost Dog” posters nailed to telephone posts on a weekly basis, but would you miss one pasted to the top of your pizza box? One New Jersey pizzeria owner thinks not.

John Sanfratello, owner of Angelo’s Pizza in Matawan, New Jersey, is asking people from all over the state to send him their lost pet flyers so that he can tape them to his delivery boxes, CBS News reports. The idea occurred to him after his neighbor’s cat went missing: Though that cat has since been found, Sanfratello started to wonder how he could help reunite other lost pets with their owners. Since the pizza was getting delivered around the city anyway, he thought, why not add a message?

One patron of the pizzeria told CBS News she thinks the practice has “triggered a community effort by everyone” to pay a little extra attention to their fellow residents. And Sanfratello’s sister has also adopted the idea for her own pizza shops in Florida.

Angelo’s Pizza is currently spreading the word about two other missing animals: a cat and a Seeing Eye dog in training named Ondrea, who recently escaped her yard while chasing another animal. The German shepherd puppy has been lost for almost four weeks, and her owners said they’ve done everything they could think of—searching the woods, putting up flyers around town, and posting on Facebook—to no avail.

It’s a new spin on the old practice of printing photos of missing children on milk cartons, Sanfratello said. Though that may have fallen out of fashion in the late 1980s, Sanfratello has high hopes for this new partnership between pizza and pet owners.

[h/t CBS News]

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