Let’s talk coffee.

So I went to this local coffee shop with a couple of friends and when everyone order, the barista asked for my order. I looked at her and told her: “Sorry, I don’t drink coffee, I have more refined and delicate addictions than coffee.” Error… She ranted for about half hour emphasizing on how the most delicate and refined addiction possible was coffee. She started with how coffee is a processed embryo and how much has to happen for a great cup of it to get to your table. I wanted to reply something like “oh, but my addiction is more delicate because I drink baby’s blood” or something like that, but I was starting to get worried about my safety. At that point, let's say she was aggressively inspired.

As you may have guessed, I went home and started researching coffee and Oh my God! did you know that the most expensive coffee is from a feline’s poop?[1] Freaking civet cat poop… but even more interesting I found out that coffee has been banned at different times in history and that it is considered to be super healthy.

Let's start with the banning. Coffee was banned in Mecca in 1511 because it was believed to stimulate radical thinking. The clergy in Italy tried to banned it in the 16th century and labeled it as satanic, but Pope Clement VIII taste it and found it so tastefully that he tried to baptize it. In the 1623 Murad IV of the Ottoman Empire declared it illegal. If anyone was caught with coffee once, the punishment was a beating but if the same person was caught a second time the punishment was to be sewn into a leather bag and thrown into the Bosphorus’s waters. In Sweden was banned with its paraphernalia, so cups and dishes related to coffee were also confiscated and in 1777 Frederick the Great of Prussia issued a manifesto claiming beer’s as the drink for the Prussians instead of coffee, vaguely prohibiting its consumption.[2]

Since then coffee has been studied and the scientific reaction was way different. Some of the believed benefits include preventing type 2 diabetes, preventing Parkinson’s disease, reducing the risk of liver cancer and other liver diseases, and lowering the risk of heart problems.[3] Different levels of consumption are believed to lead to different results so you should verify what you want to accomplish and determine how much coffee is good for you and for sure you should never consider coffee as medicine.

Is interesting to consider that much of what we have learned about coffee does not come from our interest in learning about this particular substance but from our desire to drink it. There is much more to learn and there is much more research that has to be done but for now, it will keep being the world’s favorite drug.

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