The History of Coffee

Shasta Orozco, writer

Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffee species. The genus coffee is native to tropical Africa and Madagascar, the Comoros, Mauritius, and Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Coffee plants are now cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southwest Asia, Indian subcontinent, and Africa. The two most commonly grown are Arabica and Robusta. Once ripe, coffee berries are picked, processed, and dried. Dried coffee seeds are roasted to varying degrees, depending on the desired flavor. Roasted beans are ground and then brewed with near-boiling water to produce the beverage known as coffee.

Coffee is darkly colored, bitter, and slightly acidic and has a stimulating effect in humans, primarily due to its caffeine content. It is one of the most popular drinks in the world. It can be prepared and presented in a variety of ways. It is usually served hot, although iced coffee is a popular alternative. Clinical studies indicate that moderate coffee consumption is benign or mildly beneficial in healthy adults. With continuing research on whether long-term consumption reduces the risk of some diseases, although those long-term studies are generally of poor quality. It was in Yemen that coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed in a manner similar to how it is now prepared for dinking. But the coffee seeds had to be first exported from East Africa to Yemen. Coffee can cause addiction and can harm young minds and cause some hazards on there growth and learning ability. Coffee is a very strong addiction which can cause you to stay awake and have energy but once you stop drinking it can cause a withdraw as well.