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What You Need to Know About Coffee

Coffee is the third most popular beverage in the world, behind tea and water, and researchers estimate that 2.25 billion cups are drank every day throughout the world. The US population over the age of 18 is thought to consume 450 million cups of coffee each day, or over 50% of the population, or around 107 million individuals. However, it may come as a surprise to learn that Scandinavia has the greatest per capita consumption of coffee in the world, with Finns consuming an average of more than four cups each day.


 Due to its enormous appeal across many different cultures, coffee is the second most valuable commodity in the world exported by developing nations (after oil), with the sector making an astounding $60 billion yearly. You might believe you know everything there is to know about coffee, but you should reconsider because it has a rich history and several health advantages. To learn everything there is to know about this crazily popular brewed beverage, we have done extensive study.


The Kaldi Legend

The origins of coffee may be traced back to a goat herder named Kaldi in the Ethiopian highlands in the 15th century. According to legend, Kaldi was caring to his goats when he discovered that they grew more energetic and lively after eating the berries from a certain tree. Kaldi was intrigued and carried some of the fruit to the nearby Sufi convent. 

After looking at the fruit, the abbot made the decision to experiment on himself. He discovered after putting them into a hot beverage that it had energizing benefits, enabling him to stay up for longer than usual and engage in several additional hours of prayer. Though unintentionally, Kaldi had found the original coffee.

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spreading to nearby nations

Slowly, word of this brand-new, invigorating beverage, which is mostly used to improve focus and alertness during worship, spread to the nearby nations. Coffee beans were initially trafficked by Somali traders from Ethiopia to Yemen, where they were then transported to Egypt. It had spread throughout the remainder of the Middle East, northern Africa, the Horn of Africa, Persia, Turkey, and south India by the 16th century.

Coffee has established itself as a highly sought-after item in a significant portion of the world in as little as 100 years. It quickly became a staple of many communities' and economies' economy, leading to the establishment of plantations. Prior to being sent by the Dutch to the East Indies and the Americas, coffee first reached Italy and then the rest of Europe.

Try the Kenyan, Tanzanian, and Ethiopian coffee beans in the African Espresso Blend.


 The Battle Against Coffee

It's important to remember that coffee wasn't always embraced by cultures all over the world; in fact, it was once outright prohibited. The earliest of these prohibitions was put into action in 1511 when orthodox, conservative imams in Mecca prohibited coffee intake because of its stimulant properties. The Ottoman Turkish Sultan, however, revoked this restriction in 1524.

Similar restrictions were imposed in Cairo in 1532, closing coffee shops and warehouses that held coffee beans, but these restrictions were again lifted by municipal officials within a year. Then, in the 17th century, the Orthodox Church forbade its use in Ethiopia; this restriction persisted until the second half of the 19th century, when its use started to rise quickly.

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The Pope's Crucial Choice

The popularity of coffee intake later increased in 17th-century Europe, but the church once more opposed it strongly because of its stimulating properties. It was sometimes referred to be "the bitter creation of Satan," and soon the local clergy in Venice started aggressively denouncing the beverage and advising against drinking it.

This caused a great deal of debate, which finally prompted the clergy to request Pope Clement VIII's intervention and advice on the best course of action. He concurred, but emphasized that before reaching a final judgment, he must first drink coffee for himself. He found it so appealing that he decided to grant it papal sanction rather than forbid it.

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 A Society's Changing Catalyst

Coffee shops quickly evolved into hubs of social activity in major cities across Europe. Penny universities—so named because one could get a cup of coffee for a penny and participate in lively conversation—were established, specifically in England. There were more than 300 coffee shops in London by the end of the 17th century, and the majority of their patrons were traders, shippers, painters, and brokers.

These coffee shops were the birthplace of several enterprises, including Lloyds of London, which was founded at Edward Lloyd's Coffee House. Additionally, individuals started substituting coffee for the traditional morning drinks of the era—wine and beer—because they preferred to start the day awake and invigorated. Unsurprisingly, their job quality significantly increased, which inspired additional individuals to start using this technique.

