Perhaps, you do not feel like getting out of bed in the morning and going to work.  Drinking coffee can give you all the energy to tackle all the challenges that await you.  Caffeine is the key ingredient in coffee that gives us vigor awakening us.  Coffee, one of the most popular drinks in the world, is served in almost all offices and in many other places of employment.  During coffee breaks, many workers are drinking coffee while they relax and mingle with other workers.

As you see the long lines outside of coffee shops such as Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks and many others, you can see how much Americans love their coffee, especially during the weekdays.  There are so many varieties of coffee to satisfy all palates.  The healthiest coffee is espresso since it has magnesium, B vitamins, niacin and riboflavin.  Espresso also has less caffeine than other coffees.

There are so many varieties of coffee for every season of the year.  Now with fall coming up, there is even a pumpkin spiced latte.  During the summer months, some people may find it difficult to drink hot coffee.  Iced coffee, available in many different flavors, can give you a burst of energy while refreshing you from the heat.

Throughout history, coffee was always a well-liked drink.  According to the accounts of Ahmed Al-Ghaffar, coffee seeds were first harvested and brewed in Yemen in the middle of the 15th century.  In the 16th century coffee was introduced in the Middle East, Persia, Turkey and northern Africa.  During the 1600’s, drinking coffee became popular in Italy, Europe, Indonesia and the Americas.  Venice introduced coffee to the rest of Europe.  Since the first European coffee house opened in Rome in 1645, Italians showed that they always had good taste in beverages.  The Dutch East India Company, a business that still stands today, was the first to import coffee on a large scale.

In 1860, the US became the largest consumer of coffee in the world.  About 50 percent of all coffee made globally was consumed in the US by 1920.  Just like it was in the past, coffee is still very popular in the United States.  If you think that the US is the largest consumer of coffee, then you are incorrect.  Finland is the nation where the most coffee is consumed.

In addition to giving us energy, several studies have shown that those who consume coffee in moderation have a lower risk of death.  Drinking coffee can lower the risk of heart failure, Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes.  However, consuming coffee in large quantities is unhealthy.

The production of coffee is also beneficial to the worldwide economy.  More than one hundred million people in developing countries are dependent on the production of coffee as their main source of income.

While most of us see coffee as an inexpensive drink that helps us survive in the workplace, in some parts of the world some coffee is sold like a luxury item.  If you want to drink kopi luwak, an Asian coffee, be prepared to open your wallet.  Each cup of kopi luwak costs $30 per brewed cup.  Since kopi luwak has a distinctive taste, some consumers feel that the price tag is well worth it.

On September 29th, we celebrate National Coffee Day.  This day, dedicated to coffee lovers, falls on a Sunday.  Since most people are off on Sunday, they will have cup of coffee to unwind.  However, those who work on Sunday will be able to get a higher caffeine boost since there will be coffee specials across America.