Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world, second only to water. In most countries around the world, coffee drinkers outnumber tea drinkers (with exceptions such as China, the UK, and Turkey), while in Japan, both beverages are equally popular. It is well known in many cultures that tea, specifically green tree, has numerous health benefits, but does coffee also promote good health?
The answer is probably yes. In August 2017, “Annals of Internal Medicine,” a leading scientific journal, published two large studies that, when combined, included more than 700,000 people. Both studies showed that moderate coffee consumption was significantly associated with lower mortality rates.
The history of coffee and its place in the world.
The coffee plant originates from Ethiopia and was first discovered sometime during the 9th century. Legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi discovered coffee when his goats ate the red berries from the tree. After that, the goats were seen to have a surge of energy and would not sleep through the night, leaving Kaldi tossing and turning in bed. Kaldi ate the fruit and felt his energy rise.
He shared his discovery with a local monastery, where monks boiled the fruits, but the brew was so bitter that the remaining fruits were thrown into the fire when consumed. However, when they attempted to roast the seeds, a sweet aroma filled the air, and they realized that the resulting product could be used to make a tasty drink. Some have argued that Kaldi’s discovery did for the world what Steve Jobs did for Apple.