It all started with dancing goats!
Legend has it that sometime between 800BC and 500AD, an Ethiopian goat herder noticed his goats were more frisky than usual whenever they eat the berries from a particular bush. The herder tried some of the berries and upon realizing the stimulating effects, brought some to the local monks. The monks boiled the berries and made a beverage that, although strong and sometimes bitter, kept them awake during long hours of prayer. The drink grew in popularity and morphed into the liquid goodness we know today.
However, coffee is not simply a beverage that preps you up and keep you alert, it is also loaded with nutrients. Surprisingly, your morning “cup of joe” is more than just a dose of caffeine. Coffee also contains important nutrients such as:
||Vitamin B2, which helps to produce energy and is an antioxidant|
||Vitamin B5, a water-soluble vitamin that also aids in energy production by helping to breakdown carbohydrate, fat and protein. It also helps the central nervous system to communicate with the brain.|
||Research has found that our bodies require a small amount of this mineral every day. It aids in bone formation and blood sugar control just to name a few.|
||This mineral is important in staying alive. It keeps your heart, kidneys and other organs functioning properly.|
||This is important for bone structure and is also a key mineral in human metabolism.|
||Vitamin B3, another water-soluble vitamin that helps in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system, brain function, and skin formation.|
I suppose we could throw in calcium for who enjoys having their special brew with a little milk. If you take into consideration the different additives that people uses to enhance their coffee the possibilities are endless.
When Jamaicans combine our Blue Mountain Coffee with a little condensed milk …it is “pure niceness”. The Latinos say café con leche/ cortadito/cortado among other things. No matter the name or the method it just can’t be beat. So whether your preference is condense milk, evaporated milk, creamer or just plain warm milk, when milk is added to coffee you are in for a treat.
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