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Coffee - Some Fact and Some Fiction

May 4, 2008
It is amazing that this mere beverage has been able to generate such a wealth of romantic tales. On it other face, it also is behind a hard driving business model that affects almost all continents around the world. It is truly a wonder. From its humble beginnings to the current pedestal it sits upon, this pungent and dark liquid has enriched, fascinated, cured and enthralled people the world over.

Legends abound about the origins of the coffee plant. We have found that the most constant historic information puts coffees' discovery in Ethiopia somewhere around 500 BC. From there, upon observing the stimulating effects of its berries, travelers brought it with them to Arabia, where it acquired the name.

The arts and sciences found their birth during the Renaissance. Along side their growth we find the world wide production and distribution of coffee growing also. Considered by some to be "a heathenish liquid' it was being consumed by people of every social class. By the late 18th century plantations and drinking popularity had spread this beverage to the Middle East, Europe, Asia,North and South North America.

History has been kind to coffee by ascribing the health effects of coffee as bordering on the miraculous. As with many acclaimed miracles, lets find the fact from the fiction. Studies have shown a reduction from cirrhosis of the liver. Asthma suffers have less sever attacks. Another study done at Harvard followed over 100,000 individuals for almost 20 years. Their conclusions were that moderate consumption of coffee can can help reduce diabetes.

As with wine, the antioxidants in coffee have been touted as helping keep hearts healthier, though debates rage about whether the pros outweigh the cons. Coffee is a diuretic and encourages more frequent urination, and some assert that the stimulation from caffeine leads to long term nerve degeneration. Caffeine withdrawal can lead to increased sleeplessness. And, caffeine is a natural insecticide.

But for good or ill - or both - coffee is here to stay. The economics alone virtually guarantee that, since as a commodity coffee is second only in dollar volume to oil. Whether traded on exchanges in London, New York, Hong Kong or Lima with over 400 billion cups consumed annually, this other 'black gold' only grows in popularity. It has been found that 63% of the world wide adults population drinks coffee occasionally, the total retail sales hovers near the $12 billion level annually.

Add to those figures the number of raw beans, grinders, roasters, brewers and cups bought for the home and the figures become astounding. With the rise in both basic commodity and specialty retail prices, the future for coffee businesses continues to look bright. Starbucks alone has over 10,000 outlets around the world.

Every corner it seems has a specialty coffee shop. These, however are not the only way to get your daily fix. There is now such a wide choice of blends and styles. Along with dozens of styles of home roasters, brewers and even home espresso machines. Espresso, was invented in 1901 and has grown in popularity ever since. You can get straight shots, long shots or double shots. What ever your pleasure you can make it at home.
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