Coffee is the elixir of heart and spirit.

Coffee, once labeled “the devil’s drink” by the Roman Catholic Church in the  XVII century, is today the second most traded product in the world. And it’s not wonder. Nearly 1.6 million cups of coffee are consumed daily around the world.

And where coffee is most consumed may surprise you. You might guess Italy, but they’re only number 12 on the list. Finland, with a 12 Kg of consumption per capita every year, is the top coffee drinking country in the world..

Born in Ethiopia, notably in the southwest region of Caffa, of which the name was probably derived, this plant presents many different versions that explain the etymology of this word.

It is not clear if it is linked with the Arabic word qahwa (meaning exciting) or directly translated from the Turkish word kahve.

But who should we thank when we enjoy a nice cup of coffee?

According to legend, it seems to have been discovered by goats!

 

The legend says that the ethiopian shepherd Kaldi, after having grazed his goats, saw that during the night, after having eaten some fruits and leaves of a plant he still didn’t know, instead of sleeping were very nervous. So he decided to try that “mysterious fruit”.

And since then the humanity never stopped to enjoy it…

The first traces of the consumption of this drink outside the african land have been discovered in the Yemen (cerca del 1450 d.c.) while in Europa the “wine of Arabia” started to spread since 1650, before in Uk and after in all the capital cities of the old continent.

In 1734 the german composer Johann Sebastian Bach even wrote a ballad in its honor.

The “coffee house” were so successfull that the King Charles II, worried that people who met there could conspire against him, banned them in 1675.

It has been said a lot about this drink, about its good and bad properties but it always depends on how much we drink of it.

Is it true that this substance can bring to the death?

Yes, but this eventuality can only happen if we get around 80-100 mugs in a short period of time!

The story is that an Ethiopian shepherd named Kaldi noticed that , after grazing his goats and settling in for the night,, he saw that his goats wouldn’t sleep but instead would become rather nervous after eating some of the nearby fruits and leaves. He decided to try this “mysterious” plant and since then, all of humanity has been enjoying it.

The first traces of coffee consumption outside of Africa were in Yemen (circa 1450 AD), while in Europe the “wine of Arabia” started to spread in 1650, making its way to the United Kingdom and throughout all the capital cities of the old continent.

In 1734 the German composer Johann Sebastian Bach even wrote a ballad in its honor.

The “coffee house” concept was so successfull that King Charles II, worried that people who met there could conspire against him, banned them in 1675.

A lot has been said about this drink, both its good and bad properties. In the end, it always depends on how much you consume.

Is it true that this substance can bring about death?

Yes, but this can only happen if we consume around 80-100 cups of coffee in a short period of time!

A study published by the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sports (Vol. 17, Issue 4) showed how after drinking a cup of coffee an hour before a race, a group of cyclists improved their speed by about 2%.

Other scientific studies confirm that coffee not only reduces the risk of breast and prostate cancer but also has antidepressant qualities and can help burn excess fat.

Besides caffeine, there are over 1000 chemicals in this “magic plant” that have yet to be discovered.

There are a number of “alternative” ways in which to use coffee. We found that for only €20, you can take a bath in the Yunessun spa in Hakone, where you can  benefit from all the properties this black liquid has to offer.

Whether or not it’s an elixir for eternal youth has yet to be determined, but one thing’s for sure – Creme Puff, the oldest cat in the Guinness World Record book, must have drank a cup of coffee for breakfast every day of his 38 years of life!

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