Updated: Dec 25, 2019
By Ashley Williams
If you’re like me, you are absolutely, undoubtedly, extraordinarily, dramatically in love with coffee. If looking at coffee beans or even smelling coffee makes your brain explode into smaller coffee beans all over the kitchen floor or at Starbucks (embarrassing, right?) then yes, you are a coffee addict. If you still have your eyes closed while making your way to the kitchen to fix coffee first, then yes, you are a coffee addict. If everything about your day is going wrong but you go to the office break room to fix a cup of coffee and then your whole perspective changes, then yes, you are a coffee addict. Okay I have one more: If you cannot go a day without drinking a cup of coffee or if you do not mind staying in line for five hours at your favorite coffee shop to order coffee because you absolutely need it, then yes, for one, you are patient. Five hours is a long time. And two, you love yourself some hot and steamy coffee.
Coffee has been around for hundreds of years, stemming from an Arabian peninsula. As this mysterious dark bean started to spread throughout Eastern Europe, some thought this dark drink was “non-spiritual” because of the color and the popularity it was getting. One taste from Pope Clement VIII and he was sold. Ever since then, coffee has been a very popular international staple for drinking and for trading. Once the first coffee house opened in 1645 in Italy, coffee shops have populated all over the world.
So, yes, coffee has a deep and rich history but we should we love it so much? The taste? The versatility? Coffee, without loads of sugar, has great health benefits as well. Did you know that coffee is a natural diuretic? This means if you are not having the best “flow” of toxins, having a cup of coffee will definitely transition your bowels. Of course, the obvious reason for drinking coffee is caffeine. If you are like me, you are probably immune to caffeine because you have had about forty gallons of coffee a year since puberty. (If you are like me, please refrain from being this crazy.) But for anyone who is not a big coffee drinker, having a cup every now and again will surely give you the energy you are looking for. I don’t want to forget the antioxidants coffee contains and the ability to burn fat. So, while you are enjoying the great taste, remember how healthy and natural coffee is for your body.
I mentioned earlier that coffee is full of versatility. Not only is coffee versatile in how you make it but it’s also versatile in the different flavors. Coffee has different bean flavors such as Arabica, Robusta, Liberca, and Excelsa. Arabica accounts for more than half of the world’s coffee supply. (Remember when I mentioned coffee being founded on an Arabia peninsula?) Arabica coffee areas receive more rainfall because of the region that it is located. Robusta coffee has likely double the amount of caffeine compared to Arabica coffee beans. The area in which the beans are grown has a hotter climate as well. For all the chocolate lovers, Robusta coffee beans has a hint of chocolate in the taste. Liberica coffee beans are rare, fruity coffee beans that has a bigger size per bean and started its short-lived journey in the Philippines. Lastly, Excelsa coffee beans are similar to Liberica beans but gives off extra flavor but with a light roast. These beans are amongst the Southeast Asian peers.
Do you still need more information to have coffee has your best friend? Okay let’s name a few of the world’s favorite coffee drinks: cappuccino, Americano, espresso, macchiato, latte, mocha, flat white, ristretto, piccolo latte, etc.. Are you getting why coffee should be in your life? Think about the rich, bold taste of coffee and the different ways coffee can be made. Not only do you think about the versatile side, consider the natural health benefits it has. If I have not convinced you that coffee should be your partner in crime, then maybe I should do a part two to why coffee needs to be in your cabinets and pantries.
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