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Confessions of a Coffee Addict; Raised in a “Coffee Cultural Society”

Updated on November 14, 2012

Confessions of a Coffee Addict

Confessions of a Coffee Addict; Raised in a “Coffee Cultural Society"

History of Coffee

The legends of Kaldi, the goat herder originates in the Ethiopian highlands, where coffee trees grow wild. Though uncertain, there probably is some truth to the Kaldi legend whose roots can be traced to the ancient forests groves on the Ethiopian plateau. It is said that Kaldi discovered coffee after noticing that his goats, upon eating berries from a distinct tree that resembles a bush became so energetic that they became restless and constantly moved around throughout the night.

After recognizing the effects he dutifully reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery who made a drink with the berries and discovered that it helped him stay alert for the long hours of prayer and study. Soon thereafter, knowledge of the energizing effects of the berries spread.

Coffee comes to the Arabian Peninsula

As word traveled east and coffee reached the Arabian Peninsula, coffee’s reputation spread like wildfire across the world. Coffee’s humble beginnings kicked off with the Arabians’ who were known as the first to cultivate coffee and also to begin its trade. By the fifteenth century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia and by the sixteenth century it became well known in Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey.

Long ago coffee was the preferred drink in homes and also in the many public coffee places -- called qahveh khaneh -- appearing in cities across the Near East. Coffee was traded and sold to European nations by the mid-to-late 1500's. Italy soon followed after possibly being inspired by stories from travelers, establishing her own coffeehouses - opening the first coffee shop in 1640.

Its popularity ranks only second to tea as the beverage most often preferred by consumers. This in part, is due, from Muslims forbidding alcoholic beverages. The Koran found coffee and its energizing properties an appropriate substitute. Consequently, the bitter, black, beverage with its magical entities spread to other nations.

As the popularity of coffee houses grew the black gold’s addicting effects took place and a new way of life began. Coffee houses today mimic the old gathering places where people engaged in conversation, music, business and social networking. Coffee has become a major commodity in countries around the world including; Asia, Africa, Central and South America and islands in the Caribbean and Pacific.

Now that we have explored the history of ‘coffee”, its origin, and how it influenced the world's beverage consumption - let’s examine some of the personal health affects coffee has on individuals. Listed below are some of the telltale signs of a coffee addict.

20 signs of a Coffee Addict

  • Coffee cravings; can drink a cup anytime during the day or evening hours
  • Know where all the coffee shops are in your city
  • Experience jitters after drinking coffee or have withdrawals without, such as headaches.
  • Morning cravings - java before food or other nourishment
  • Constant restroom breaks due to the diuretic you're drinking
  • All meals include coffee or coffee product
  • Dream about coffee
  • Start buying bolder, more robust brands
  • People have to water down your coffee in order to drink it
  • Friends make comments that your coffee could grow hair on their chest regardless of their sex
  • Take a trip to a foreign country and look for different types of coffee they sell
  • Have to get a second job to pay for your coffee consumption
  • Prefer coffee to sex
  • Get your caffeine fix with other coffee products including ice cream, cookies, cakes or chocolate-covered coffee beans
  • Turn your nose up at tea and other beverages
  • Coffee binges – don’t understand why coffee shops aren’t open 24 hours like some grocery stores
  • Cupboards are bare except for several large cans of coffee, creamers or sweeteners
  • You can sniff coffee from a mile away
  • Finding ways to afford your coffee; coupons, sales or blue light special at K-Mart
  • Start writing blogs and researching coffee on line

This blog was written to inspire all readers to explore their own addictions to coffee. Perhaps it will help you to recall your personal experience with coffee and share it with others. This information is shared to help us better understand why we have become a “Coffee Culture Society “. It further illustrates how our addictions are affecting our behavior. When all is said and done we can look to the 'Serenity Prayer' for help or relief.

Serenity Prayer

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change ... Courage to change the things I can’t ... And the wisdom to know the difference between a good cup of coffee or bad one!


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      cbpoet 5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Hello DrMark,

      I'm not sure if it's a sign of a true addict but caffeine affects people in different ways. Although it's a stimulant I can drink coffee right before bed and sleep peacefully all night too. What I dislike most about coffee consumption is that it stains teeth. I don't know about you but having my teeth whitened was the most painful experience.

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      Dr Mark 5 years ago from The Atlantic Rain Forest, Brazil

      Interesting hub. I smiled reading your signs of addiction, as I can never understand people who say "I dont drink coffee in the evening as it keeps me up." I always have a glass about midnight when I check my email before going to bed. Is that the sign of a true addict?

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      cbpoet 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      You're welcome. I look forward to reading it soon!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      I followed your prompt and have written a hubpage on Arthritis, Me and Coffee. Thank you for giving me the idea.

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      cbpoet 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Kosmo - Almost forgot about instant -no real coffee drinker could tolerate it. Happy New Year!

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      cbpoet 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Hello BlossomSB, I wish I could say that I'm reformed. Your comments are greatly appreciated. What's the link between arthritis and coffee? I look forward to viewing your blogs soon.

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      Kelley 6 years ago from California

      Hey, there's no such thing as a bad cup of coffee. Unless you count instant, of course. Anyway, I really like your 20 signs of coffee addiction. Some are very funny. Later!

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      A great story and well researched. I'm a reformed addict as coffee these days brings back my arthritis, but I still love that smell! My URL has nothing to do with coffee, rather with the Serenity Prayer. It takes a lot of will-power to say No to coffee.

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      cbpoet 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Thank you & welcome cabmgmnt and fellow caffeine addict ... Feel free to add your signs to the list!

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      Corey 6 years ago from Northfield, MA

      Loves your signs of coffee addiction as I am familiar with many of them I just love my coffee.