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Facts a Coffee lover must know about his favorite cuppa

Feb 12, 2018

Facts a Coffee lover must know about his favorite cuppa
Facts a Coffee lover must know about his favorite cuppa | Credit: Chevanon Photography

The world is divided into two, ‘Coffee Lovers’ and ‘Tea Addicts’. And there have been umpteen number of debates over their benefits and harmful effects. Now, the coffee lovers have something to rejoice. Researchers say that too much of something is bad but if in moderation, coffee is found to be beneficial. Studies say that around four cup can save you from serious diseases and having upto seven cups is relatively safe.

Each day around the world, more than 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed and the British Medical Journal says that compared to non-coffee drinkers those who consumed three cups of coffee each day reduced their risk of being diagnosed with heart problems. Drinking coffee was also linked to a lower risk of dementia, diabetes, liver disease and certain types of cancers. Coffee also contains small amounts of vitamins and minerals and lots of antioxidants.

With such body perks shouldn’t one be drinking more coffee then? That is where we come across ‘Caffeine,’ in our cuppa. A naturally-occurring substance with a bitter taste that fuels the central nervous system, it makes us feel more alert. In moderate doses, it offers health benefits and increases mental alertness. But in excess, caffeine overuse can trigger a fast heart rate, insomnia and anxiety, among other side effects. 

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine says it takes about 30 to 60 minutes for caffeine to reach its peak level in the blood. The body typically eliminates half of the drug in three to five hours, and the remainder can linger for eight to 14 hours. However, the processing of the caffeine by the body depends on gender, race etc. Some people, particularly those who don't regularly consume caffeine, are more sensitive. So, how much caffeine is there in a single cup of coffee and how many cups is a person allowed to have per day? 

A morning cup of coffee gives us the right boost and energy to begin the day and the level of caffeine in your cuppa can depend on a few different factors, including the serving size, type of coffee and coffee beans and the way they are roasted.

A cup of brewed coffee contains about 70–140 mg of caffeine, or about 95 mg on average. Known also as regular coffee, brewed coffee is made by pouring boiling water over ground coffee beans in a filter. One shot of Espresso or the strong black coffee of about 30- 50 ml has 63 mg of caffeine. It is made by forcing a small amount of hot water, or steam, through finely ground coffee beans. Other popular drinks made from espresso mixed with milk of various amounts will also have the same amount of caffeine. Instant coffee is made from brewed coffee that has been dried.

To prepare instant coffee, simply mix one or two teaspoons of dried coffee with hot water. Instant coffee usually contains less caffeine than regular coffee, with one cup containing roughly 30–90 mg.

Another enlightening thing to know about Decaf coffee is that it is not entirely caffeine free. It may contain varying amounts of caffeine, ranging from 0–7 mg per cup, with the average cup containing 3 mg.

Let’s find out a little more information about our favourite ‘Cup of Joe’.

Caffeine is also found in more than fifty varieties of plants. Tea, Kola and Cocoa leaves also have caffeine.

Recent reports say Finland has the highest caffeine consumption. Followed by Norway, Iceland, Denmark and Sweden.?

It is quite well-known that Kopi luwak is the world's most expensive coffee. It has been produced from the coffee beans which have been digested by a certain Indonesian cat-like animal called then palm civet or also civet cat. But did you know that India, Asia’s third-largest producer and exporter of coffee, has started producing the world’s most expensive coffee? A start-up firm, Coorg Consolidated Commodities (CCC), has made a humble beginning by making the luxury coffee in Coorg, a place in Karnataka.?