It's Not A Good Morning Until a Mug Of Coffee is Served

My personal coffee mug that was given to me by a company I used to work for.
Every morning, I always want to start my day with at least a mug of coffee. This is the thing I like to take in before anything else. Actually I can't call morning a good morning until a mug of coffee is served before me. And I know, many of you guys out there also prefer the same thing.

Since coffee is one of the drinks I love, I made a little research on it to see what are the information available online for this kind of beverage. I wanted to know the benefits and not-so-good side  effect of coffee if there are any so I can manage how much coffee I should take daily. But prior to the research I did, I always make sure that I don't take more than two cups of coffee every day.

As per Nescafe Philippines website, there are two most common kinds of coffee, the Arabica and the Robusta. But I really wonder how many types of coffees out there in the wild. Read below about these two types of coffees.


Arabica is...

"If you’re a lover of gourmet coffee, you’re most likely familiar with the Arabica coffee bean, known for its aroma, acidity and low caffeine character.  

Arabica is more fragile than Robusta as it best grows in mountainous climates. This coffee plant is more vulnerable to pests and needs low pH soil, light shade, evenly distributed rain and a temperature of around 20 C (68 F) to thrive.  All of this, plus a longer growing cycle, makes Arabica more expensive to source.

Arabica is native to the southwestern highlands of Ethiopia, southeastern Sudan, Yemen and Kenya, hence the name Arabica – meaning “from Arabia”.  It is now grown in many regions of the tropics including Indonesia, Brazil, Colombia and others."

Robusta is...

"Which coffee bean wins the title of “most robust”?  If you guessed Robusta, you’re absolutely right!

As the name suggests, Robusta beans are more robust than the other main type of coffee bean, Arabica, and can be grown at low or high altitudes.  Robusta is characterized by a strong note, strong body and very little acidity. It is mainly grown in Vietnam, Brazil and Indonesia. "

Our very own's Kape Alamid is under robustas family of coffee (if you will). other variety of coffee, aside from Arabica and Robusta, is the Kapeng Barako which is according to the Wikipedia is a Liberica type of coffee that only grows in the Philippines especially in the provinces of Batangas and Cavite.

Did you know that about 200 years ago, the Philippines was the fourth largest coffee producing country in the world? 

Let's get down to the medical benefits and risks of the coffee we know and love.

According to researchers at the University of Scranton, coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the US. The research also added that only one cup or two per day appear to be beneficial. So I am happy to know that since that is my diet when it comes to taking coffee every day. One of two cups should be fine, but call center agents in the Philippines may seems to not know that and take more coffees as they can through out their shift just to keep themselves awake and working. Caffeinated or decaffeinated they both provide the same level of antioxidants.

You maybe asking what does an antioxidant do. These are nutrients which as vitamins and minerals as well as enzymes in our body that helps in chemical reactions. These antioxidants are believed to be playing an important role in out health system to prevent chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, Alzheimer's disease, Rheumatoid arthritis and cataracts and many more.

Did you know that coffee is the second most used products in the world after oil? 

Risks of taking too much coffee according to researchers at the University of Oklahoma, caffeine can cause anxiety symptoms in normal individuals especially those with pre-existing anxiety disorders. In addition, caffeine use is also associated with symptoms of depression due to either a self medication theory or a theory that caffeine itself causes changes in mood.

Another research study at the University of Nevada School of Medicine suggests that women who plan to becoming regnant should  should down in taking coffee as regular coffee may reduce the chance of becoming pregnant.

Let's just keep in mind that anything too much is not good for our health. Just take enough amount of coffee and you'll be fine. I really prefer super hot coffee in the morning where the sun is just beginning to appear on the horizon. I mostly enjoyed hot coffee whenever I am in the province where too far from the pollution and noise of the city. Where trees and birds are just surrounding me. When that is not possible, I also go to coffee shops and try their best selling coffee from time to time. How do you enjoy your coffee?

Sources:
http://www.nescafe.com.ph/coffee_plant_en_ph.axcms
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_coffee_varieties
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270202.php
http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/antioxidant1.htm
http://www.justaboutcoffee.com/index.php?file=facts

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