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The State of Coffee Currently

Coffee is now grown and developed in more than 50 nations throughout the world, notably in Central America, South America, East and Central Africa, Asia, India, and the Caribbean. Coffee production provides a living for up to 25 million farmers worldwide, making it a significant contributor to the general economic climate of an area.

With more than 800 aroma- and flavor-influencing components, coffee is among the most complex alcoholic beverages; by comparison, wine has just about 150. Caffeine is present in it in rather high concentrations, stimulating the central nervous system. Although it is legal and uncontrolled in almost rest of the globe, caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive substance in the US, where 90% of people take it daily.

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An Emergence of a New Culture

A few businessmen from Seattle, Washington, in the US, started a modest coffee shop back in 1971. They chose the name "Starbucks" for it. Despite its modest origins, the brand swiftly gained reputation and fame. Starbucks is currently the largest coffee retailer in the world, with more than 25,000 outlets across 40 countries and yearly sales of millions of dollars.

The phenomenon known as "coffee culture" is currently widespread over a wide range of nations. Numerous wonderful and distinctive flavors as well as various "coffee rituals," such as Turkish coffee ceremonies and Italian espresso shots, are the result of producers and roasters in each nation developing various mixes to suit local tastes and preferences.

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 To "Coffee" from "Qahwah"

The Middle East, where coffee was originally found, is where the word's unusually lengthy evolutionary history began. Before the Dutch changed it to "koffie," it was first referred to as "qahwah" in Arabic and then "kahve" in Ottoman Turkish. It eventually became the word "coffee" in the English language, which we all use today, in 1582.

This is not, however, definitive because many individuals contend that the term has other roots. One such hypothesis holds that it came from Ethiopia's Kingdom of Kaffa, the location of its initial discovery. Since the pronunciations are so close, this seems totally logical. Interestingly, coffee is referred to as "bunn" or "bunna" in the Kingdom of Kaffa.

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Coffee Beans Come in Two Types

Despite the fact that there are more than 100 different varieties of coffee beans in the world, Arabica and canephora, which is more generally known as "robusta," are the two primary varieties used in the worldwide commercial coffee trade. The remainder are not mass-produced for export. Arabica beans make up around 75% of the world's coffee production, while robusta beans make up the remaining 25%. 

Contrary to common opinion, Brazil produces the most Arabica beans, whereas Vietnam produces the most robusta beans. Both are well-liked and may result in a tasty beverage, but there are some notable distinctions between the two, so most people typically have a preference. Here are the distinctions.

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Comparing Arabica and Robusta Coffee

Arabica beans are flatter and a little bit longer than robusta beans, which are more rounded, which is the most noticeable distinction between the two varieties of coffee beans. The flavor of the two varieties also differs: robusta beans are sometimes characterized as having a bitter or burned taste, whilst Arabica beans tend to create relatively mild coffee that tends to have a smooth, sweet taste with tones of fruit and sugar.

In addition, there are significant differences in the composition of the two varieties of beans: Arabica beans have a sweeter, more agreeable flavor than robusta beans because they contain roughly twice as much sugar and 60% more lipids. Additionally, robusta beans have 2.7% more caffeine than Arabica beans, which only contain 1.5%.

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So, Why Are Robusta Beans Used?

Having now discovered the differences between the two main types of coffee beans, it may seem obvious why most high-end coffee brands use Arabica beans. However, robusta beans still make up a quarter of the global coffee trade – and there are a few good reasons for this. Firstly, robusta beans are, on average, half the price of Arabica beans.

