Coffee Makes The World Go Round

All About Coffee

The United Kingdom has long been associated with being a tea drinking nation and as our previous article on tea shows, we live up to that reputation. But in recent years there has been a marked increase in the consumption of coffee.

The rise of American coffee company Starbucks and British counterpart Costa Coffee and the like can be attributed to some of this rise, but there is also a growing demand for home coffee machines such as Nespresso machines and Tassimo machines that allow you to get barista style coffee at home.

This trend is also increasing in offices, with plenty of office workers in the UK opting to have a cup of coffee instead of the traditional tea. So it was only fitting that we do a counterpart to our tea article that discusses the history and benefits of coffee!

Coffee Through History

Coffee has a long and varied history that is reputed to begin around 800 A.D. with the legend that Ethiopian goat herders noticed that when they fed their goats coffee berries they would become energetic. A local monk then tried this for himself by turning them into a drink and discovered that it kept him awake throughout the night!

Coffee has a long history

Coffee has a long history

After this, Arab traders began to cultivate the plants on plantations and for hundreds of years developed coffee as a drink. In the 16th century coffee houses began to appear across the Near East, these houses became places to socialise with each other, watch performers, listen to music and much more.

It travelled to Europe in the 17th century and once again, slowly began to take over as a popular beverage. Pope Clement VIII viewed coffee with great suspicion and it was only after he gave it the papal approval that it became more acceptable. It continued to spread throughout the continent and reached the British shores with coffee houses sprouting in the major European cities.

Ever wondered why Americans love drinking coffee so much compared to other countries? Well the mid 1700s was a tumultuous time for the American colonies and the British Empire as relations between the two soured immensely. One of the events that brought this to the fore was the Boston Tea Party of 1773 which saw colonists revolting against taxes on tea that was imposed by King George III.

They threw shipments of tea into the Boston harbour in protest, resulting in coffee becoming the patriotic drink of the United States and tea being relegated to the British!

So What Benefits Are There?

One of the most obvious benefits of coffee is that it keeps you alert and improves your energy levels. Consuming a cup of coffee can help you to feel less tired because of the caffeine stimulant. This is also an excellent benefit to help keep your brain in better condition for longer.

Coffee has many great health benefits

Coffee has many great health benefits

There have been studies that have found that people with higher levels of caffeine in their blood developed Alzheimer’s later than those with lower caffeine. As well as this, it not only keeps you awake but it can also makes your brain work quicker and much more efficiently, which as anyone will understand is crucial for those tired mornings in the office.

As well as this, caffeine can also help you to lose that nagging weight as it will help you to burn fat. It is a natural substance that has been proven to help fat burning as well as boosting your metabolic rate, ideal as a reportedly weight loss aid.

By drinking plenty of coffee you may also be reducing your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. The American Chemical Society found that those who drink coffee are at a lower risk of developing this kind of diabetes with those who drink four or more cups a day have a 50 per cent lower risk. Each additional cup also meant that there was a 7 per cent decrease.

Go Forth And Drink!

So now that we’ve given you just some of the benefits of coffee, along with a great brief history, why not go brew yourself a delicious cup of coffee and reap the rewards?

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