I loved going to my grandparents house! The number of reasons why I loved being there are astronomical. Two things I could always count on when being there with them. The insurmountable amount of love and attention me and my siblings received.
Cakes were baked and/or baking as we entered. We were poor little children but we never knew it. Love and kindness made us feel rich and glad to be alive. We were taught values and morals. The early bird catches the worm.
It amazes me that many people can’t get a job because getting up early is not convenient. Lol.
No, they were not rigid but talks around the dinner table helped me to understand how and what inconsiderate behavior can look like. My grand-mother often said that cleaning up behind yourself, asking others if you can help with anything, just getting up when you hear others are up, makes you a productive member in a family and community.
We knew there were exceptions to any rule, like if you were too young or sick. So, for the most part we waited until bathroom was clear and quietly awakened to start the day. Usually, I was the first one up. It was the smell and sound of coffee perking that nudged awake.
See, my grandmother would put this on before getting into bathroom. Then she would wake grand pop to get into wash room (they used to call it that) before we woke up. They would get dressed and head downstairs for breakfast!
No, we children did not drink coffee although I knew some kids that did drink coffee. No, I didn’t start drinking until my early thirties when I had to work nights.
Over the years I heard and read some not so nice things about coffee. The Earliest rumor I remember hearing is that it stunts growth in children and that’s why we weren’t given coffee to drink as children. It stains teeth and can make you hypertensive.
Hungry for more information over the years I learned as much as I could about coffee. First, the word coffee came from the name of the region Kaffa Province in Ethiopia where coffee beans were first used by a herder between 6th-9th century.
It appears as though the word “coffee” entered the English language in 1582 through the Dutch koffie. Dutch Coffee is a delicacy because of its brewing method that originates from the golden ages. This coffee is brewed using cold water instead of hot water. It takes between 3-6 hours but the benefits from using cold water is worth it
Coffee plants are grown in over 70 countries but mostly in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, Indian and Africa. The two most common trees grown are arabica and robusta. Coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. Dried coffee seeds (coffee beans) are roasted to varying degrees or desired flavor.
Coffee cherries and blossoms grow on small evergreen trees, or shrubs. An untouched coffee tree can grow up to 16 feet tall. Farmers like to prune them short, between 5-7 feet because that makes it comfortable for picking. Also, when they prune these trees every year it produces more cherries or berries!
Brewed coffee from typical grounds prepared with tap water contains 40 mg caffeine per 100 grams and no essential nutrients.
Very popular this coffee is all around the world. So popular that In 2016 the green coffee bean production in the world was 9.2 million tonnes. That’s tons and there are 2,204.62262185 pounds in a metric ton. You do the math!
Brazil produced the most, something like 33% but Indonesia, Columbia and Vietnam were other major producers.
Coffee & Health
So I wanted to get some facts about coffee and our health. Like I said in my introduction, coffee in times past has had a bad reputation. Recently, Dr. Oz, Dr.Weil, The Doctors, WebMD and many other resources have shed a positive light on these beans/berries.
Some overwhelming scientific data suggests coffee use should be a part of a healthy lifestyle. More than 400 billion cups are consumed every year proves coffee is the world’s most popular beverage. Coffee has been studied for more than a century and claims a number of health benefits. Yes there are risks with abusing anything!
Scientists have discovered a daily cup of java may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and more. They say coffee does have some antioxidants. In fact, Americans get more antioxidants from coffee than from any other food or beverage. What? I am shocked too.
Alright, we have to do everything in moderation. I am hypertensive so I have to be extra cautious about my coffee intake. I use to work in hospitals and I learned many things about caffeine and how they can help or hurt.
For instance: After some surgeries patients wake up to a terrible headache. Doctors thought is was and still is a side effect of anesthesia. Now they know that if the patient was a regular coffee drinker and hours have passed since their daily routine is could be coffee withdrawal. I have been through this a few times, the headache is wicked indeed.
On the other hand I heard a ER doctor tell his sister to give her 6 years son a few sips of coffee while he was having an asthma attack. Apparently, she ran out of or lost his inhaler. I am sure that was to keep him breathing until she could get to doctor or pharmacy.
Guess what? There is a National Coffee Association!
Coffee vs Tea
I am not advocating coffee beverages over tea. That would be foolish! I believe in one true God and that life in every form was created by him. True healing or medicine comes from the earth. Plant life is how humans and animals sustain themselves.
Naturally I questioned the healing properties of coffee, suspecting it was not totally bad. Although as a child we were not given coffee to drink but we did have oodles of delicious tea.
Tea with mint leaves out of my grand mom’s garden was my favorite summer drink. Slippery Elm tea, Black tea with lemon or oranges, Ginger tea and Sarsaparilla tea.
I didn’t want to talk about tea but I want people to know both coffee and tea have caffeine. Depending on what kind of drink you get they both have a little nutrients.
Now before I continue on about how much I love coffee it is important for me to share that good or better water makes for better drinks period.
I understand expense may be an issue. Boiling the tap water is always easy and recommended especially in areas where the water is not so kosher.
Boil your water for tea and use any left over boiled water to make coffee in your keurig or coffee pot. It is also fairly inexpensive to get a filtered pitcher. I own two of them because I found out years ago that better (filtered) water is also good for my hair. I rinse my hair when I can with a pitcher of filtered water to get all the residue out my damaged hair.
My husband gave me one of those water dispensers or coolers a few years ago. What a gift! So convenient for me to get purer water to drink and use for whatever I need.
When I am not home I do buy bottled water. It is a luxury but my health matters and so do yours.
My Coffee Choice
As a baby boomer you can just imagine how many brands of coffee I have tried. We have come a long way since Horn & Hardart Coffee.
My grandfather worked in the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania when I was young. He would take us grandchildren to the Horn & Hardart restaurant all the time. You could smell the coffee blocks away and walking into the place was exhilarating. We shared huge coffee buns among ourselves while pop-pop drank coffee.
When I started drinking coffee I knew it wasn’t that healthy for me. My body told me. Therefore, I would try to add coconut oil, turmeric, cinnamon and never sugar to my coffee.
Recently, the market has been filled with coffees that actually have these ingredients already added.
My favorite brand is the VitaCup! VitaCup is a company that offers nutrition in coffee.
These healthy coffees and teas contain vitamins and antioxidants in a variety of flavors and features. 1. Slim Blend 2. MCT Genius Blend 3. Energy Blend 4. Beauty Blend 5. Variety Sampler 6. Probiotic Coffee 7. Match & Moringa 8. Espresso 9. Decaf
The B vitamins are extremely important in our health for natural energy and they also fight cravings so you will not need to add sugar or other artificial sweeteners.
Be mindful to read everything you want to try. The teas and coffees come in k-pods. I get the ground coffees because I like to make a pot to share cups with family. Iced coffee is spectacular when I refrigerate the left over perked coffee.
What I truly like about this product is their coffee and teas are packaged in a 100% recyclable, BPA-free Keurig® compatible pod.
Brandon Fishman Founder & CEO of Vitacup Founded: 2017
Mr. Fishman has an 81/100 CEO Approval Rating
I had a stroke three years ago and I couldn’t swallow. I was on a liquid diet for a long time. That’s when I really learned how to get the nutrition I needed from the fluids I drank. Smoothies, shakes, teas and my coffees healed me emotionally and physically.
VitaCup is helping people get their vitamins from their regular morning or afternoon caffeine fix. They do have organic coffee and gourmet teas bags. I am going to try the infused espresso capsules next.
Treat yourself and anyone that loves coffee and good health to a gift of Vitacup.