They’re also easier to grow, less sensitive to insects, and produce a higher yield compared with Arabica beans – providing a much more attractive price point for farmers. Consequently, robusta beans are often used for instant coffee, as well as in cheaper coffee blends as a cost reducer or filler. However, it’s worth noting that specialty robusta coffee, although not widely available, will usually taste as good as – or even better than – low-end Arabica coffee.
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From the Tree to the Supermarket

Neither Arabica nor robusta seeds simply grow quickly on trees and then get shipped around the world, ending up in local supermarkets and grocery stores. It may sound surprising, but it actually takes three to four years for the whole process to take place, from seed to cup. This complex process starts when the coffee tree flowers with fragrant white blossoms.

Roughly a year afterward, coffee cherries will have matured, which are then picked, usually by hand, during harvest. This is a long, arduous process – it takes approximately 2,000 cherries (which equates to 4,000 beans) to produce just 450 grams of roasted coffee. Once the raw beans are collected, it’s time to start the roasting process.
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Roasting Coffee to Order

Roasting is a temperature-controlled process used to turn green, raw coffee beans into the dark brown, fragrant beans that we’re all familiar with. Roasting times vary depending on the method and batch size, but, on average, the entire process lasts for approximately 10 minutes for small batches and around 16 minutes for large batches.

Most companies roast the raw coffee beans before they are packaged and sold; however, there are some companies, such as unroasted, that have a ‘roast to order’ offering. This is where the raw coffee beans are stored until an order comes through, then the required amount is roasted in small batches according to the specifications requested by the purchaser.
Try this Mocha Flavored coffee which is roasted to order.

The Taste Lies in the Roast

As a result, the roasted coffee that’s purchased is guaranteed to be fresh – in other words; you won’t be drinking coffee that has likely been stored on a shelf in a warehouse for months before it reaches you. It ensures a smooth transition from the roaster, to the grinder, to the package, and, finally, to the customer – as well as the freshest coffee possible.

There are four distinct categories of roasted coffee beans, which we’ve outlined here. The first category is light roasts, which are, as the name suggests, light brown in color. The overall taste is fairly mild because the bean is not roasted for long enough for the oil to gather on the surface. Typically, lightly roasted coffee beans have crisp acidity, bright flavors, and a mellow body.
Try this Caramel flavored coffee bean, which is roasted to order.

Taking a Medium Approach

Medium roasted coffee beans are brown in color and very rarely have oily surfaces – again, due to the short roasting time. They have medium acidity and body, with a well-rounded flavor profile containing the unique coffee flavor as well as the caramel-like sweetness of a longer roast. The taste is very popular in the US, often referred to as the “American Roast.”

Medium-dark roasts, with their rich brown color, are similar to medium roasts, just with a slightly stronger taste due to an increased amount of oil on the surface of each bean as a result of the longer roasting time. The aftertaste is considered by many people to be slightly bittersweet – a typical characteristic of the flavor of the coffee.
Try this Breakfast Blend which has a medium roast.

Going Dark and Deep

Dark roasted beans, meanwhile, have a rich, dark color and a lot of oil on the surface. Due to the long roasting time, the flavor is much deeper and stronger than that of lighter-roasted beans. They also lose more moisture, making them more single-note in flavor, less caffeinated, and less dense; consequently, they’re often used for espresso blends.

A blend is at least two different roasts from different regions that have been mixed together in order to create a unique coffee flavor profile. The whole idea behind making a coffee blend is to take the best qualities from different roasts from various regions to create a flavorsome, smooth, well-balanced coffee. They can be intended to be drunk both with or without milk.
Try this dark and medium roasted blend of coffee beans called the Cowboy Blend.

Blending for Optimum Taste

There are hundreds of different coffee blends that are produced, sold, and drunk throughout the world. Unfortunately, the majority of coffee makers and roasters keep the exact details of their blend a closely guarded secret. The story of the first known coffee blend begins back in the 15th century when coffee was first exported from the renowned Yemini port Mocha to destinations all over the globe.

