7 Facts about Coffee ...

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I work in front of a computer – a lot.

And I also get up around about 4 AM almost every day.

Coffee is literally a necessity in my life: it’s up there with oxygen, cup cakes and beautifully made boots.

In addition to helping keep me perky in the wee hours of the morning, it’s also delicious, refreshing and not quite as bad for you as people seem to think.2

In fact, I’ve done a little research and put together a list of 7 facts about coffee – my absolute favourite beverage.

1. It Was Originally Eaten

Certain tribes indigenous to Northern Africa used to combine coffee berries with animal fat.

This mixture was then rolled into balls and eaten as a source of energy … Not sure about you, but I think I’ll stick to my cup of Italian Roast, thanks.

2. It Grows on Trees

Most people believe coffee is a bean because, well, that’s what we call it.

Fresh, though, it’s actually a bright red berry and grows on trees.

The small, black nutty thing we buy at the shops is the result of a stripping and roasting process which makes the pip of the original fruit expand to twice its size and harden.2

3. It Reduces the Risk of Alzheimer’s

There have been quite a few rigorous studies conducted in this area and scientists tell us the evidence is pretty convincing.

Apparently, in the long term, regular coffee drinking has been shown to protect against neuro-degeneration in Alzheimer’s to the extent that caffeine-therapy may become useful in the treatment of this disease.

4. It’s Addictive

In the interest of balance and accurate representation, I feel I should include one or two disadvantages on my list of interesting facts.

Many coffee enthusiasts believe they can’t go without their favourite beverage and that’s probably down to the fact that caffeine is highly addictive.

The body becomes dependent on it very quickly and, once addicted, we can even go into withdrawal without it.

Symptoms include irritability and a general inability to concentrate, but, luckily, these fade within a couple of days as the body regains independence.

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