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Coffee – Is It The Most Popular Beverage Of All Time?

Around 850 A.D it is thought that a lone shepherd and his sheep
happened upon a weird and mysterious plant growing upon a
secluded and forgotten hillside. Before he could stop them
some of his herd had started to gnaw away at this unusual
berry. After about fifteen minutes or so the herder started
to notice that his sheep were behaving in an odd manner. Not
only were they unusually alert but they also appeared to be
extremely hyperactive. Now being a small weary and
extremely tired the shepherd chose to try the berries and
see if the end results would be the same for him as they had
been for his flock. To his pleasant surprise the shepherd
started to feel wide awake and he too became very alert. After
a few hours had passed along came a wandering monk who,
after being informed of the plants incredible qualities
proceeded to scold the poor shepherd and lecture him on his
foolish indulgence. After he had finished telling the
shepherd just what a sinner he had been the monk set upon
his journey but not before he had added a small something
to his backpack and supplies.

Back at the abbey the monks chose to try this new magical
stimulant. Soon the endless hours of praying became simple to
endure. Coffee the beverage had been unleashed. Its
widespread use first took hold in the Ethiopian regions
before then moving on to the Arabian empire. Here it was to
be held for many years as a sacred substance until it was
illegally exported to the outside world by an Arab called
Baba Budan. Word of its effects then started to spread and in
a small while coffee was to become one of the most treasured
commodities in our history. Today we drink a staggering 4
billion cups each and every year and there are many among us
who would simply refuse to start our day without it.

Although coffee is mainly known as a sleep suppressant there
are those who consider coffee to have many health benefits.
It is thought that people who suffer from asthma and partake
of the beverage have at least 25% less symptoms which may be
due to a substance in coffee called theophylline. This is
known as a bronchodilator and quite simply it is thought to
help those who suffer with the disease to breath with a
small more ease. Drinking coffee on a daily basis is also
thought to help lower your chances of developing colon
cancer by a figure also in the region of about 25%. This may
be due to the fact that coffee helps to keep you regular.
Coffee can do more than just help you get through your day.

Apart from the benefits that have just been mentioned it has
to be said that simply drinking coffee as a beverage is a
delight that cannot easily be surpassed. The incredible thing
is that the average person has no thought of the varied tastes
that this hallowed bean has to offer. One of the growing
trends of recent years has to be the rising popularity of
ordering coffee via the wonder we call the internet. Never
before have we been able to sample such a wide variety of
tastes, blends and aromas without having to endure the
tedious trials of hiking around the city. I myself tend to
place small orders but I always make a point to record the
name, blend and of course exactly from whom I bought.

Now that you are aware of the tale of the mystical beans I hope
that if in the days to come you are considering visiting your
local coffee shop you recall the tale of the lowly shepherd
and reckon about just what you might be drinking were he not
to have wandered onto that bleak and lonely hillside. Why
not take advantage of the internet and try the many
different varieties and blends available. Not only will you
impress your tastebuds, your friends will be grateful as

Cappuccino or latte?

Valerie Shapero is the owner of Fuzzy
fuzzycoffee.com Coffee which is a
premier source of information about coffee. For questions or
comments about this article, please visit:
fuzzycoffee.com fuzzycoffee.com

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