All about your COFFEE

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Coffee is one of the most popular beverage all over the world and it is known for its rejuvenating properties. It has formed an integral part of people’s life and many of us cannot imagine a day without it.Here are some of the interesting facts about coffee that we should know about it.

1. History.

2. Coffee- from fruit to drink

3. Health Benefits

4. Harmful Effects

5. Who should not drink.

6. Different Kinds of Coffee people make

7. Variety of Coffee Beans.

8. Nutrients present.

9. Things to keep in mind.

 

History:

goats - All about your COFFEECoffee’s history dates back to 11th century. According to a very popular Ethiopian legend, a shepherd named Kaldi found his goats frolicking and full of energy after eating the red fruits of the coffee shrub. He even got the same reaction after consuming the fruit. It was then termed as ‘a magical fruit’. Besides, people started boiling the leaves of the plant and the concoction was believed to have medicinal properties.

The earliest evidence of coffee drinking came from thesufi - All about your COFFEE Sufi Monasteries of Yemen.

By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East,Persia, Turkey, Horn of Africa, and northern Africa. It then spread to the Balkans, Italy and to the rest of Europe, to South East Asia and then to America.

Coffee reaches India in 1600 AD

In 1600 AD, Baba Bultan, a Sufi Saint went on a pilgrimage to Mecca. He discovered this unusual and refreshing drink there. He got seven beans secretively since the Arabs were very protective about their drink.

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Thee Seven Seeds were planted in the courtyard of his hermitage in Chikmagalur, Karnataka – the birthplace and origin of coffee in India. These plants gradually spread as backyard plantings, and later on to the hills of what is now known as Baba Budan Hills.

Coffee – from fruit to drink

fruit - All about your COFFEEOnce ripe the berries are picked, processed, and dried. Dried seeds or beans are roasted to different degrees depending upon the flavor required. Roasted beans are ground and brewed with hot water resulting in the beverage that we consume.

 

 

Health Benefits:

1. A big source of antioxidant.

These help you fight and protect against free radicals within your body. Antioxidants benefit everything from skin care to fighting against cancer.

2. Helps to prevent type 2 diabetes.

Caffeine when taken in moderation decreases your insulin sensitivity and improves glucose tolerance thereby helping in preventing diabetes.

3. Boost your physical performance.

It increases adrenaline level in your blood which prepares you for any physical activity. It also helps to reduce the muscle pain post workout.

4. Very good for your brain.

It alerts your mind and improves your memory. It increases your focus and helps in getting you charged up.

5. May decrease the risk of Parkinson’s , Alzheimer’s disease and even Dementia

There is evidence that coffee causes activity in the part of brain which is affected by Parkinson’s. It helps in significant growth of cells in brain.

6. Helps you cut fat.

 Coffee contains nutrients which helps the human body use insulin, regulating blood sugar levels and reducing your sugar cravings. It also helps to break down the fat cells in the body.

7. Helps you fight liver disease.

Coffee provides a protective layer on the liver. It helps you prevent liver diseases including cirrhosis.

8. Helps you protect your heart.

Coffee may support heart health by protecting against arterial damage caused by inflammation. There is evidence that coffee reduces strokes to a great extent.

9. Reduces suicide risk and fight Depression.

good3 - All about your COFFEECaffeine activates neurotransmitters that control mood and help you feel lighter mentally.

10. Reduces risk of cancers.

 One study has shown that coffee may decrease the risk of developing different kinds of cancer like prostate cancer in men,endometrial cancer in women, basal cell carcinoma (the most common type of skin cancer) and many others.

Harmful Effects:

Coffee does not harm you if you take 2 to 3 cups a day. However, when you take more than 4 cups, it might have hazardous effect on your health.

1. Insomnia :

It increases anxiety and disrupts sleep patterns, leading to a vicious cycle of restless sleep and daytime fatigue.insomnia 300x144 - All about your COFFEE

2. High Blood pressure :

Coffee increases blood pressure specially in those already suffering from hypertension and those who don’t normally consume caffeine regularly.

3. Indigestion :

 Drinking coffee on an empty stomach stimulates hydrochloric acid production. This reduces the body’s efficiency to produce the same which is required for digestion. Protein digestion in particular is affected by a lack of hydrochloric acid in the stomach and protein based foods can pass into the small intestine before being properly broken down. That leads to a variety of health problems, from bloating and gas to IBS, diverticulitis and even colon cancer.

 4. Drinking unfiltered coffee can increase total cholesterol:

Excessive coffee intake results in production of low-density lipoprotein and triglycerides. This might increase the risk of developing heart disease.

5. Risk of Dehydration: 

Coffee has a diuretic effect on your body and increases the frequency of urination.Diuretics generally block sodium and water reabsorption in the kidney more specifically in the proximal part of the tubuli thus increasing the final urine output.

6. Addiction:

Caffeine is a drug. Hence, consumers may become “dependent” on coffee to the point that they develop withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop drinking it.

7. Worsens Menopausal symptoms in Women:

It adds to the hot flashes and irritability to some women going through menopause.

8. Anxiety and other nervous system related problem:

Caffeine increases the heartbeat and excessive consumption may lead to anxiety, jitters, nervousness, irritability and even drowsiness.

9. Thinning bones (osteoporosis):

Drinking caffeinated coffee can increase the amount of calcium that is flushed out in the urine. This might weaken bones. If you have osteoporosis, limit caffeine consumption to less than 300 mg per day (approximately 2-3 cups of coffee).

