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Bet You Didn't Know This About Coffee
tea was the leading hot drink for hundreds of years, coffee has rapidly
overtaken tea over the past few decades. No one has yet produced a
convincing reason why.
places in the world have an equal balance of tea and coffee
consumption. One always dominates. Maybe the reason has to do with
advertising by coffee companies. One company, Swiss multinational
Nestlé, has been particularly effective with advertising for its
nutritional, snacks and health foods. Nestlé controls over 25 percent
of coffee production in the world.
people know coffee for its caffeine. Tea also has caffeine, though not
as much, especially compared with brewed coffee. Caffeine was long
thought to be nothing but a mild stimulant. Today it is treated almost
like a drug in itself because of the way coffee stimulates some people,
relaxes others and actually enhances the effects of other products such
as pain killers.
may think of caffeine in terms of the popular energy drinks on the
market. Energy (I use the term loosely) from coffee was used in energy
bars by the Galla nomads of Ethiopia. They ground up coffee beans, then
mixed them with animal fat as an energy snack some time in the first
thousand years ago Arab traders brought coffee beans home from Africa
and boiled them to produce a drink called qahwa, which translates as
"that which prevents sleep."
people would not consider using coffee for health purposes. German
physician Max Gerson did, in the 1930s. He promoted the use of coffee
in enemas, to detoxify the liver, stimulate the metabolism and even to
the National Cancer Institute, the US government's main agency for
cancer research, says that Gerson's claims are unsupported, and the
American Cancer Society warns that illness or death could result from
use of contaminated coffee enema equipment, it hasn't deterred Prince
Charles. The British monarchy's heir apparent has raved about coffee
enemas. Amazon.com sells DIY kits for coffee enemas.
have searched for decades for ways in which coffee could be bad for the
health. They were disappointed in 2011 when the Harvard School of
Public Health reported after a huge study (48,000 men over 22 years)
that men who drank six cups or more of coffee a day had a 60 percent
of dying from prostate cancer.
Lund University supported the distaff side in 2008 when it reported a
study showing that drinking coffee lowers the risk of breast cancer for
women with the relatively common gene variant CPY1A2, which helps to
metabolize estrogen and coffee.
Swedish team got even more attention with its report that women with
the gene variant who drank three cups or more a day of coffee tended to
have smaller breasts.
following year researchers at UK's Durham University reported that
students who drank three cups or more each day were three times more
likely to hear voices and have out-of-body experiences.
Bach expressed his love for coffee in a cantata. With libretto by
Christian Friedrich Henrici, the Kaffeekantate was first performed in
Leipzig, Germany in the early 1730s.
that seems strange, check out some of the words of the soprano part.
"Father, don't be so severe!/ If I can't drink/ My bowl of coffee three
times daily/ Then in my torment I will shrivel up/ Like a piece of
roast goat." Kind of makes you want to watch that one play out, doesn't
show their devotion to coffee by spending $40 billion on it each year.
Over the world, people consume close to 1.6 billion cups each day.
may be best known for its coffee concoctions. Their grande (or medium)
16-ounce coffee has an amount of caffeine equivalent to 9.5 cans of
Coke. Yup, that in one "medium" cup.
greed for water goes far beyond what goes into each cup. Including all
the water needed to grow and process the beans, one cup of java
requires about 4,700 ounces, or 37 gallons.
is grown on mountainsides, with just certain conditions. Change those
conditions and coffee plants won't grow. Highland forests in Ethiopia
and South Sudan, where most wild coffee grows, may disappear as the
planet warms, according to researchers at London's Royal Botanic
Gardens. However, domesticated coffee production will be safe for a
that is, from warming. Not necessarily from disease. 70 percent of
coffee consumed today is produced from variants of the wild Arabica, or
Coffea arabica, the wild bean that stores most of the genetic
information needed to re-engineer coffee plants to produce beans under
different conditions. Industrial coffee monocultures are as much at
risk from one unanticipated disease as every other monoculture of
coffee grows already decaffeinated. Coffea charrieriana, found in
Cameroon, is the only variety known to grow without the stimulant.
love coffee cherries, the fruit that surrounds the seeds we roast and
drink. But don't send them away. A smooth and caramel tasting variety
of coffee is made from beans that made their way all the way through
the elephant's digestive system. Pre-hulled seeds are harvested from
the dung. But wait, there's more. Elephant dung coffee beans have been
known to sell for as much as $500 a pound. Yes, with two zeroes.
worry about coffee making your breath smell bad. Tel Aviv University
researchers revealed, in 2009, that adding coffee to a dish of saliva
actually inhibited the growth of a bacterium that causes bad breath.
Now, if you will excuse me, it's time for my coffee break.
Bill Allin is the author of Turning It Around: Causes and Cures for Today's Epidemic Social Problems, a guidebook for parents and teachers who want to grow kids who develop well in all ways, not just intellectually.
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