First Blog Post

Welcome!

Greetings everyone.  This blog is dedicated to coffee lovers, as well as those health conscious consumers in the community.  While the media seems divided between the pros versus the cons of coffee, this blog will focus  on the multiple benefits of drinking coffee.  I will look at the different aspects impacted by coffee consumption such as:

  1. mental
  2. physical
  3. social 

In between those postings, I will also provide some easy tips on how you can brew your own coffee at home (like a professional).

Don’t Have Time for the Blog?

Check out the “Bonus” section of the blog where I will post neat pics and film clips of famous coffee scenes in cinema.

How Did It Start?

My first memory of drinking coffee was when I was 11 years old.   I remember feeling like such a grown up.  Of course, my coffee was more like a cup of milk with two large tablespoons of a dark liquid, roasted coffee and two (equally) heaping teaspoons of sugar.  It was delicious and sweet.  Little did I know that this would turn into a life long ritual which would continue to mark one of the most sublime highlights of my mornings.

And so that is how my adventure would begin…

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Who Am I?

My family immigrated to the US from Costa Rica and I have been drinking coffee for many decades.  Needless to say, Costa Rican coffee was not easy to come by in Louisiana, when I was growing up. (Still, I have to add that New Orleans’ world famous chicory roasted coffee was readily available throughout the French Quarter.)  So whenever we had a family member fly in, you could be sure that at least half of his suitcase would be packed with this prized Central American coffee bean.

Anyone who loves coffee knows that Costa Rica produces some of the world’s finest coffee beans.  They have a privileged history of planting and harvesting coffee beans which dates as far back as 1779.

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Not sure if you have ever tried a Costa Rican coffee before?  Well, next time you stop by Starbucks, ask for Tarrazu’ Geisha coffee.  That will give you a chance to sample it.  It is a bit on the pricey side, but well worth the experience.  Here is what starbucksmelody.com has to say about this blend:

Geisha coffee is…an heirloom varietal.  This means the stock is very pure, and has not been hybridized or altered…farmers in Costa Rica imported the seeds in the 1950’s…This varietal produces far fewer coffee cherries than a typical coffee tree.  Each cherry has a lot more flavor than the usual coffee cherry.  The trees’ low yield allows for more of the soil’s nutrients to reach each cherry, intensifying the coffee’s vibrant flavors.”

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Just the Facts and Nothing but the Facts

From UNLV campus to the Las Vegas strip, coffee shops are everywhere.  So this made me wonder just how many people are really drinking this elixir?

Well, the figures that I uncovered through the National Coffee Drinking Trends 2010, National Coffee Association Report revealed an astounding figure.  It indicated that at least  54% of Americans (over the age of 18) consume coffee.

So my next question was – how much do we consume on a day to day basis?  I found out that the average person (myself included) drinks about 3.1 cups per day!

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A Few Physical Benefits

You know the saying – if it is too good to be true it probably isn’t?  Well, I want to show you that in the case of coffee, it isn’t so.  Coffee not only tastes great but it is also good for your body and soul.  How so?

For starters, Mayo Clinic research discovered that a moderate amount of caffeine can have positive effects on a person’s body and mind.  Studies also highlight that caffeine (found in coffee) may even help improve memory and increase levels of concentration.  This clears up the mystery of why students so often gravitate towards caffeine during final exams.

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How Much of a Good Thing?

Understandably, everything requires moderation.  As such, The Food and Drug Administration considers that around 400 milligrams of caffeine is a safe quantity for healthy adults to consume on a daily basis. That being said however, a pregnant women should take care not to exceed 200 mg a day, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (Keep in mind that one cup of coffee usually has around 100 to 200 mg, according to the Mayo Clinic.)

So remember, if coffee benefits sparks your interest, please stay tuned for my next blog post.  Until then, here is a video on how you can make a great cup of coffee using one of the easiest methods – the pour over technique.

Enjoy!

Pour Over Technique Video

Sources:

https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/multimedia-article/facts/

http://www.livescience.com/52383-interesting-facts-about-caffeine.html

http://starbucksmelody.com/2012/11/26/geisha-coffee-at-starbucks-costa-rica-finca-palmilera-reserve-coffee/

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