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From a Caffeinated to a Coffeeholic
“All you need is Love & a good cup of coffee”, is a line that I love even more than the coffee itself. If you possess just a little knowledge of coffee, you can brew and serve great coffee with a coffee press, espresso machine, or home brewer. The first impression of coffee is its smokey and herby aroma coupled with its sweet taste.
The use of coffee in human society dates back at least 1200 years. Most people begin their day with a cup of coffee. It is also common for people to finish their work each day with coffee. As a result, drinking coffee is a significant part of daily life today. Coffee is believed to be a leading force for scientists because of its effects on alertness in the brain
A Quick Introduction to Coffee
The history of coffee dates back hundreds of years. The first origin comes from Ethiopia, where a goat-herding farmer named Kaldi found that his goats were more energetic after he fed them berries from a certain tree. The second origin was from Yemen by Sheikh Omer who was known for healing the sick. After passing through the desert, Omer discovered some berries, which he roasted and brewed into a drink. He sustained for days after drinking this fragrant brown liquid.
Around the 15th century, coffee beans were brewed and roasted in a similar way to how it is prepared now. The Sufi merchants consumed coffee to stay awake for their religious rituals. By the 16th century, coffee had reached the rest of the world. Coffee plants are cultivated in over 70 countries. Currently, Brazil is the world's largest coffee exporter with around 39% of the world total. “Coffee” is derived from the Arabic word "kahwah", before being referred to as "koffie" by the Dutch.
Coffee arabica and Coffea robusta are the two most popular coffee beans. To understand the difference between the two kinds of coffee beans, let's look at the following:
|C. Arabica||C. Robusta|
Arabica coffee has a better taste
Robusta is bitter
Arabica is Less caffeine
Double caffeine content than Arabica
More expensive because arabica plants are more delighted.
Least expensive when compared.
If you are seeking a good coffee with better taste, choose Arabica and if you are seeking a coffee with a high caffeine content, choose robust.
Coffee beans are green until they are roasted according to our preference. The lighter the roast, the higher the caffeine content, and the darker, the lower.
Coffee appears to be dark in color, slightly bitter with a stimulating effect due to the presence of caffeine content. It is no wonder that seeing and smelling freshly brewed coffee is enough to brighten a person's day and to provide a boost of energy. Typically, coffee is served hot, but it is also sometimes served iced. Some of the top coffee drinks are espresso, cappuccino, latte, cafe mocha, americano, and cold-brew coffee. Apart from all these, flavoured coffee is also very popular.
Over 90% of the world’s population consumes “coffee” as their morning drink. In addition to improving your energy levels and making you appear smarter, coffee also helps you burn body fat and lowers the risk of heart disease. The consumption of coffee is not only a medicinal alternative but also a beverage that may have numerous health benefits. Your health benefits from coffee include:
- Coffee boosts your physical performance
- Reduces risk of cancer and many other diseases
- Coffee also contains essential nutrients
- Less likely to suffer a stroke
- Enhance long-term memory
- Promotes gastrointestinal function
- A decrease in heart failure risk
- Your liver will thank you
- Coffee helps you stay alert and focused
- DNA gets stronger
- Reduce Diabetes
- Processing of glucose takes place
How long does a cup of coffee keep you awake?
This is a question that's frequently asked everywhere about coffee. All my research led me to the conclusion that caffeine acts quickly and many people notice the effects within minutes and the effects last until the drug is metabolized by the body completely.
Caffeine is one of the familiar drugs that stimulate the nervous system. When it enters the body, caffeine raises the heart rate and blood pressure, increasing energy levels and improving mood. An individual cup of coffee can contain varying amounts of caffeine, depending on the type and method of preparation.
Caffeine vs. Coffee
The caffeine in coffee and caffeine in caffeine is totally different substances. Coffee is made by filtering roasted coffee beans through boiled water, while caffeine is a psychoactive drug that can be found in carbonated beverages and coffee.
Despite Coffee is an amazing beverage, high levels of caffeine can have dangerous side effects. According to one of the latest research, it was found that people who consume coffee intake around 173 milligrams/day. This is the moderate intake that helps to promote various health benefits. High doses of caffeine, however, can have unpleasant and even dangerous side effects, which include:
- Sleeping problems
- Digestive issues
- High blood pressure
- Rapid heartbeat and breathing rate
Other than these symptoms, vomiting, and hallucinations are also seen in extremely rare cases. By understanding caffeine's symptoms and its effect on the body, you will think twice before having a third cup of coffee. Finally, a slow reduction of caffeine consumption is the best method of eliminating it.
Decaffeinated coffee is another option for reducing caffeine consumption. People who are advised to refrain from having caffeine like pregnant women can opt for decaf coffee where the coffee is packaged and sold after the caffeine is removed. We could not say that decaf coffee is completely caffeine-free, as each cup contains about 0–7 mg. The amount in a cup of regular coffee, however, is much lower. It is a much safer and better alternative to reduce caffeine intake in our system.
20 Facts every Coffeeholic should know:
Lastly, let's talk about something interesting. In addition to all these fascinating details you have read about coffee, there are also some fascinating facts to learn.
- “Kopi Luwak”, the most expensive coffee in the world comes from cat poop.
- The ancient Greeks used coffee not just as a drink but as a social occasion. It was a pleasure to share coffee and exchange information.
- Coffee beans are actually the seed found inside a cherry-like fruit.
- The second most exported commodity in the world is coffee.
- The athletes from Brazil had to sell coffee on their way to the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932 to fund their trip.
- The smell of coffee can help you wake up in the morning.
- Once there was an attempt to ban coffee.
- It is extremely rare for Caffeine to cause life-threatening side effects
- The cream makes coffee stay warm 20% longer, which is handy if you are in a hurry to cool it down.
- The caffeine content of brewed coffee is higher than espresso coffee, but people tend to think that because espresso is more concentrated.
- Coffee producers expect their coffee bushes to bear fruit in two and a half years.
- New York City has the most coffee shops and cafes in the U.S.
- The only two states able to grow coffee commercially are Hawaii and California.
- It has been found that coffee drinkers tend to live longer.
- There are approximately 10 million tonnes of coffee produced each year.
- The world consumes 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day.
- Have you ever wondered why coffee words like espresso, cappuccino, and caffè latte are Italian? This is because espresso machines were invented there.
- It is customary in Italy to drink cappuccinos in the morning.
- Finland drinks the most coffee.
- The “Phrase Cup of Joe” comes from the US navy.
As a final note, my conclusion is that coffee lovers aren't really coffeeholic’s. They are rather caffeine-dependent or caffeinated.
Every coffee lover has their own version of the perfect cup.
So how about yours?
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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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