Coffee shops abound in all major towns and cities, and even gas stations serve it. This beverage appears to be the caffeine fix of choice for the weary.
But the use of this magical bean as a refreshing beverage could be far older than you think. It may have been discovered in Ethiopia in the 6th century. According to an Ethiopian legend, Kaldi, a goat herder in Kaffa, a province, noticed that his flock appeared to need little sleep after they ate the berries of a certain plant.
Today, it is still part of our lifestyle. Supermarket shelves vie for consumer attention, and coffee pots can be found in kitchens, offices, and restaurants.
Besides the ubiquity of opportunities to drink it, there are now many flavors to choose from and many benefits to drinking it.
Let’s take a quick look at how to enjoy a good cup before checking out its many unexpected health benefits.
Brewing A Perfect Cup
Although there are many varieties of beans, most can be divided into two primary species: Arabica and Robusta.
Arabica is the most popular, accounting for most of the coffee produced, sold, and drunk all over the world.
Robusta beans are much stronger, for those who prefer a stronger flavor. In fact, it’s a bitter bean, and it’s best enjoyed in espressos.
Still, it’s not all about the bean. What you add to your cup makes a big difference to the satisfaction you derive from your drink. A dash of vanilla coffee syrup adds a smooth, sweet taste, and you can enjoy your drink hot or iced. You don’t even need to leave your home to get the same gourmet brand that you pay big bucks for at coffee shops.
The beverages can be made in a number of ways:
- You can drink it black. This is plain and straight from the carafe after brewing.
- You can consume it with milk and sugar. While cream or milk and sugar are most popular, variations include artificial creamers and sweeteners.
- You can enjoy filtering it. After placing the grounds in a paper filter and pouring hot water over it, it drips into the carafe.
- You can try special brewing methods. Two popular methods are percolated and French press. Percolated is made by cycling hot water through grounds, then using gravity to determine how strong you’d like it. French press is made by using a specialized brewer, which uses a plunger to press and separate the grounds.
3 Surprising Health Benefits
Here are some benefits, you might not have expected from this refreshing beverage.
- It’s great for workouts: While, you can, of course, drink it before a workout to get enthused about exercising, especially if you’re feeling sluggish after working all day, it’s also a great as a way to speed recovery. After a workout where you went all out and pushed yourself to the point of muscle failure, you’re going to be sore. Coffee can reduce as much as 48% of that post-workout pain.
- It lowers your risk for Type 2 Diabetes: It reduces type 2 diabetes mellitus because of its unique properties. The antioxidants, phytochemicals, and minerals in it appear to have a noticeable positive effect in reducing risk.
- It reduces depression: Although this benefit may appear intuitively obvious—after all, you do tend to get into a good mood after you drink a cup, this notion has now been backed by science. In a study of women prone to depression, a Harvard School of Public Health study found that women who drank four or more cups were 20 percent less likely to feel seriously depressed.
A Happy, Healthy Brew to Keep Western Civilization On The Go
Coffee has become such an intrinsic part of Western culture that we can’t remember a time before we consumed it. It has remained popular because it energizes and improves mood. While there has been some concern about drinking too much because it can cause jitters and heartburn, science is showing us that it may, in fact, be healthy for us.