Some of the Reasons Why People Like to Drink Coffee

By Timothy S. Collins

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. It is the second most traded physical commodity worldwide, ranking second only to petroleum. That is amazing and a good indication of the billions of beans harvested, processed, traded, roasted and sold 24/7 around planet Earth.

There are many reasons why people enjoy drinking coffee:

The brew complements the time spent reading a good book: Reading offers both pleasure and information. Reading offers a view into another world when you can escape the present and pretend to be in another dimension, time or space. Reading offers the opportunity to see the world through someone else's eyes and to broaden our understanding of the world around us. Drinking coffee provides a sensory experience that adds pleasure to the tongue and palate in addition to the mental enjoyment from reading. Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001), pioneering American aviatrix and author who was married to Charles Lindbergh, said about coffee "Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after."

The taste of coffee is simply delightful: Our taste buds are extremely sensitive organs and will "tingle" when stimulated. The four basic tastes are sweet, sour, salty and bitter. Learning where the tongue is stimulated enables the coffee drinker to learn how to taste the basic profile of the coffee. It is delightful to evaluate the taste sensation of the tongue. It takes practice to recognize the 'tingles." However, learning where the tingles are on the tongue indicates the primary taste profile of the coffee. For example, a sour coffee will give a "puckery feeling" like a good glass of wine. Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French writer and realist novelist said about coffee, "Coffee: Induces wit. Good only if it comes through Havre. After a big dinner party it is taken standing up. Take it without sugar-very swank; gives the impression you have lived in the East..."

Coffee makes you feel upbeat, enthusiastic, "sharper" and alert: It is not unusual to hear how people in the morning are not really ready to be part of the world until after drinking their daily morning coffee. Caffeine helps us become fully cognizant and to feel more alert. Clark Gable (1901-1960), American film actor nicknamed "The King of Hollywood" in his heyday, said, "I never laugh until I've had my coffee."

Coffee is good for you: Research takes place daily on coffee, caffeine and health around the world. Scientists and research institutes worldwide release studies and research reports frequently that support the caffeine health claims, good news for coffee lovers. Basically, coffee has antioxidants and caffeine, two main ways of improving the health of your body. These substances have health and anti aging benefits. Antioxidants help your body repair damage to cells caused by free radicals. These free radicals are produced as a by-product of cells through normal daily activities.

Coffee and caffeine are recognized for their positive health benefits and potential functional food attributes. A quote attributed to Alexander King (1909-2007), scientist and pioneer of the sustainable development movement, and co-founder of the Club of Rome, said, "Actually, this seems to be the basic need of the human heart in nearly every great crisis - a good hot cup of coffee."

Coffee is a beverage you can keep on drinking throughout the day and never really have too much: For example, the ever increasing availability of new flavored coffees offers more choices to coffee drinkers who want to taste and experience more flavors than nature can provide. Looking back at history, we learn that people, hundreds of years ago, enjoyed blending coffee with nuts and spices to create special flavors. Thomas Stearns Eliot, also known as T.S. Eliot (1888-1965), Anglo-American poet, playwright, and literary critic said about coffee, "I have measured out my life with coffee spoons!"

So what about a cup of delicious French Vanilla flavored gourmet coffee?

Timothy S. Collins
Article by Timothy S. Collins
Timothy ("Tim") S. Collins, the author, is called by those who know him "The Gourmet Coffee Guy." He is an expert in article writing who has done extensive research online and offline in his area of expertise, coffee marketing, as well as in other areas of personal and professional interest. Come visit the author's website:

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