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Cups of coffee can perk up your life and makes you live longer

Written by Ade

Drinking about three cups of coffee a day could make you live longer.

Ade Ishola

Coffee is one of the most favourite drinks in the world just behind water. The commodity is also the second-largest traded commodity in the world just behind crude oil.

An interesting story has it that coffee is discovered by goat herders in the 9th-century who notice the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating the fruit of the coffee plant.

Coffee beans are the seeds, the pits of the cherry-like berries found on the flowering shrubs, but called “beans” because of the resemblance to famous legumes.

The coffee cherries can be eaten as food by mixing them with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball, while this pulp can also be fermented to make a wine-like drink.

There are two main types: Arabica and Robusta and Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world accounting for about a third of the world’s supply, and Vietnam is the second largest. The Finns are the biggest coffee lovers, with an average adult Finn taking about 27.5 pounds of coffee every year.

There are many myths around coffee including the talk about coffee being injurious to health. But in fact, coffee drinkers tend to live longer as research shows that moderate consumption (about three to four cups per day) of coffee can prolong life as well as reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes,  liver cirrhosis, Parkinson’s and dementia.

Also, studies have shown that coffee drinkers, with at least a cup of coffee each week have a 15 per cent reduced risk for depression and heavy coffee drinkers (with four or more cups per day)  are 53 per cent less likely to die from suicide.

These are other interesting facts about coffee:

  • The world’s most expensive coffee, kopi luwak, is produced from the faeces of an Asian palm civet, a cat-like creature that eats fruits including coffee cherries. Bring unable to digest the beans, the excreted seeds are used to produce a smooth, less acidic brew called kopi luwak, but the means of production has drawn criticism from animal welfare activist
  • Coffee with cream (milk) stays warm 20 per cent longer than ordinary black coffee.
  • Many countries have tried to ban coffee Saudi leaders in 1511, 16th-century Italian clergymen and in the 18th century, the Swedish government made both coffee and coffee paraphernalia (including cups and dishes) illegal. The reasons for these bans included the idea that coffee stimulate rebellious sentiment and is an intoxicant.
  • You can overdose on coffee if you take up to about 30 cups in a very short period of time. Too much coffee can also cause insomnia, restlessness, or a fast heartbeat, especially if consumed too fast.
  • Decaf does not mean caffeine-free coffee as a cup of decaf still contain some milligrams of caffeine.
  • One cup of black coffee is low on calories as a cup only has one calorie.
  • Ground coffee beans (leftover beans) can be used as skin exfoliators to can lift off dead skin cells, making skin feel smooth and look brighter.
  • Coffee is rich in caffeine, which is good for the body as it provides an extra energy boost.

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