As a result, the word “mocha” became associated with Arabian coffee (it’s worth noting that these days, “mocha” is the name given to coffee flavored with chocolate, which is somewhat inaccurate and inappropriate). Later, when the Dutch combined Arabian coffee with Indonesian coffee grown on the island of Java, the blend “Mocha Java” was invented.
Try this French Roast blend of the best African coffees with a bold, rich flavor.

Coffee Around the World

Coffee trees grow in multiple countries around the world. The optimum environment for strong growth and a successful yield is at high altitude in a tropical climate – conditions that are, in general, found around the Equatorial zone, between latitudes 30 degrees south and 25 degrees north. More than anything else, coffee trees need rich soil and enough moisture to thrive.

In Hawaii, the natural environment on the slopes of the active Mauna Loa volcano is perfectly balanced for coffee trees to grow. Young coffee trees are planted in volcanic soil, where it thrives. The end product – Kona coffee – is carefully processed to produce a delicious, aromatic, rich, medium-bodied coffee that’s enjoyed both nationally and internationally.
Check out a great single-origin coffee from Guatemala here.

South America’s Coffee Dominance

Brazil is officially the biggest coffee-producing country in the world. Plantations often cover areas of land that are astronomical in size and require hundreds of workers and produce huge quantities of both Arabica and robusta beans for national consumption as well as international exportation. Typically, Brazilian coffee is sweet and medium-bodied.

Ranked as the second-biggest coffee producer worldwide, southern Colombia’s rocky terrain makes it incredibly difficult to harvest and transport the coffee beans. Therefore, every element of the coffee production process requires maximum attention and care, the overall result of which being the production of a consistently good coffee bean. The flavor is, typically, mild and well-balanced.
Try the Mexican Chocolate flavored coffee with hints of chocolate, cinnamon, and vanilla.

Transcending Different Country Borders

Keeping to its traditions dating all the way back to the legend of Kaldi, Ethiopia is currently Africa’s largest coffee producer and the fifth-largest exporter of Arabica coffee in the world. In fact, total production for 2016 was 6.4 million 60-kilogram bags, of which approximately 3.7 million were consumed within the country. The rest were exported around the world.

As previously mentioned, the Dutch were initially responsible for transporting coffee beans from Ethiopia to Indonesia. Today, many of the larger Indonesian islands, such as Java, Sumatra, and Sulawesi, are renowned throughout the world for their high-quality, smooth-tasting coffees. Indonesian coffee is distinctive due to its rich, full-bodied flavor and one of the most popular blends.
Check out this Bali Blue single-origin coffee from the Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia region.

The Most Expensive Coffee in the World

Although there are many types of coffee that’s extremely cheap – for example, instant coffee mixes that contain a high ratio of low-quality robusta beans – there are also certain varieties that are astoundingly pricey. Kopi luwak, from Vietnam, is considered to be the most expensive in the world because of its unusual production process that’s unseen anywhere else in the world.

First, ripe coffee beans are fed to a palm civet – a type of wild cat. The civet digests the coffee beans and excretes them; the coffee beans found in the feces are then processed into coffee. It might sound disgusting, but it’s said to have a unique flavor that makes it one of the best coffees in the world. It sells for roughly $500 per pound.
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The Best of the Best

Following kopi luwak is Hacienda La Esmeralda, the second-most-expensive coffee in the world. In 2017, it scored a whopping 94.1 points out of 100 in a quality test during the Best of Panama competition. This high-caliber, fruity coffee sold for $601 per pound during an auction – although this was an unusually high price, it broke the record for the highest price ever paid.

Meanwhile, Colombian coffee Ospina is another revered – but expensive – variety of coffee, fetching approximately $150 per pound. Although the coffee beans are grown in fertile volcanic ash, which creates a unique taste with notes of nuts and caramel, it could be argued that the high price is a result of the prestigious and extensive history of the family that grows it.
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More Than What It Seems

Most people associate coffee with one thing in particular: caffeine. It may, therefore, come as a surprise to learn that coffee is thought to have multiple health benefits when consumed in moderation. Although decaffeinated coffee still has potential beneficial properties, caffeinated coffee is preferable, as a lot of the natural goodness is lost during the decaffeination process.