10. Coffee and other nutrients :

Taking excess amount  affects iron absorption in your stomach and particularly your kidneys ability to retain calcium, zinc, magnesium and other important minerals.

 

Who should not take Coffee

1.People who are prone to heartburn: Drinking coffee can also irritate the lining of the small intestine, potentially leading to abdominal spasms, cramps and elimination heartbu 261x300 - All about your COFFEEproblems, often alternating between constipation and diarrhea. This condition is known as irritable bowel syndrome and more and more people are being diagnosed with it in recent years.

Acid reflux can be caused by coffee due to the way it relaxes the lower esophageal sphincter. This small muscle should remain tightly closed once you’ve eaten to prevent the contents of your stomach from coming back into the esophagus and burning its delicate lining with hydrochloric acid.

2.Pregnant women: Excessive consumption have been associated with early miscarriage or babies born with low weight. Caffeine easily passes through placenta.It interferes with Baby’s sleep cycle and acts as a catalyst for anti-growth.

3.Kids and Adolescent: Caffeine affects the central nervous system of a human being. Kids brain is more sensitive to caffeine’s affect. It disturbs a kids sleep cycle and interfere with the absorption of calcium (calcium is very important for a growing kid). It may often lead to hyper-activeness, mood swings and anxiety in children

 

Different Kinds of Coffee

NameBASEMORE INGREDIENTHOW DOES IT LOOK
EspressoFinely ground coffee beansNearly boiling water under pressure
Served in shots
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Ristretto3/4 th ounce of espresso but half amount of waterristretto 300x170 - All about your COFFEE
Cafe LateEspresso - 1 or more shotsSteamed Milklate - All about your COFFEE
CappucchinoEspressoSteamed Milk
Frothy Milk
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Cafe PiccoloEspresso - 1 shotA small amount of Foamed Milk gently pouredpicolo - All about your COFFEE
Cafe ViennaEspresso - 2 shotsWhipped Creamvienna - All about your COFFEE
Cafe MochaLatteChocolate Powder or Syrupmocha - All about your COFFEE
AffogatoIce-cream or gelattoEspressoaffogato - All about your COFFEE
Flat WhiteEspressoSilky and Flowing MilkFW - All about your COFFEE
Long BlackHot WaterEspresso - 2 shotslb - All about your COFFEE
AmericanoEspresso - 1 shotLots of Hot Water Americano 300x168 - All about your COFFEE
Turkish Turkish coffee powderCold filtered water
Sugar
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Black CoffeeCoffee powderBrewed in Waterblack - All about your COFFEE
Irish CoffeeBlack CoffeeDash of Whiskey
Whipped Cream
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Short MacchiatoEspresso - 1 shotSteamed Milk
Foam
Served in Layers
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Long MacchiatoEspresso - 2 shotsSteamed Milk
Foam
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Caramel MacchiatoEspresso - 2 shots
Milk
Vanilla Syrup
Ice
Blend all
Top it up with Caramel Sauce
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Cafe CortadoEspresso - a little less than 2 shotsFrothy MilkCafé cortado   Alfonso Salgueiro 266x300 - All about your COFFEE
Vietnamese CoffeeCoffeeSweeten Condensed MilkVietnamese Coffee 4253325735 200x300 - All about your COFFEE
VienneseEspresso - 2 shotsWhipped Cream
Shredded Chocolate
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FrappucchinoEspresso - 1/2 shot
Milk
Sugar
Flavored Syrup
Blend all with ice
Top it up with whipped Cream
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Iced CoffeeFreshly ground coffee beansIce
Milk
Maple Syrup (optional)
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Variety of Coffee Beans:

The beans vary in their size, shape, color and flavor depending on the region and conditions in which they grow. Most of them fall under these two categories :

ARABICAROBUSTA
Delicate flavorHarsh flavor
Less AcidicMore Acidic
Can only be grown at higher altitudeCan grow in lower altitude as well
Less CaffeineMore Caffeine
Susceptible to bugs and pestsDisease resistant
Very high mantainenceEasier to maintain
Oval in shapeCircular in shape
70% of world's production30% of world's production
Brazil is most significant producer Vietnam produces the most

Nutrients Present :

One eight-ounce cup of regular coffee contains about:coffee1 300x199 - All about your COFFEE

  • 2.4 calories
  • 0 grams fat
  • 0 grams sugar
  • 0.3 grams protein
  • 0.2 milligrams vitamin B2 riboflavin (11 percent DV)
  • 0.6 milligrams pantothenic acid (6 percent DV)
  • 116 milligrams potassium (3 percent DV)
  • 0.1 milligrams manganese (3 percent DV)
  • 7.1 milligrams magnesium (2 percent DV)
  • 0.5 milligrams niacin (2 percent DV)

Things to keep in mind while having coffee :

  • One should limit adding unhealthy things to your drink like cream, sugar, etc.
  • Always have it in moderation.
  • Avoid in empty stomach.
  • Choose the organic ones.
  • Always better to buy the beans and grind it at home.
  • Store the beans in an opaque, air-tight and in room temperature.

Its all about you. Different people have different reaction towards caffeine intake. You need to analyse how your body is reacting to your coffee.

So what’s your favorite cup of Coffee ? Do let us know..

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