It’s the afternoon, it’s sunny and I’m yawning. Time for coffee! But what’s the brew on coffee and your health?
I love coffee. Let me specify: I love specialty coffee, a.k.a. espresso and lattes! Whoever first discovered how to create a cup of java, I salute you.
Coffee has such an interesting history!
Did you know legend has it that Ethiopian shepherds first noticed the effects of caffeine when they saw their goats appear to be “dancing” after eating coffee berries?*
There are stories of coffee being a magical brew that sustained an exiled sheik in a dessert cave; of coffee seed smuggling out of the Middle East to India; and of it being deemed a “christian” drink in the 1600’s! In 1583, a German physician described it as, “A beverage as black as ink, useful against numerous illnesses, particularly those of the stomach.”
Coffee can do more than perk you up when you’re feeling tired. Research has found coffee to be a good source of antioxidants and decrease the chances of liver disease! Like everything though, this black, aromatic pick-me-up has it’s pros and cons…