And now for something completely different -- A friend of mine who regularly communicates with me via email, sent me this fascinating body of information on coffee. Since I, for one, love a strong, solid cup of coffee, I read everything with interest. There have been so many pros and cons about coffee over the years - basically via the meanstream media, I thought it might be of interest to you as well.
I will start off by saying that while I do hit Starbucks once in a while, I really like brewing my own. Notice I said BREW - not those weaker than water pod things that have become popular recently. I want to TASTE THE COFFEE - not just coffee flavored water. I unabashedly love BUSTELO - which my brothers and sisters from Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo will tell you is some really strong coffee!
I am peripherally aware of the health benefits of coffee, which is why I continue to drink and enjoy it - but didn't know how really significantly it impacts your system across the board. So, I'm importing the information he sent me to my blog. Hope it helps clear up some of the mystery and controversy surrounding - and helps in selecting quality coffee, not just the stuff on the shelf.
A good friend, David Robinson, the son of the great baseball player, Jackie Robinson, expatriated to Tanzania in the 80's to start his own coffee plantation. He has one of the most robust, flavorful coffee products ever - but it's not readily available here in the US. Most people don't know that coffee originated in Africa and then spread to other parts of the world, such as Brazil, Cuba, etc. - not the other way around. Coffee and coffee berries have been known for eons for their beneficial uses - but are just beginning to be "discovered" here. Kind of like they just "discovered" that coconuts are also beneficial.
In Ethiopia's Lallibella there are Coffee Rituals that date back 3,000 years - which are still going on today. They have the most beautiful, ornate vessels for coffee brewing and cups and dishes that are especially designed for enjoying the substance. I had tried to get the ambassador from Ethiopia to feature it as part of their rich cultural heritage - however he didn't think Americans would be interested. Clearly he doesn't watch the TV commercials, where practically every other ad is about somebody's coffee. And if you're in Haiti, you can wake up early in the morning to the fragrance of raw coffee beans being roasted over open coals before being beaten into coffee grounds, and made into some of the best coffee on the planet. Speaking of grounds - they now can use coffee grounds to exfoliate your skin - wow! Gotta try that one.
So kudos to my friend Carl Prather and to Natural Blaze for providing this comprehensive overview of coffee. And, oh yes, the word styling is unique to Carl - I take no responsibility for the color of the text or the size. I think he works hard to make it look that way -
STAY BLESSED &
Health Benefits of Coffee
Priori Coffeeberry Dietary Supplements Capsules, 60 Count
This might be the most exciting new product we have come across in some time. While it is not slated for a full marketing roll-out until 2015, it has been introduced to several areas. In answer to the question, what is coffee flour, their site states: Nutritionally, it has some amazing properties:
If you're interested in following up on any of the information presented above, log on to the links provided for you.
As for me, I'm getting ready to heat up a gigantic cup of coffee because I've got a lot of writing to do - I've been on a "meeting treadmill" for the past two weeks, and now I've got to sit down and share this with you via my blog - it's gonna take a lot of coffee to get it done.
Stay Blessed &