From its potential discovery by the legendary Kaldi, an Ethiopian goat herder, to being celebrated internationally in the month of October, coffee has grown to become a ritualistic lifestyle for many.
But have you ever wondered if there was more to that delicious cup of joe you drank this morning than just a kick of energy?
With over 2.25 billion cups of coffee consumed daily all over the world and scientific research behind the benefits of sipping on brewed arabica beans, it is becoming significantly evident that coffee contributes to health benefits, economic growth and society development.
Coffee-lovers can rejoice while they sip on their favorites as the cool kids from Dubai’s newest specialty coffee offering, Drop, list the marvels of coffee.
Debating diabetes with coffee
In the UAE, where 19.3 percent of the population suffer from diabetes, coffee may play a crucial role. According to an intensive research conducted by Dr. Frank Hu from Harvard, the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed, with decaf decreasing risk by 6%.
Coffee and weights, the perfect date
Drinking coffee before a workout has been found to improve gym performance. A research conducted by Coventry University in the United Kingdom discovered that a cup of coffee not only enhanced and boosted effective gym participation, but also improved manual dexterity.
A coffee a day keeps the Grim Reaper away
Earlier this year, a study that involved 185,000 people from different cultures revealed coffee increases longevity irrespective of race and lifestyle. The study, conducted by Annals of Internal Medicine, helped discover a stronger biological possibility for the relationship between coffee and longevity. It also concluded that heart disease, cancer, respiratory disease and stroke had a lower chance of occurring due to the consistent consumption of coffee.
Ethically sourced coffee instigates genuine relationships directly with farmers and supports fair payment. The elimination of a middle man and mutual understanding for quality beans at fairly paid prices helps enrich the farmers’ lives. This in turn helps lead to opportunities of better quality of life with possibilities of schools and education in a poverty-dominant environment. Also, an estimated 27 million people rely on coffee as their economic mainstay with an estimate of 197 hands that have worked to deliver every cup of coffee from seed to cup.
Cup of happiness
What’s better than an energy boost? A happy boost! According to a decade-long study on caffeine and its relationship with mental health, it was found that depression risk decreases with increasing caffeinated coffee consumption.
The coffee industry is always growing, always evolving, and always adapting. New ways of growing, harvesting, and processing are being explored on a daily basis. Coffee is a science to a very large extent, but is also a very niche art.