Growing Coffee

Many people underestimate how great coffee is and its diverse beneficial uses. More individuals should consider drinking coffee not only as a source of energy to get them through the day, but because of the superb health benefits it provides. Coffee goes as far as benefiting an individual both mentally and physically. The coffee bean is intriguing, the process in which it’s grown and cultivated is a fascinating process. “Its favorite locality, however, is hill sides, at an elevation of from 1000 to 3000 feet above the level of sea, and hence its wide diffusion, its extensive cultivation, and large consumption” (John, Crawford pg.50). Coffee is grown thousandths of feet above sea level, containing large amounts of beans, and creates a breathtaking scenery. It’s pureness and solitude above sea level allows this fruit to be wholesome and robust.  Coffee is unique and differs from many other beverages people consume daily. Coffee has become a way of life for some individuals to a point where they find it difficult to function properly without their daily cup of fine brewed coffee. From the average black coffee to the delicate yet intricate latte, coffee has become a necessity to people all around the world.

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Physically, coffee provides the source of energy needed when people are up early on the way to work, or getting ready for an intense workout. Depending on the type of brew and specific coffee beans used that will determine amount of energy you get. Personally, I love the variety of different brews of coffee starting from light roast, medium roast, and dark roast. The fact that you get to choose your intensity of the brew is remarkable, every individual can choose their caffeine intake to their liking assuring that every coffee lover gets their dosage at their custom amount. Coffee provides one of the best and natural energy sources for a human being. Instead of introducing a harmful array of man-made substances to one’s body, they can easily introduce natures energy drink and skip the high sugary carbonated drinks that fill the shelves at every gas station and supermarket.  “Caffeine also increases the release of catecholamines (such as adrenaline) via the sympathetic nervous system, which among other things can make your heart beat faster, send more blood to your muscles and tell your liver to release sugar into the bloodstream for energy” (Roberts, Susan. “Ask The Professor.” Tufts journal. N.p., 2009. Web. 08 July 2017).  This information is great because it states and provides how energy is produced in a healthy and natural way. When coffee is consumed prior to your workout, it helps double weight lost and increases performance.  “Following the ingestion of caffeine (Trial C), the subjects were able to perform an average of 90.2 (SE +/- 7.2) min of cycling as compared to an average of 75.5 (SE +/- 5.1) min in the D Trial” (M, Doherty, Smith P, Hughes M, and Davison R. “Department of Sport, Exercise and Biomedical Sciences, University of Luton, Luton LU1 3JU. mike.doherty@luton.ac.uk.” Journal of sports sciences. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 July 2017). Therefore in a physical sense, coffee provides natural energy, and aids in weight loss by providing an extra push of endurance for workouts.

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Ever have trouble trying to focus but you just keep getting distracted by random thoughts or what’s going on in the area? Coffee has been proven to help you focus mentally and even improves your alertness to your surroundings. “The caffeine in coffee acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system. Studies have shown that, depending on level of intake, caffeine can help to improve mental performance, especially on alertness, attention and concentration” (“Coffee and the mind – Coffee and Health.” Coffee & Health. N.p., 2017. Web. 08 July 2017).  If your studying or doing something important coffee can help you stay alert and focus. Working in the medical field, I have learned that coffee has been substituted with medications for those suffering with ADHD. Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder mostly occurs in younger people such as kids and teens, they act out of the ordinary and cannot focus at all. Though only used in some cases, this substitution is ultimately cheaper than high priced medications and helps families save money. Coffee acts a stimulate and helps people with ADHD focus much like other expensive medications would. Coffee does not contain chemicals like the medication prescribed to patients, and has no major side effects.