The first health benefit that coffee provides is an increased intake in fiber; to be specific, a regular-size cup of brewed coffee contains up to 1.8 grams of fiber, of which the recommended daily intake is 20 to 38 grams, according to The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. Therefore, a cup of coffee or two represents a relatively sizable portion of your daily fiber intake.
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Protecting the Liver with Each Cup

According to research available to view in the Archives of Internal Medicine, coffee can offer protection against cirrhosis of the liver – a late stage of scarring of the liver caused by multiple types of liver disease, including chronic alcoholism and hepatitis. This is because, according to The Hepatology Journal, coffee lowers the level of enzymes in the liver.

Meanwhile, a study by researchers at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center found that people who consume moderate amounts of coffee daily (one to three cups) have a 29% reduced risk of developing liver cancer (specifically hepatocellular carcinoma, which is the most common type). This shows that being a regular coffee can greatly benefit the liver in more than one way.
Try the Chocolate Hazelnut flavored bean.

The Fight Against Diabetes

According to research found in the Archives of Internal Medicine, coffee can lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Specifically, people who consume six or more cups of coffee per day had a 22% lower risk of developing the condition compared with non-coffee drinkers – again, good news for those of you who like to consume a lot every day!

A review of research initially conducted by Dr. Frank Hu from Harvard University showed that the risk of developing type 2 diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee that is consumed; although not quite as effective, decaffeinated coffee also offers similar benefits, decreasing the likelihood by 6% for each daily cup consumed.
Check out this delicious Cinnabun flavored coffee roasted to order.

Caffeine and the Brain

The European Journal of Neurology has presented considerable evidence that caffeine – and, therefore, caffeinated coffee – can significantly protect against the onset and development of Alzheimer’s disease. If more research can be conducted in the future to corroborate these initial findings, this could be a huge step forward in the prevention of the disease. It is suggested that the potential benefits increase along with the amount of caffeine consumed.

During another study conducted at the University Health Network in 2018, researchers isolated the compounds in roasted coffee that are thought to be responsible for preventing the build-up of a substance in the brain that is believed to cause Alzheimer’s disease, which could lead to major scientific and medicinal advancements. Obviously, the lowered risk of developing the disease is not applicable to decaffeinated coffee.
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A Natural Mood-Enhancer

Approximately 450 million people around the world suffer from one or more mental health conditions, with one of the most common being depression, which causes people to experience continuous low mood, low self-esteem, and loss of interest or pleasure. In extreme cases, it can lead to suicide. Remarkably, coffee has been shown to reduce the symptoms of depression when consumed regularly.

The Archives of Internal Medicine detail a 10-year study of 86,000 female nurses that showed a significantly reduced risk of suicide in those who drunk coffee on a regular basis compared with non-coffee drinkers. Another study, this time by the Harvard School of Public Health, found that women who consume at least four cups of coffee daily were 20% less likely to suffer from depression.
Check out this single-origin coffee from Columbia.

EHT Is a Secret Ingredient

For decades, the consumption of coffee has been closely associated with a reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease – a condition in which parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. In fact, the earliest study that suggested this was conducted way back in 1968. Since then, additional research has verified this claim.

One particular study revealed that caffeine combined with EHT – a compound found in coffee beans – lowered the risk of rats that were genetically predisposed to Parkinson’s actually developing the disease. Another study, this time in Sweden, supported this theory, showing that moderate coffee consumption reduces the risk of Parkinson’s developing even when genetic factors come into play. Finally, another study suggested that caffeine can improve the motor skills of someone suffering from Parkinson’s, thereby relieving symptoms.
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Drinking Your Way to a Healthy Heart

Regular coffee drinkers can also claim to have less chance of developing heart disease – one of the leading causes of death worldwide – than non-coffee drinkers. Researchers in Korea found that people who consume three to five cups of coffee a day are less likely to show the initial signs of heart disease; however, it should be noted that other dietary factors could come into play here, as typical Western and Korean diets differ.

