Posted by Vianne Cresley on August 30, 2016
August is National Coffee Month. Other than water, there is no drink that is more deserving of national recognition.
The United States is the world’s leading consumer of coffee. According to the National Coffee Association, approximately 83% of the adult population of the United States consumes coffee. U.S. residents drink around 600 million cups of coffee every year. If you were to extrapolate that number, it would work out to around 2.5 cups of coffee for every adult in the United States of America. That number continues to climb with the increase of the population of the country. Though the U.S. is the highest per capita consumer of this drink, it enjoys great popularity all throughout the world.
I can remember binge-drinking coffee on numerous occasions to energize me for a sleepless night of studying before an important exam the following morning. For my academic colleagues and I, coffee was not a mere want, it was a necessity!
Uses for coffee:
(The list above covers the basics. Perhaps you can think of some other uses for caffeine that have not been touched on in this overview.)
Coffee originated in tropical Africa (specifically Ethiopia), Reunion, Mauritius and Comoros.
It is derived from Coffee Beans. These beans are the seeds of Coffea plant berries. When found by explorers from distant lands, these seeds were exported to other countries from Africa. Today, there are 70 countries that cultivate coffee grinds that are native to their lands. Over the course of centuries, these plants have evolved to the respective environments of the soils that they utilize for their nourishment. This has given rise to coffee that tastes distinctly different from the coffee grown in other areas of the world.
There is no known official date for the discovery of coffee. We only know when the first evidence of coffee drinking emerged.
The earliest concrete evidence of coffee drinking comes from the country of Yemen. In the Arabia of the mid-15 th century the roasting of coffee seeds and the brewing technique were developed. Over the course of the next century, Yemeni traders had succeeded in bringing coffee to the Middle East. After the drink became popular in Middle Eastern countries, it made its’ trek into Europe and on to the rest of the world.
Internationally, coffee is a big deal. It is a premier world commodity. For many countries, it is their number one agricultural export. For developing nations that export coffee, the trade is of crucial value. Unroasted coffee is a world-class agricultural commodity. Due to the importance of coffee in the world, numerous international laws and trade agreements have been developed to regulate the market.
Effect on teeth
The coffee revolution that was sparked 500 years ago is responsible for untold feats of human productivity. Coffee has a preponderance of health benefits. However, like anything else, consuming too much of this drink comes with downfalls. Some people are addicted to caffeine. They suffer bouts of withdrawal when they have not had their daily dose of coffee.
Coffee is acidic. Like any acidic food or drink, consistent exposure to the high levels of acid that it contains will ultimately degrade the appearance and health of your teeth. Though tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body, it is a porous material. As such, continued coffee drinking allows trace quantities of acid to interact with the surface below the enamel. Continued encounters with these acids can lead to tooth decay.
Additionally, it has been very well documented that coffee stains teeth. It is unfortunate that a drink that can brighten up your day will also dim your smile.
One solution to this is to moderate your consumption of coffee. If you are an avid coffee drinker, then moderation is not an option. Fortunately, there are some methods that you can use to combat the prospect of stained and decayed teeth.
On balance, coffee is a great beverage. It has incredible mental and physical health benefits. It is also a mainstay in many societies. The coffee revolution shows no signs of slowing down. With careful attention paid to your oral care, you can enjoy coffee for the rest of your life while minimizing the potentially negative effects that it can have on your teeth.