Coffee Is Everywhere

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Is there a country that doesn't drink coffee? Coffee is everywhere.
The history and development of the beverage that we know as coffee is varied and interesting, involving chance occurrences, political intrigue, and the pursuit of wealth and power.
According to one story, the effect of coffee beans on behavior was noticed by a sheep herder from Caffa, Ethopia named Kaldi as he tended his sheep around 600 AD. He noticed that the sheep became hyperactive after eating the red "cherries" from a certain plant when they changed pastures. He tried a few himself, and was soon as overactive as his herd. The story relates that a monk happened by and scolded him for "partaking of the devil's fruit." However the monks soon discovered that this fruit from the shiny green plant could help them stay awake for their prayers.
In the 500 or so years since then it has spread around the world and become an international trade.
Although you may appreciate coffee best as your favorite way to begin the morning or as a great conversation starter with friends and business associates, new studies are revealing impressive health benefits of coffee.
People who drink more than a cup of coffee a day are less likely to develop liver cancer than those who do not, Japanese researchers say.
A team at Tohoku University, a state-run university in Sendai, in north-east Japan, compiled the data based on a study of about 61,000 adults. Professor Ichiro Tsuji, who led the study, said the team has yet to pinpoint the substance in coffee which appeared to curb liver cancer. But he said coffee helped lower the risk of cirrhosis, and that chlorogenic acid, present in coffee beans, had proven in an animal study to reduce the risk of liver cancer.
The tendency to develop liver cancer was particularly prevalent among those who had had some type of liver ailment other than cancer in the past, who were 60 or older, and who had smoked in the past. The tendency not to develop liver cancer among coffee drinkers was consistent even if we analyzed their age, sex, and drinking habits.
Buying a pound of coffee used to be easy. But not any more. Coffee shops abound. They offer flavored coffees, imported coffees, coffees with snap and body.
Indonesian beans: Indonesian beans produced the heaviest, most full-bodied cup of coffee. Hailing from Java and Sumatra, the brew is thicker than most but not as aromatic. It is a good dessert coffee and very suitable to flavoring with milk and sugar.
Hawaiian beans: Better known as Kona, Hawaiian coffee is some of the most expensive in the world. Kona offers average snap and body but is in powerful demand worldwide because of its powerful aroma.
African beans: Growers in Africa produce a coffee of medium aroma and body with good snap. Those who like very flavorful coffees will like those from Kenya and Tanzania.
South American beans: Coffee beans grown in Central and South America are the middle of the coffee-drinking road, offering moderate body, aroma and snap. Most breakfast blends are made with American coffees, as are most flavored coffees.
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