There’s arguably no one alive today who has never had a cup of coffee – save for the toddlers and the people tucked away in the Amazonian jungle. A good chunk of the rest of the modern human civilisation relishes, enjoys, craves and adores this stimulating beverage.
In fact, it’s more popular than any alcoholic drink, and it’s only second to water and tea. And in case you didn’t know, the good roast that we all look forward to in the morning is a culmination of age-old science and extraordinary chemistry. If anything, roasted coffee beans combine more than 1000 different stimulating compounds responsible for its signature flavour and earthen texture.
Statistically, approximately two and a half billion coffee cups are downed every day around the day. Such a mind boggling figure. For a long time, lifestyle analysts and nutritionists were puzzled by the enigma behind that kind of sheer popularity of coffee. However, it is only recently that a group of them were able to deconstruct the unique natural ingredients behind a steaming cup of coffee and lower the veil behind the magic shrouded by a cup of perfectly brewed coffee. And believe me, you, the revelations are nowhere near what you might be tempted to think.
For starters, we all know that the goodness of coffee stems from caffeine. But what they won’t tell you is that a 200ml of a cup of freshly brewed coffee contains approximately 50 to 70mg of raw caffeine. It can even be double this amount if you consider that Robusta coffee contains twice as much caffeine than the usual Arabica.
But even so, the big question persists, why does taking coffee (especially in the mornings) feel so good?
Well, for starters, caffeine (coffee’s main ingredient) is absorbed and rapidly distributed in the body within less than an hour. Apart from being a smooth muscle relaxant, it’s also a muscle stimulant and is known to spike up the body’s metabolic rate. And even though it stimulates dehydration (diuretic in nature), caffeine is also known to be an endurance enhancer as well as central nervous system (CNS) stimulant. And far from that, coffee’s caffeine has a hand in stimulating gastric acid secretions, increasing plasma glucose and most importantly boosts the levels of free fatty acid concentrations in the blood stream.
But what most people don’t know is that unlike other beverages, the caffeine in coffee is also backed up by another well-known alkaloid – trigonelline. And although the content of trigonelline is less than that of caffeine in coffee, it still plays an important role in giving it the signature caramel, earthen taste we all look forward to every morning.
Well, that’s just a quick preview of what this platform aims at in a nutshell. In this blog, we will be focusing and highlighting on topics revolving around this world famous beverage. This includes interesting topics such as places you can find the best coffee, tips on how you can brew the best coffee at home, the numerous health benefits of coffee, etc.
In short, our principal aim is to come up with a closely-knit community of coffee aficionados and enthusiasts where we could share valuable tips, worthy concerns, unusual facts and the health benefits of coffee.