Coffee: a liquid that smells like fresh ground heaven.

Hey there! Welcome to another one of my articles with @thehoneyclub. Who doesn’t love a good cup of coffee? Coffee comes in various forms and flavors to suit our different tastes and likes. Whether it’s a part of your morning when you’re first waking up or a pick-me-up after a long day, coffee can be one of those little things that makes your day better. But have you ever wondered how coffee was discovered or the benefits it has? In this article, I will talk about the origin of coffee and its benefits to our body.

History
No one knows exactly how or when coffee was discovered, however there are many legends about its origin.

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An Ethiopian Legend: Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. According to the story, Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that his goats would become very energetic and did not want to go to sleep at night, after eating berries from a certain tree. Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink from the berries to help him stay awake during long hours of prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with other monks at the monastery, and word about the berries began to spread. Eventually, word reached east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula where it began a journey bringing coffee beans across the globe. (National Coffee Association)
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The Arabian Peninsula: Coffee cultivation and trade began on the Arabian Peninsula. By the 15th century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia and by the 16th century it was known in Persia, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey. Coffee became popular not only in homes but also in public coffee houses called qahveh khaneh which began to appear in cities across the Near East. People would drink coffee and engage in conversations, listen to music, watch performers, play chess, and stay informed about current news. Coffee houses grew so much in popularity they were often called “Schools of the Wise.” (National Coffee Association)
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Coffee Comes to Europe: European travelers to the Near East brought back stories of an unusual dark black beverage. By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent. Some people reacted to this new beverage with suspicion or fear, calling it the “bitter invention of Satan.” The local clergy condemned coffee when it came to Venice in 1615. The controversy was so great that Pope VII was asked to intervene. He decided to taste the beverage for himself before making a decision, and found the drink so satisfying that he gave it papal approval. Despite all the controversy, coffee houses quickly became popular in the major cities of England, Austria, France, Germany, and Holland. In England “penny universities” sprang up, called this because you could purchase a cup of coffee for a penny. Coffee began to replace the common breakfast beverages of the time- beer and wine. Those who drank coffee instead of alcohol began the day alert and energized, and not surprisingly, the quality of their work improved. By the mid-17th century, there were over 300 coffee houses in London, many of which attracted like-minded individuals, including merchants, shippers, brokers, and artists. (National Coffee Association)
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Plantations Around the World: As demand for coffee continued to spread, there was fierce competition to cultivate coffee outside of Arabia. The Dutch finally got coffee grounds in the latter half of the 17th century. Their first attempts to plant them in India failed, but they were successful with their efforts in Batavia, on the island of Java in what is nowadays Indonesia. The plants thrived and soon the Dutch had a productive and growing trade in coffee. They then grew the cultivation of coffee trees to the islands of Sumatra and Celebes. (National Coffee Association)
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Coming to the Americas: In 1714, the Mayor of Amsterdam presented a gift of a young coffee plant to King Louis XIV of France. The King ordered it to be planted in the Royal Botanical Garden in Paris. In 1723,a young naval officer, Gabriel de Clieu obtained a seedling from the King’s plant. Despite a challenging voyage- horrible weather, a saboteur who tried to destroy the seedling, and a pirate attack- he managed to transport it safely to Martinique. Once planted, the seedling not only thrived, but it’s credited with the spread of over 180 million coffee trees on the island of Martinique in the next 50 years. Even more incredible is that this seedling was the parent of all coffee trees throughout the Caribbean, South and Central America. The famous Brazilian coffee owes its existence to Francisco de Mello Palheta, who was sent by the emperor to French Guiana to get coffee seedlings. The French were not willing to share, but the French Governor’s wife, captivated by his good looks, gave him a large bouquet of flowers before he left- buried inside were enough coffee seeds to begin what is today a billion-dollar industry. (National Coffee Association)

Benefits:

.You could live longer.
Recent studies found that coffee drinkers are less likely to die from some of the leading causes of death: coronary heart disease, strokes, diabetes, and kidney disease.

.Your body may process glucose or sugar better.
Studies found that people who drink more coffee are less likely to get type 2 diabetes.

.You’re less likely to develop heart failure.
Drinking one to two cups of coffee a day may help prevent heart failure, when a weakened heart has difficulty pumping enough blood to the body.

.You are less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease.
Caffeine is not only linked to a lower chance of developing Parkinson’s disease, but it may also help those with the condition to better control their movements.

.It helps your liver.
Both regular and decaf coffees seem to have a protective effect on your liver. Research shows that coffee drinkers are more likely to have liver enzyme levels within a healthy range than people who don’t drink coffee.

.Your DNA will be stronger.
Dark roast coffee decreases the breakage in DNA strands, which occur naturally but can lead to cancer or tumors if not repaired by your cells.

.Your odds of suffering colon cancer will decrease.

.You may decrease your risk of having Alzheimer’s disease.

.You are not as likely to suffer a stroke.

*The amount of coffee has to be an appropriate and safe amount. It also depends on how much caffeine you are consuming a day.

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