A little history
As the legends say, Omar, who was known for his ability to cure the sick through prayer, was once exiled from Mecca to a desert cave near Ousab. Starving, Omar chewed berries from nearby shrubbery but found them to be bitter.
He tried roasting the beans to improve the flavour, but they became hard. He then tried boiling them to soften the bean, which resulted in a fragrant brown liquid. Upon drinking the liquid Omar was revitalized and sustained for days.
As stories of this “miracle drug” reached Mecca, Omar was asked to return and was made a saint.
Further Read: History of Coffee: Wikipedia
My coffee Journey: A little dig
I still remember the day when I, for the first time, drank coffee and felt that relief. The relief was so satisfying, I didn’t eat for the next 1 hour, the taste was bitter but soothing and it was sugarless. I was yawning before, but afterwards, I was alert, my eyes were looking cold and I was experiencing “cannot explain state”. Yeah, something like that.
I was at my home and I guess it was the first time in my life when I had consumed caffeine, I was 17. Nearly, 100 mg of caffeine was there in my cup and then in my stomach. Now you may be able to imagine that for the first I took caffeine and also in that amount. Next day, I had diarrhoea. LMAO
Yeah, that’s exactly true. Why? Because when you have excessive consumption of caffeine, your body is unable to process it properly and you end in loose motion. It lasts maximum a day or two or in some cases up to a week. Some people might think this isn’t that big dose but, hey pal, it was the first time.
Today, I am 22 years old and still drinking coffee and, fella, it is actually my best friend since ages. I can stop drinking coffee whenever I want. I am not addicted as for the past few months I actually didn’t drink it but these days it feels soothing again. I guess as I was not drinking it for some time, my body went under “dopamine detox” and now I can again feel its strong effects and yummy taste.
I am used to its bitter taste, I love things that have a bitter taste. I’ve tasted many coffee brands and different types of flavours. Nescafe Gold, Gold Blend, Classic, Bru, Bru Gold, Cappucino are just some of the flavours I have tasted.
I am still on the journey to taste the expensive ones as well as the tastier ones. I still have many on my so-called “hit list”.
I drink coffee very simply. Black coffee is what I prefer for myself. The more bitter it is the better, I just love bitter tasting coffee.
My recipe (you can call 2 steps procedure a recipe. right?):
- Boil water, meanwhile you can grind coffee beans. (if you have instant coffee sachet, you can use them).
- Add 1 spoon of ground coffee into the mug ( you can 2-3 if you also like bitter taste like me). Add boiled water. Let it cool a little and then you can drink as you like.
- I don’t add anything extra but as per your taste, you may add sugar, milk or cream.
Benefits of Drinking Coffee
You may find 100s of articles, many pieces of research and many scholarly articles on the benefits and drawbacks and what not! If you don’t wanna read, just visit any coffee drinker and listen to the head-blowing, mind-altering and cancer-preventing benefits. You may find quite interesting how much they’ve researched about coffee and caffeine benefits and, voila, you may as well end up drinking coffee.
I encourage you to do the following things before you go down the road of coffee:
LOL, why would I stop you to taste such a blessed beverage on Earth?
Yes, there are reasons to consume coffee under in limit (RDA) but anything you over-consume will, eventually, end you up in severe health and mental conditions.
Hereby, I may give you some reasons to try the coffee now:
- Improves Alertness
- improves Short-term Memory
- Prevent Parkinson’s disease
- Improves Mood
- Make you focus-minded
- Improves workout performance
- Burns Fat
- Contains essential micro-nutrients
- Source of antioxidants
- Prevent different types of cancers
- Strengthens the Immune System
Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA):
It isn’t about putting a limit on coffee intake but caffeine intake. We can eat as much as we can without thinking about anything. The only problem is if we stop considering the macro and micronutrients present in the food we eat, we may end up with diseases or mild to severe critical health conditions.
Drugs like caffeine, marijuana, cocaine, valium, won’t cause any long term deadly effects on the body unless taken in heavy amounts. Governments criticize the use of them and ban them only because these drugs can cause lasting effects on human health conditions.
Caffeine is the lesser of all evil and it rather improves the mental and physical health, which is why it isn’t in much of a consideration to be critical. And it is found in coffee, which is accessible to everyone.
Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine per day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two “energy shot” drinks. Keep in mind that the actual caffeine content in beverages varies widely, especially among energy drinks.
Caffeine in powder or liquid form can provide toxic levels of caffeine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned. Just one teaspoon of powdered caffeine is equivalent to about 28 cups of coffee. Such high levels of caffeine can cause serious health problems and possibly death.
Although caffeine use may be safe for adults, it’s not a good idea for children. Adolescents and young adults need to be cautioned about excessive caffeine intake and mixing caffeine with alcohol and other drugs.
Women who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant and those who are breast-feeding should talk with their doctors about limiting caffeine use to less than 200 mg daily.
Even among adults, heavy caffeine use can cause unpleasant side effects. And caffeine may not be a good choice for people who are highly sensitive to its effects or who take certain medications.
Further Read: Caffeine: How much is too much?
Drawbacks (only if you are allergic, have sensitive stomach lining or taking high doses of caffeine a day)
- Digestive Issues
- Muscle Breakdown
- High blood pressure
- Increase in heart rate
Further Read: 9 Side Effects of Too Much Caffeine
In the end, I would like to share the views of my father. He told me, we can do anything as much as we can but just remember,
“ANYTHING IN EXCESS IS DETRIMENTAL”.
That’s true as hell because I’ve seen and I may presume you too must have seen that when we eat, sleep, masturbate, exercise, drink, study, party or anything that comes in your mind. When we do that in excess, it stops the growth, rather on the opposite end, starts harming our mind and health.