Another study in Brazil showed that people who consume three or more cups of coffee a day usually develop less calcification in their coronary arteries, which can lead to heart disease. Furthermore, it’s been proved that coffee does not harden the arteries, even if consumed in excess (25 cups or more per day). Interestingly, studies suggest that people who drink two or more cups of coffee daily after having a heart attack have the least risk of dying from the heart attack.
Here is a Half Caff Blend of coffee which is available roasted to order.

Uncovering Coffee’s Neuroprotectant Properties

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a progressive, immune-mediated disorder that affects the brain and spinal cord as a result of severe damage to the protective coverings of nerve cells. Currently, there is no cure for MS. Coffee; however, it has been shown to offer protection against the development and reoccurrence of MS when at least four cups are consumed per day.

In a study published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, researchers outlined how they believe that this is because coffee can help to prevent neural inflammation, which is thought to lead to the development of the disease. It is also thought to have neuroprotective properties when consumed in a large amount over a period of five to ten years.
Try the Hazelnut Flavored Coffee here.

Kicking Cancer with Coffee

Additionally, coffee has been shown to reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer. This is true even with moderate consumption, which can reduce the risk by 26%, but the benefits increase with consumption – in fact, research shows that the chance of developing colorectal cancer decreases by 50% for people who drink more than 2.5 cups of coffee per day.

It may also protect those who consume it against melanoma – a type of cancer that develops, usually in the skin, from the pigment-containing cells known as melanocytes. A study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute showed that the risk of developing melanoma decreases with each cup consumed daily (i.e., the more coffee consumed, the lower the risk).
The Honduras single-origin coffee beans can be found here.

Additional Potential Health Benefits

Yet another health benefit that coffee offers to those who consume it is the prevention of retinal damage, according to a study by Cornell University. However, it’s not caffeine that’s responsible – instead, it’s chlorogenic acid (CLA), one of the multiple strong antioxidants found in coffee beans. A direct source of CLA to the retina is considered to be extremely beneficial.

Coffee also decreases the chance of developing gout – a form of arthritis caused by excess uric acid in the bloodstream. A large study of more than 50,000 men showed that the risk of developing the condition decreases with increasing coffee consumption – in other words, the more, the better! It is thought to do this by lowering uric acid levels in the body.
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Helping You to Smile Brightly

Coffee is often associated with the staining of teeth due to its rich, dark brown color – it’s not unusual for regular coffee drinkers to have slightly yellowed or browned teeth. Therefore, it may come as a surprise to learn that coffee is also extremely beneficial for your teeth in a number of ways that not many people realize.

Firstly, black coffee can actually help to prevent cavities from developing when it’s consumed on a regular basis. Brazilian researchers discovered that strong black coffee kills the bacteria on teeth that promote tooth decay; however, it’s important to note that adding milk or sugar to coffee completely negates this benefit, for the obvious reason that they contribute to cavities.
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The Key to A Healthy Mouth

Secondly, it is thought that coffee may protect against periodontal disease, a pathological inflammatory condition of the bone, and gum support (periodontal tissues) surrounding the teeth. This is a common problem for people around the world – in fact, it is estimated that nearly 70% of all adults have some form or degree of periodontal disease currently.

