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The World of Coffee - Knowing Its Uses and Benefits

Updated on February 12, 2013

Come on! Let's drink coffee!

Coffee drinkers can outnumber those who are non-drinkers. Most of my family members, relatives and friends always serve and drink coffee at home.

Since, I am lactose intolerant, I usually cling for a hot cup of coffee every morning in order to perk up my mood. I seldom drink milk due to the fact that I usually rush at the john because of its reaction in my stomach.

Coffee products are considered to be the most -selling beverage in every country. One can easily have an instant drink during recess or coffee break, whether you want it hot or cold

Coffee drinks abound in many eateries, from the street food stalls down to the posh restaurants worldwide.

Well-known coffee outlets will always include : Starbucks and Coffee Bean as the two of the most crowded hangouts or happy place for coffee lovers.

This hub centers on the world of coffee, how did it started and a lot more.

You'll be amazed to discover that many Filipinos are now being utilizing it, not only as a tropical drink but also a money-making industry.

Yes, it has lots of anti-oxidants that benefit our hearts and immune system, especially controlling degenerative disease, like Alzheimer's and also diabetes.

Let's consider the following benefits and uses of coffee.

  1. Coffee can be served hot or cold. There are many kinds of mixes that you can make at home, like the espresso (if you have the espresso coffee maker), froffee or frothy coffee (cold preparation), cappuccino (with milk and dash of cinnamon), and a lot more. Or you can settle of a basic black coffee only prepared at home or with teaspoons of sugar (brown or white) or you can buy at the nearest store for three-in-one (coffee-milk-sugar). You can also prepare the Turkish or Greek coffee prepared with a special urn. Here in the Philippines, we still roast our own coffee at home then grind, sift, boil and strain it. Although, the danger of adding bad cholesterol in our blood streams is at bay, it will be minimized once we filter it.
  2. Coffee is a very cheap or cost-less exfoliating agent. This is the best alternative when getting rid of those dead skin from our body. Instead of pumice stone that can cause abrasion to the skin, we can still utilize the used coffee powder that we put in the coffeemaker. With the filter paper, you can apply the wet coffee powder to your arms, legs, face, back and the entire body while it's still warm. The purpose will be doubled since you are massaging your body, making you relaxed and cleaning your skin from dead cells.
  3. Coffee as meat tenderizer or you can ask my sister or mother about it. At first, you will not believe me. Tea is expensive, so the most probable alternative is to drizzle the coffee juice into your marinading mixture for your beef, pork of chicken. Chemical reaction will take place immediately, shortening the time of marinating your dish. It helps!!!
  4. Coffee is also used as cake ingredient. Well, ever heard of coffee cake? I'm sure you do. Coffee caramel perhaps. eh? Instead of chocolate powder, we can also add coffee powder to our cake mix. It will add zest and a unique coffee taste to your home-made cake.
  5. Coffee wastes, such as bran and used coffee powder, are used as fertilizer and insect repellant. If you live in the city or urban center, you can always recycle the remains of your coffee. Don't throw it inside the bin. Instead use it as fertilizer on your potted plants and vegetable. It can also get rid of those mosquitoes that can cause sickness (such as dengue) when rainy season comes.
  6. COFFEE as an ELECTRICITY REDUCER!!! You can call me insane, but, it's been proven by professionals and business owners here in the Philippines. Although, it's not being promoted to the public, since it will cause income losses to electricity producers; it is not considered to be illegal since the method of putting the coffee on the cable of your appliances is legit. I'll explain to you this awesome use of coffee, later.

Meanwhile, you can relax and try some of the recipes I'll share here.

Enjoy the coffee. Let's drink!

The Road Map of Coffee

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It is said that in 9th century, an Ethiopian goat herder discovered the use of coffee but not recognized until the 16th century later.

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Sufi monasteries of Yemen showed tangible evidence on the cultivation of coffee trees during the 15th century.

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Persia or Iran also cultivated coffee during the 16th century.

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Turkey, former part of Greece, cultivated Coffea arabica and its varieties, one of known exporters of Turkish or Greek coffee, brewed using urn.

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American citizen opened a worldwide market for coffee.

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Italy and the rest of Europe cultivated coffee after 16th century.

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Indonesia and the rest of Asia cultivated coffee and it's considered one of the most important crops in the region,aside from rice,banana and coconut.

Coffee Barako in the Philippines (from Coffea Liberica variety)
Coffee Barako in the Philippines (from Coffea Liberica variety) | Source

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Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 30 min
Yields: Serves 6 cups.

