4 tips to make the best coffee and much more

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Love coffee? Or should I ask- Can’t do without coffee? Because a lot of people can’t do without coffee. For some, that piping hot brown liquid marks the beginning of a day and the whole day depend on that dose of caffeine one took in the morning. Coffee is that much important to some people. In fact, it won’t be too much of an exaggeration to say that humanity itself, and not just individuals, can’t do without coffee- because coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth, after oil! So let’s talk coffee, and caffeine.

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Interesting facts-

– All coffee in the world grows in the bean belt-area. The bean belt area lies between the tropic of cancer and tropic of Capricorn.
– Originally coffee was eaten as energy balls- African tribes used to mixed coffee berries with fat to make these edible energy balls.
– In 1675, king of England banned coffee houses as he thinks that coffee houses are a suitable place to meet and conspire against him.
– A Belgian man whose name happens to be George Washington invented instant coffee in 1906.

From red to brown-

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Coffee berries are small red berries. After stripping the berries, inside is the green bean that is to be made into the actual brown coffee beans. The berries are picked and dried. Then they are roasted at around 500f. When it has popped twice, there is the brown coffee bean ready to grind, brew and drink.

What makes the best coffee

1) Good water- Distilled, softened, chlorinated and tap water makes bad coffee. Mineral waters or bottled spring water makes good coffee. Use activated-charcoal or carbon filters if you use tap water.
2) Don’t boil the water- Water just a few seconds before boiling is the perfect water for brewing good coffee. Boiled water extracts compounds in the coffee that makes it bitter and less pleasant. The proper brewing temperature is 200°F.
3) Freshly grounded- Coffee is best when used within days of being roasted .Coffees made from beans grounded just before brewing makes the best tasting coffee. Buy coffee supplies in modest amounts.
4) Good storage- Store coffee beans at room temperature in an airtight container away from sunlight. And don’t refrigerate or freeze coffee beans.

Caffeine overdose-

Although rare, it is possible. The amount of caffeine considered to be an overdose varies by a person’s size, age, etc. However, in general, doses greater than 10 grams can be fatal. But then you’d need to drink more than 85 cups to have consumed 10 grams as a typical cup of coffee has about 115 mg of caffeine. So, although not impossible, it is very unlikely.

How much is considered moderate amount-

200 mg to 300 mg of caffeine- the amount in two to three cups of coffee, is considered a moderate amount and is generally considered safe for most adults. In moderate amount, caffeine can improve attention span, reaction time, and other brain skills but in excess, it can cause brain fog.

Myths about caffeine-

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Contrary to popular beliefs-
1) caffeine is not addictive. It is a stimulant that excites the nerves cells of the brain. Although a regular coffee drinker might feel dependent on it and without it, might get a headache or feel fatigue, difficulty in concentration, nausea, and muscle pain.
2) caffeine will not help anyone who is intoxicated become sober.
3) caffeine does not generally contribute to dehydration. It may have a mild diuretic effect in people who do not normally consume caffeine but not for those who habitually consume caffeine. The body get used to the caffeine. In fact, like all beverages, it helps maintain hydration.
4) a recent study found that men are more caffeine sensitive than women.

Some facts-

1) Caffeine helps the body absorb headache drugs more quickly, bringing faster relief. Adding caffeine requires less medication for the same effect, reducing the risk for potential side effects and possible drug addiction.
2) Anti-aging products containing caffeine have been shown to help make skin smoother and reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
3) Older adults can be more sensitive to caffeine because it takes their bodies longer to process it.
4) Caffeine’s effects last longer than you would think. It takes 5 to 6 hours for your body to eliminate just half the caffeine content of a cup of coffee. So that cup of coffee you had in the afternoon can affect your sleep later that night.

Studies on caffeine-

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One French study found that women over the age of sixty-five who drank three or more cups of coffee a day were better able to recall words than women who consumed little or none. Another study showed that coffee drinkers may cut AD risk by up to 30%. Some other studies have shown that moderate consumption of caffeine may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s and other brain related disorders. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, anyone suffering from anxiety disorders should avoid caffeine because it can aggravate symptoms, which include exaggerated worry and tension.

 

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