Is Coffee a Health Hazard?
- "I think we all pray to the first cup of the day. It's a silent prayer, sung while the mind is still foggy and blue. "O Magic Cup," it might go, "carry me above the traffic jam. Keep me civil in the subway. Ang forgive my employer, as you forgive me. Amen".
- 1.7 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide each year.
- $80 billion revenue comes from the sale of coffee worldwide.
- 25 million people sustain their living by producing coffee.
- US is world's largest coffee-consuming nation. Other top consumers in the world: Germany, Japan, Italy, France.
Why is coffee popular?
- Chemical diagnosis of coffee. Coffee is a popular stimulant.People believe that "kick-starts" brain functions and keeps you more alert and active. The main ingredient in coffee that produces this result is caffeine.
- You start to get drowsy when the chemical Adenosine generated by daily activity combines with Adenosine receptors in your brain (Adenosine, Adenosine receptors).
- Caffeine keeps the two from combining by attaching itself to the Adenosine receptors (Caffeine).
- Caffeine induces the pituitary gland to stimulate production of Adrenaline which keep you with awake.
- Caffeine also increases the dopamine levels in your system and jerks you awake.
- Caffeine causes the brain's blood vessels to constrict, reducing the severity of a vascular headache.
- 1475. A place called Kiva Han in Istanbul started to serve coffee.
- It was legal in Turkey for a woman to divorce her husband if he could not supply her with coffee.
- Alcohol is prohibited in Islamic culture while coffee is an acceptable drink.
- Late 20th century. Coffee became the preferred drink of geeks and the creative professionals.
Your cup of Joe
- September 29th - National Coffee day celebrated in the U.S.
- Coffee consumption statistics in the U.S. (per day): 450 million cups of coffee each day, 2 out of 5 people need a cup of coffee to "start the day", and average espresso drive-through in the U.S. serves between 200-300 cups a day, average American drinks 3.1 cups of coffee each day, 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee everyday.
- Coffee consumption statistics in the U.S. (per year): Americans consume 150 billion cups of coffee in a year, U.S. coffee market - $18 billion, $4 billion worth coffee imports, US imports a third of the world's coffee production.
- Who's consuming the most coffee at work? The West - 51%, the Mid-West - 51%, the North-East - 64%, the South - 54%.
- Bean belt. Coffee is grown in over 65 countries in the world. Top 10 coffee exporting countries ("Bean Belt" - the region between the tropics): Brazil, Colombia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Guatemala, Peru, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland. Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world - 44 million bags of coffee produced each year.
Know your coffee
- Consumption around the world: 70% - Arabica (mild and aromatic), 30% - Robusta (full flavor and high quality coffee, 50% more caffeine than Arabica).
Potential health risks of drinking coffee
- 4 cups per day of decaffeinated coffee increased the risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis by 100%.
- Two cups of coffee a day increase the risk of miscarriage. Study by Dr.De-Kun Li (Oakland, California).
- Heartburn, dehydration and gastro-oesophageal reflux. Coffee is known to cause heartburn. Coffee promotes dehydration and gastro-oesophageal reflux.
- Sleeplessness. Coffee has traditionally been associated with loss of sleep, perhaps due to its stimulating effects.
- Osteoporosis. Consumption of coffee promotes increased excretion of calcium. Women who drink over 4 cups of coffee increase the risk of osteoporosis.
- Blood pressure.Consumption of coffee causes sustained elevated levels of blood pressure in people already suffering from hypertension.
- Cardiac arrhythmias. Coffee causes cardiac arrhythmias and increases the risk of intracranial aneurysm by 10.6%.
- Damage of arteries. Consumption of coffee is directly linked to damage of arteries. It causes stiffness of arteries and increases wave reflections.
- Blood cholesterol and LDL levels. Boiled coffee increases total blood cholesterol and LDL levels. Unfiltered coffee contains cafestol and kahweol, which are responsible for elevated cholesterol levels in blood.
Should coffee carry a warning label?
- "Caffeine, widely consumed as coffee, is the world's most popular mood-altering drug." - Roland Griffiths, PhD, John Hopkins University.
- 50% of Regular coffee drinkers experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop drinking coffee. Major coffee withdrawal symptoms: depression, insomnia, lethargy, fever, muscle stiffness, headaches, sleepiness, fatigue, constipation, irritability.
- Top 3 professionals who rely on coffee to get through a workday are Food Service Workers, Scientists, and Sales Representatives.
- 43% of professionals from across all industries believe they are less productive without drinking coffee.
Dunkin' Donuts. Career Builder.
Health benefits of drinking coffee
- Type 2 diabetes. 4 cups of coffee per day reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 28%. 6 cups of coffee per day reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 35%.
- Dementia and Alzheimer. 3 cups of coffee per day reduce the risk of suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer's disease by 65%.
- Heart failure and stroke. 2 American-size cups of coffee per day decrease the risk of heart failure by 11% and the risk of stroke by 10%.
- Skin cancer. Drinking coffee is associated with a decrease in the risk of developing the commonest form of skin cancer - basal cell carcinoma.
- Prostate cancer. 4 cups of coffee per day reduce chance of developing prostate cancer by 20%. Less risk of a lethal prostate cancer by 60%.
- Parkinson's disease. 3 cups of coffee per day reduce the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by 25%.
- Cirrhosis. Reduce the risk to develop cirrhosis by 80%.
- Coffee is 2nd largest commodity.
- In 1906, instant coffee was invented by a Belgian man living in Guatemala. His name was George Washington.
- "Cup of Joe". Comes from the GI Joes American military servicemen who were regular coffee drinkers.
- Coffee beans are seed found in bright red coffee berries that grow on trees.
- Coffee capital. Seattle is the "Coffee Capital of the U.S." with about 35 coffee shops per 100.000 population.
- Most expensive coffee. Kopi Luwak from Indonesia is believed to be the most expensive coffee in the world ($50/cup).
- Coffee candy. In Africa, coffee beans are soaked in water and mixed with spices to be served as candy.
- Banned on coffee. In 1675, Charles II, issued banned coffee houses because he thought they were places where people plotted against him.
- 1st espresso machine. The first espresso machine was made in France in 1822.
- Most preferred coffee. Timor Leste produces some of the world's most preferred coffee. Most of it is bought by Starbucks.
In our research, we attempted to get responses on Twitter from well known brands about coffee consumption risks
- No response (Coffee Bean, Starbucks coffee, Seattle's Best, Dunkin' Donuts, Cafe Coffee Day, McDonald's, Eight O'Clock Coffee, Speciality Coffee Assn. of Europe).
- Responded. "many recent studies find numerous health benefits from drinking coffee!" - Barista Magazines.
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