In its Dental Longitudinal Study, the US Department of Veterans Affairs tracked coffee consumption and dental health among a total of 1,152 men for 30 years, from 1968 to 1998. The study showed that coffee didn’t promote periodontal disease of any kind; instead, it actually showed a protective benefit. Moreover, coffee is thought to be particularly beneficial during the “maintenance phase” of periodontal treatment.
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Here’s to Longevity and Good Health

All in all, coffee has a plethora of health benefits, many of which are linked directly to specific conditions and diseases. Therefore, it can be argued that, in general terms, coffee contributes to overall longevity. This theory dates back hundreds of years in Greece, where it is closely attributed to longevity and good health. This belief has been corroborated by a number of studies that have been conducted in recent years.

Firstly, a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that women who consume coffee on a regular basis had a lower risk of death from factors such as heart disease and cancer, among others, thereby promoting a longer lifespan in general. Another study, this time published in the New England Journal of Medicine, showed that both male and female coffee drinkers were at less risk of dying prematurely compared with non-coffee drinkers.

Worldwide Agreement on Coffee’s Benefits

Other studies have confirmed these results; for example, one conducted in Japan, which found that men who drink three cups of coffee or more per day have a 24% less risk of dying early from disease. Another Japanese study, as well as one conducted in the US and one conducted in Europe, also found similar results for both men and women.

Finally – as if we needed any more proof on this matter – a study conducted by Harvard University confirmed that people who drink one to five cups of coffee per day tend to avoid diseases linked to premature death compared with non-coffee drinkers. The results also suggest that the health benefits increase along with the amount of coffee consumed.
Check out some delicious Pumpkin Spice coffee beans here.

Common Stances Around the World

As a result of the overwhelming amount of positive results regarding the potential health benefits associated with consuming coffee on a regular basis, in 2015, the United States Department of Agriculture published dietary guidelines that recommend doing so for better general health. It is advised that people consume three to five cups of coffee a day to reduce the risk of disease.

However, the report does stress that adding sugar, sweeteners, cream, or flavored creamers to coffee quickly negates the potential benefits it may provide; therefore, it is best to consume black coffee, or, if necessary, add only a small amount of milk. Currently, this viewpoint is shared widely around the world, with moderate coffee consumption generally regarded to be not just safe but also actively good for you.
Try the Mocha flavored beans here.

Getting to the Source

So, why exactly is coffee so good for you? The answer to this question is likely to lie in the high number of antioxidants that are naturally present in each coffee bean. These are substances that help to protect the cells in your body against free radicals, which are thought to play a major role in the onset and development of heart disease, cancer, and other diseases.

Just one cup of coffee contains more antioxidants than many types of fruit, including typical servings of grapes, raspberries, blueberries, and oranges – a fact that may come as a shock to you. Moreover, a study conducted by Monash University even suggested that roasting coffee beans further increases the natural antioxidant capacity of raw coffee beans.
Check out a great Cinnamon Hazelnut flavored coffee here.

A Word of Caution

When presented with the facts uncovered by in-depth scientific research, it’s undeniable that consuming coffee on a moderate but regular basis can be extremely beneficial in multiple ways. For the majority of people, it can be enjoyed as part of a healthy diet and lifestyle. However, it must be pointed out that this is not always the case for everyone.

Sometimes, coffee consumption must be closely regulated to avoid any health problems arising or being exasperated, mainly due to the high levels of caffeine present in each cup. People with certain heart conditions or a sensitivity to caffeine, as well as women who are pregnant, should avoid caffeine and, therefore, stick to decaffeinated products.
Try the Gourmet Donut Shop flavored beans here.

The Beans That Took the World By Storm

So, there you have it – pretty much everything that there is to know about coffee, including its history, current consumption around the world, and its potential health benefits. In conclusion, whether you’re a fan of coffee or you hate the taste, there’s no denying that it can be an integral part of a healthy lifestyle – and it can even keep potential health conditions or ailments at bay.

We can only finish off this article by paying tribute to Kaldi, the Ethiopian goat herder, for discovering the beans all those years ago, and his local abbot for making them into the drink that we know and love today. With so many people relying on coffee to start the day, it’s difficult to imagine a world without it.
Check out a tasty Caramel flavored coffee.