It turns out that I wrote about coffee almost a year ago.
Well, I'm writing about it again.
There's no such thing as too much of a good thing after all...;)
I wanted to delve a little into the science and history behind coffee. After all, if I'm going to write a blog, may as well make it informative right?
Coffee is said to have originated in Ethiopia in the 15th century.
Incredible that a daily (hourly for some people) drink of choice for many Americans was discovered so long before America was even a country!
But before I get into all that, lets take a look at what coffee is exactly.
The coffee plant is a shrub plant that grows up to 10 feet tall. It first appeared in the African Nation Ethiopia, and was then introduced around the Middle East areas in Yemen. As time went on and people found that the berries, leaves and seeds all had energizing effects, interest quickly spread around the entire world.
The plant grows berries that are what's known as a stone fruit in that they have a small amount of fruit surrounding the seeds. Typically, there are two seeds per berry, but about 10-15% of the time a single seed is found. (There are stories that the single seed is better tasting than the "twins" but it's not proven)
There are apparently a few different stories about the first discovery of coffee's energy producing effects, but the most widely accepted story features an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi, who noticed that his herd seemed to gain a tremendous amount of energy after eating some red berries from a particular shrub.
He decided to try it as well and noticed a surge of energy. He took it to some local monks who at first rejected the plant but after throwing it into a fire, discovered an appealing aromatic smell.
(we all should know this smell by now)
After that event, the monks strained out the seeds and apparently made the first "Cup o' Joe".
From that point on, and possibly a few other events, the humble coffee plants fame quickly spread and became a staple of the Muslim world,.
The plant requires certain atmospheric conditions to really thrive. The environment in the African/Middle Eastern areas were ideal and it flourished
As far as the health benefits, the berry seems to be the most nutritious part and can be found in a number of health supplements and smoothie mixes.
The berry or "cherry" has a small amount of flesh which surrounds the seeds or "coffee beans". The chemical makeup of the berry contains a number of antioxidants and has potential life improving benefits such as reducing the risk of many chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
It also has the potential to improve brain health, lower blood pressure and improve your natural immune system.
Seems like a "Super fruit" to me!
As for the Coffee "bean", we all know it's high in caffeine, but it also has it's own host of health benefits.
Researchers have come to the conclusion that regular coffee drinking can help reduce problems associated with Diabetes, Parkinson's Disease, Liver Cancer and Prostate Cancer.
Sounds great to me!
I haven't even touched on the health benefits of coffee colonics........ And I don't think I will... You can look that one up on your own...
So there you go!
A little history of our most sacred beverage along with info on the health benefits, and below you will find some links if you'd like to pursue more information.
See ya soon!