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Coffee, A Drink of the World

Updated on October 29, 2013

A Good Cup of Coffee

Coffee Drinkers, the World Over

Coffee is the most celebrated and ingested drink in all of the world, besides plain water. 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world every day. It is taken straight up and black or combined with a wide variety of milks, creams, flavorings, sugar and sugar substitutes. When it is presented by coffee houses or even in the homes around the world, it is in dripped, brewed, or in Expresso form. Dripped coffee has the highest amount of caffeine. Caffeine is a white crystalline chemical substance that has psychoactive qualities that affects the central nervous system in those who consume it. It is actually a natural insecticide that kills insects that get on the leaves of the plants in fields and is a strong by-product of coffee. It may be removed, if so desired in order to market it as decaffeinated coffee. The use of boiling hot water is utilized in the decaffeination process.Coffee has been responsible in keeping soldiers awake and alert in times of war and helped cowboys in the old west in their driving cattle to market across the western plains. People who must work in late night time hours have found coffee to be an invaluable companion, along with their lunch boxes. Coffee is a social drink and a breakfast drink. Coffee is an anytime drink!

There are 6.7 metric tons of coffee produced in the world by countries in Asia, Africa, and South America. Its growth and use was begun in Ethiopia in the 15th century. Brazil, Columbia, and Vietnam are the top coffee producers in the world of all of the top twenty. There are two basic forms of coffee grown, Arabic and Robusta. The Arabic is the most widely grown and flavorful of the two. One addition to coffee is liquors and this kind is called"Irish Coffee". Arabic Mocha is considered the oldest cultivated coffee. It's berries are hand picked from the low bushes on which they grow and piled into containers and taken to processing plants, where they are dried or fermented in the careful processes that produce the highly caffeinated dry kind, or the fermented type which has more of the caffeine removed, as it goes through plant processing activities.The coffee is dried and the beans are placed in containers such as the cans that line our shelves in grocery stores. Some of the coffee is dry roasted and some is ground into fine granules and placed into their containers. The beans that arrive in stores around the world have to be ground by local machines are hand ground, to be used in homes to make coffee in the pots. A coffee filter is placed into the pot to hold coffee grounds and ground coffee is then spooned into the filter and its container. It is then sealed up and with hot water percolating or pouring over the granules, the liquid coffee mixed with an ample supply of water, is ready to be consumed, plain or in a wide variety of mixtures, as to suit the taste of the consumers. Instant coffee is more finely ground and takes up less space in the jars in which it is poured. All that has to be added is hot water in order to drink it. A wide variety of creams and mixes are on the market now and a great many flavors are available. These are in liquid or dried form.

Coffee is sold in Coffee Houses all across the world and is highly favored in this country of America as a great form of socializing. It is served in three primary forms,Caff'e Americano, which is served with jolts of hot water, Caff'e Lattte, served with steamed milk, and Cappachino, that is served with steamed milk and milk froth.Turkish ground coffee is more finely ground coffee and the French blend is more coarsely ground in the processing of this favored of drinks..When coffee beans are roasted at 200degrees F, they are given the cafeol oils that produce the aroma and taste. Coffee that is dried it has more caffeine and that which undergoes the fermentation process is most common in production. The drying method is when beans are placed on tables to dry and are dehydrated by the sun. The fermentation is when coffee beans are processed by using boiling hot water in dissolving and the results are that there is some of the caffeine depleted in the process.

Coffee's side effects are thought to be more beneficial than harmful. Studies have shown that coffee, when taken with Ibuprofen, can help headaches. Too much coffee(4-5 cups or more) can actually cause headaches. Coffee has been shown in some studies to benefit the heart, muscular system and liver, with its ingredients to prevent these problems from occurring, Heart disease is one of the greatest killers in the world and anything that can help control it is of great benefit to society, as a whole. Coffee can be a diuretic and can cause frequent urination.Too much caffeine has shown in research to cause problems in the pancreas and this is when the caffeine is consumed in greater quantities than normal. Coffee has been found to cause heart burn, especially in older people.

Coffee is said to stimulate appetite in some studies. It is a source of alertness and concentration and is especially helpful for people who may be driving or reading and wish to concentrate more effectively. It can help drivers on the roadways, such as truck drivers, in staying awake and being more finely tuned in on what they are doing in the late hours of the night and day. Coffee has often been called the "Social Drink" and is served widely in businesses across the world in coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, hotels, and most anyplace people congregate. It has been with us as part of our society for more than 500 years and will likely be around as long as we are, well into the future. Just as tea is considered to be a national drink in some countries such as in England and in Asia, coffee has become over the years, a national drink of Americans, as well as Asians, South Americans, and African people.The two most significant facts about caffeine in coffee and tea is that they have a natural built in pesticide and its effect in killing insects. Coffee's caffeine has been shown in recent studies to help prevent heart disease, muscle problems, and liver disease as well as preventing memory loss. There has been controversy, as in many studies that have effects on human metabolism and possible helpful side effects, and some findings are questionable in their definitive positive effects. Although these positive effects were confirmed in several studies and are not just rumor or assumptions, that are circulated by coffee drinkers who may be siting at a table in a coffee house, they are still questioned by the medical profession as established in granite.Caffeine is definitely a chemical that deserves more attention in research and has shown to be negative in combination with other chemicals that human beings may use. Like wine, when consumed in moderation, can be very healthy and reduce heart problems and promote overall good health, when used in more heavy amounts, creates alcohol related negative problems in the human body.It has to be consumed in moderation and this applies in most everything that human beings eat or drink. Coffee, may you live on, and thanks for being the fantastic drink that you are!


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      whonunuwho 6 years ago from United States

      I have not had a single red bug, flea, or any body lice in quite sometime. As for my chow hound, He has a lot of fleas, but does not drink coffee a heck of a lot.

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      wisdom press 6 years ago

      Nice article! I happen to hate coffee...seems like a waste of good water, if you ask me...but I'm pleased to know that caffeine is an effective bug killer. Does that mean coffee drinkers are bug free?

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      lundmusik 6 years ago from Tucson AZ

      I AGREE,, give me the JOE FLOW every day...

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      delmer47 6 years ago from Nebraska

      Now THAT'S what I was missing today!