When it comes to coffee, there’s a lot going for this hot wake up call of a beverage. For one thing, there’s the obvious benefit of the extra help waking up in the morning, a must for any night owl. Then, there’s the fact that, as far as warm beverages go, it’s the only true alternative to tea. It’s also the most popular drink in the world, narrowly beating out tea, for what that’s worth. It’s social a good social lubricant, if you will, enabling us to start conversations in coffee houses. OF course, if you’re on your own, the same coffee house is a great place to read that new AbeBooks purchase. There’s something about a warm beverage, be it coffee, tea, or hot chocolate, that just warms up not only your body, but also your soul. Really, the brilliance of coffee can’t be overstated.
Coffee is an acquired taste, however, and many of us never getting around to drinking the real deal, black coffee. The bitter taste is initially unpleasant to most of us, as the bitter taste receptor evolved as a defense against poisons in the wild. However, always quick to solve a problem, humans found some work arounds to make this miraculous drink more palatable. This, in turn led to the bevy of coffee creamers, cappuccinos, and a spectrum of added milk and/or sugar to customize this drink to your liking, no matter your preference for the sweet or the bitter, or a perfect blend of both.This is great news, of course, for those of us who prefer sweet drinks, as the energy giving potential of coffee is a blessing that no one deserves to live without.
However, there is a downside to coffee, as with all caffeinated drinks. And, that downside is this: caffeine is a diuretic. What this means, laymen’s terms, is that caffeine and, by extension, coffee, tea, and soda, will cause water to pass through your body more quickly. Left unchecked, this can actually cause dehydration. It also causes the blood vessels to constrict which raises blood pressure and, under the wrong circumstances, can lead to a heart attack. This is an extreme case however. That being said, it’s still a danger to watch out for, but it’s no reason not to enjoy the world’s favorite drink without a pre existing heart condition. So, fret not, and drink your coffee, however you like it, and know that the world is drinking with you.