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As many people understand, coffee is a significant source of antioxidants. The antioxidants in coffee help and fight against many diseases like liver disease and even lowers the risk of developing Alzheimer’s. “Coffee is a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants. And studies have shown that it may reduce cavities, boost athletic performance, improve moods, and stop headaches — not to mention reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, liver cancer, gall stones, cirrhosis of the liver, and Parkinson’s diseases” (Carr, Alan F. “WebMD .” Health Care on the Internet 5.4 (2001): 75-78. Web. 8 July 2017). Apart from tasting delicious its good knowing that flavor isn’t the only thing amazing about this beverage. A great deal of doctors I have worked alongside with advice patients to drink coffee to aid their livers. However, like everything else on this earth nothing is perfect. Coffee does have side effects which many people have experienced including myself. When coffee is consumed beyond the limit recommended, it may cause nausea, anxiety, heart palpitations, and stomach pain. Although if taken with moderation, coffee is extremely safe and provides more health benefits rather than its negative side effects.

 

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Interestingly, coffee decreases the mortality rate primarily for adults who consume it daily. “Older adults who drink coffee—either caffeinated or decaffeinated—may have a lower risk of death than those who don’t drink coffee, according to a new analysis” (Harrison, Wein. “Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Risk of Death.” National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 30 Mar. 2016. Web. 09 July 2017). My grandparents have been drinking coffee their entire life since they were about 18. Today, they still drink up to 2-3 cups of coffee daily and are healthy mentally and physically at the age of 60 and 63.

Coffee is much more than an enjoyable beverage. Its benefits to the human body make it almost a medicine. It’s natural, comes with great taste, and is available to drink hot or cold with a variety of flavors. The coffee bean is complex, and though prices have yet to change on coffee I believe there is a high chance that it will not be as inexpensive as it is today. With developing data and research, coffee may further help with diverse health conditions in the future. Drinking coffee and understanding how others feel about it is beyond our imagination. “I think the misconception about coffee as a ubiquitous commodified thing, that just sits in your cupboard like sugar or flour, its widely available and inexpensive, that’s not what coffee is” (A Film about Coffee).

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           (A Film about Coffee).

“I think the misconception about coffee as a ubiquitous com-modified thing, that just sits in your cupboard like sugar or flour, its widely available and inexpensive, that’s not what coffee is”

(Carr, Alan F. “WebMD .” Health Care on the Internet 5.4 (2001): 75-78. Web. 8 July 2017).

“Coffee is a rich source of disease-fighting antioxidants. And studies have shown that it may reduce cavities, boost athletic performance, improve moods, and stop headaches — not to mention reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, liver cancer, gall stones, cirrhosis of the liver, and Parkinson’s diseases”

(“Coffee and the mind – Coffee and Health.” Coffee & Health. N.p., 2017. Web. 08 July 2017).

“The caffeine in coffee acts as a mild stimulant to the central nervous system. Studies have shown that, depending on level of intake, caffeine can help to improve mental performance, especially on alertness, attention and concentration”

(Crawford, John. “History of Coffee.” Journal of the Statistical Society of London, vol. 15, no. 1, 1852, pp. 50–58. JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/2338310.) (Google Scholar)

“Its favorite locality, however, is hill sides, at an elevation of from 1000 to 3000 feet above the level of sea, and hence its wide diffusion, its extensive cultivation, and large consumption”

(Harrison, Wein. “Coffee Drinkers Have Lower Risk of Death.” National Institutes of Health. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 30 Mar. 2016. Web. 09 July 2017) (Google Scholar)

“Older adults who drink coffee—either caffeinated or decaffeinated—may have a lower risk of death than those who don’t drink coffee, according to a new analysis”

(M, Doherty, Smith P, Hughes M, and Davison R. “Department of Sport, Exercise and Biomedical Sciences, University of Luton, Luton LU1 3JU. mike.doherty@luton.ac.uk.” Journal of sports sciences. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 July 2017). (Google Scholar)

“Following the ingestion of caffeine (Trial C), the subjects were able to perform an average of 90.2 (SE +/- 7.2) min of cycling as compared to an average of 75.5 (SE +/- 5.1) min in the D Trial”

(Roberts, Susan. “Ask The Professor.” Tufts journal. N.p., 2009. Web. 08 July 2017).

“Caffeine also increases the release of catecholamines (such as adrenaline) via the sympathetic nervous system, which among other things can make your heart beat faster, send more blood to your muscles and tell your liver to release sugar into the bloodstream for energy”

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