The Delectable Taste and Potential Health Benefits of Koffie Kahve Qahwah Coffee
For hundreds of millions of people around the world, coffee is considered one of the most delicious drink, consumed hot or cold. In fact, coffee is the most popular beverage around the world. Moreover, coffee energizes people and is often consumed in the morning. The earliest proof of coffee being consumed by humans in the same manner as we make coffee today is in the middle of the 15th century in Southern Arabia. Coffee had reached the rest of the Middle East and North Africa, later spreading to Europe by the 16th century. Brazil is the number one producer of coffee in the world followed by countries like Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Uganda, India, Honduras, Ethiopia, and Vietnam.The word “coffee” entered the English language in 1582 borrowed from Dutch word “koffie,” which was borrowed from the Ottoman Turkish “kahve”, and in turn borrowed from the Arabic “qahwah.”
Coffee consumption around the world consists of about 150 million bags of coffee a year, roughly about 10 million tons of coffee a year. Finland is the number one consumer of coffee in the world, followed by Norway, Iceland, Denmark, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Canada. By world regions, coffee is most consumer in Europe followed by Asia, North America, South America, Africa, and Central America. Coffee drinks are made in many ways. Boiled coffees such as Turkish/Greek coffee, which is cooked in a special pot called Cezve or Briki/Ibrik, is very popular in the Middle East. In the Levant region this pot is called Finjan, which is usually made of copper or brass, but also stainless-steal or aluminum. Infused coffees include drip, French press, and cold brew. Espresso drinks include Caffè Americano, Ristretto, which is a short shot of espresso, and double-espresso are also very popular around the world, mostly in Europe and the U.S. In addition, you have various other types of coffee drinks including instant coffee (such as the Greek Cafe Frappé and Jacobs Velvet — which is one of our favorite instant coffee), flavored coffee, iced, and coffee infused alcohol drinks such as Kahlúa. Decaffeinated coffee which grew in popularity over the last few decades, mainly due to health concerns of over-consumption of caffeine, go through a decaffeination process that removes caffeine from coffee beans to lower their caffeine content.
The coffee would taste smooth to bitter depending on the bean variety, roasting type, and preparation methods. Starbucks is known for its bitter coffee. The most bitter coffees have been darkly roasted. There are two main varieties of coffee: Coffea arabica and robusta. All coffees contain bitter compounds; however, robusta is naturally more bitter than arabica. All coffees, no matter their quality, will become bitter if they’re are roasted longer and become darker. The main way to enjoy less bitter, more smooth coffee is to buy good quality specialty coffee either online or from a local roaster. If you buy bitter coffee, the only real way to get rid of its bitter taste is to add lots of sugar or sweetener. You can also lessen the bitterness by adding a creamer, such as milk. Moreover, making cold brew coffee will result in less bitter tasting coffee. Water needs to be hot in order to extract the bitter compounds naturally found in coffee. By brewing ground coffee with cold water, the end result is a much sweeter brew because there’s less bitterness. We would recommend reaching out to local coffee roasters and asking them about various choices from smooth (less bitter) to a more bitter taste, all depending on your taste. If you used Keurig coffee makers, we would recommend the following non-bitter coffees: Green Mountain Coffee Breakfast Blend, Dunkin’ Donuts Original Blend, and illy Coffee among a few of our favorite choices.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), brewed coffee from typical grounds prepared with tap water contains 40 mg caffeine per 100 gram and no essential nutrients in significant content. In espresso, however, likely due to its higher amount of suspended solids, there are significant contents of magnesium, the B vitamins, niacin and riboflavin, and 212 mg of caffeine per 100 grams of grounds. According to Healthline, there are a variety of possible health benefits from coffee:
- Improve Energy Levels.
- Help Burn Fat.
- Improve Physical Performance at the Gym.
- Contains Essential Nutrients including Manganese and potassium, Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and Magnesium and niacin (vitamin B3).
- May Lower Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
- May Protect From Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
- May Protect You From Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
- May Lower Risk of Parkinson’s.
- May Protect The Liver.
- Can Fight Depression and Make A Person Happier.
- May Lower Risk of Certain Types of Cancer.
- Doesn’t Cause Heart Disease and May Lower Stroke Risk.
- May Help Extend Life Expectancy.
Coffee is not used solely for drinks. It is often used as an ingredient in food and various recipes including appetizers, entrees, rubs, sauces, pastries, cakes, and desserts. No matter how you choose to enjoy coffee, you have many delectable choices.