Ingredients on How to make your Brewed Coffee at home

  • 1 cup dried coffee, (Coffee\a Liberica variety)
  • 1 piece filter paper, (for filtering coffee powder)
  • coffee percolator, (coffee maker)
  • frying pan, (for roasting)
  • wooden spoon, (for stirring)
  • 1 liter drinking water
  • coffee grinder


  1. Roast the coffee beans on the frying pan, with continuous stirring until done.
  2. Grind the roasted coffee in a coffee grinder.
  3. Put the ground coffee on the mouth of the coffee maker. Be sure to secure the filter first before adding the coffee.
  4. Put the liter of clean drinking water.
  5. Switch on the coffee maker. Wait for another 15 minutes until you get your first cup of home-brewed coffee.
Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 25 grams
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

Some of the most popular coffee drinks

  1. Americano: A single shot of espresso with about 7 ounces of hot water added to the mix. This is the counter-mix against those who can't drink a full espresso coffee.
  2. Black coffee: A drip brew, percolated or French press style coffee served straight, with no milk.Most of the Europeans like this. It's okay for me, too. There's no need to add sugar either. It's good for the cold weather.
  3. Cafe au Lait: It is akin to Caffe Latte, except that an au lait is made with brewed coffee instead of espresso. the ratio is 1:1 or one measure of milk to one measure of coffee.
  4. Cafe Breva:A cappuccino made with half and half milk, instead of whole milk. It is creamier but the foam will be less, unless you use whole milk.
  5. Caffe Latte:Essentially, a single shot of espresso in steamed (not frothed) milk. When you're in Europe, especially in Italy, the ratio will be 3:1 since latte means milk.
  6. Cafe Macchiato: A shot of espresso with steamed milk added. The ratio of coffee to milk is approximately 4:1.
  7. Cappuccino: Usually equal parts espresso, steamed milk, and frothed milk, often with cinnamon or flaked chocolate sprinkled on top. It will also depend on the order of the customer the dash of cinnamon will be lessen.
  8. Double, or Double Shot: This is two shots of espresso mixed in with the regular amount of additional ingredients. So, for example, if you were going to make a double hammerhead, you would put two shots of espresso into a coffee cup, and fill it with the drip blend, rather than the usual single espresso shot.
  9. Dry Cappuccino: A regular cappuccino, only with a smaller amount of foam, but steamed milk is omitted.
  10. Hammerhead: One shot of espresso, then fill the cup with drip blend. You can make it double, too with the same formula.

Recommendation: At , you'll find lots of tips on how to improve your knowledge about coffee, how to grow it at home and enjoy its benefits as well.

A short video following a coffee sprout through to shrub and harvesting of coffee cherries to sorting for export. Thanks to for the original pix.

Growing Coffee c/o skymtncoffee


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      Ireno Alcala 3 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Elsie Hagley: Thanks,Grandma Elsie. I hope you wouldn't mind me calling you that. It's an endearment. Coffee is part of our daily living here in the Philippines. I should have also include: rice coffee or sweet potato coffee. There are lots of innovation or ingenuity happening in our era that we often associate with coffee (from mushroom to that 'poop' coffee err java coffee). Health-alert campaigns that coffee should be avoided. But our body systems will always crave for this drink. I hope your hubby will also read this, even there's trouble going on in his mind.

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      Elsie Hagley 3 years ago from New Zealand

      Interesting hub. I never realized that it was good for Alzheimer's, my husband is suffering from that, he drinks coffee only two cups a day, as I'm a believer in moderation with coffee, maybe I should make him more cups of coffee, especially when he is having trouble remembering simple little things that he has done recently. Thanks, enjoyed reading it you have a great knowledge about coffee.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @OldWitchcraft: Whoah! How can I omit my response to you. Nah, I should have answered you earlier, but my forgetfulness took its toll from time to time, lol!

      Although, I can sleep after drinking coffee, most of the time. It doesn't affect my system if I'm really into a sleepy mode. :)

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Kathryn Stratford: Thank you for not roasting your coffee, lol! Anyways, here in the Philippines, we're used to it, especially the elders who always wanted freshly-roasted ones in the morning. :)

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      Kathryn 5 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I can't imagine roasting my own beans. I get the kind of coffee that is already roasted.

      I love coffee, so I enjoyed reading about it in your article.

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @faythef: I haven't slept with this hub, until I finished it. Obviously, I've been drinking coffee, late at :)

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      Faythe F. 5 years ago from USA

      great article..coming from a coffee lover.....

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      Ireno Alcala 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      @Hasha Vardana R: Thanks for really reading my hub. As an electricity reducer, some of the Filipino residents who are using the service of the national electric cooperative here in Manila, PHilippines are still adamant or doubtful about this new-found use of coffee.

      Is this some kind of scam, they'll react. But for those who took heed of this kind of coffee 'phenomena', they've been enjoying the 'fruits' of their efforts.

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      OldWitchcraft 5 years ago from The Atmosphere

      Coffee to slow the flow of electricity... that's very interesting.

      I've never used at as a tenderizer, either. I'll keep that in mind.

      I'm brewing a pot of gourmet coffee at this moment. I like to grind my own beans. I believe it is more economical and tastes better.

      I would like to add that the coffee grounds make a marvelous skin toner and conditioner. It increases the flow of oxygen to the skin.

      I use my grounds to mix in with potting soil and as a beauty aide.

      I'm curious about this electricity flow thing... I hope you write more on this soon.

      Thank you!

      I can't seem to vote you up! So, I'll give some extra accolades!

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      Harsha Vardhana R 5 years ago from Bangalore

      Coffee as an electricity reducer??? I am just eager to know.

      Thanks for many uses of coffee.

      But I still feel that it needs to be taken within limits. May be as a medicine!