Coffee is a commonly drunk beverage by millions of people across the world for its taste and smell. The smell of coffee is quite alluring and many drink coffee in the morning to rejuvenate their mind and body. While coffee is loved by the millions, not many people know the advantages drinking coffee has to their health. Ask a coffee lover why he drinks coffee and his or her spontaneous answer would be because of its aroma or taste. However, for the record, coffee contains a stimulant called caffeine, and has antioxidants. According to DiGiulio (2011) in Coffee’s Big Perks, drinking coffee can help fight a number of common diseases. Caffeine, says DiGiulio, could help protect a person from Parkinson’s, dementia, and Alzheimer’s; seen quite commonly in elderly folks. Similarly, the antioxidants in coffee could also help prevent liver disease.
DiGiulio (2011) then goes on to say that a cup of coffee before a test can help students sharpen their memory and keep them alert. Caffeine in coffee can speed up metabolism and fat-burning, which helps lower your risk of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Now, such information on the benefits of drinking coffee could not have reached a coffee lover if it hadn’t been for the information retrieved from the article written in Health magazine. It is therefore obvious that books about coffee have their benefits. Books about coffee doesn’t just tell its readers about the advantages coffee has for coffee lovers, but it also provides a lot of other information that coffee and other readers are ignorant of.
Books about Coffee provide coffee lovers and others who have interests in knowing about coffee, an ocean of information unknown to them. Has it ever crossed a coffee lover’s mind that the Dutch colonies that came up in Asia during the colonization period were the main suppliers of coffee to Europe? The Dutch settlers first grew coffee n a state called Malabar (now known as Kerala) in India, and in 1699 took it to Batavia in Java, in what is now Indonesia (Cimpan, 2014). Today, several centuries later, Indonesia is the fourth largest exporter of coffee in the world. None of this would have become public knowledge had it not been for books on Coffee. Books on coffee tell readers about the different kinds of coffee grown around the world, its history, and its benefits.
(Tumwebaze & Byakagaba, 2016), in Soil organic carbon stocks under coffee agroforestry systems and coffee monoculture in Uganda, reveal the importance of Coffee agroforestry systems (CAS) in climate change. According to them, CAS is considered as a perfect climate change mitigation option for carbon sequestration. A farmer who grew Robusta coffee intercropped with non-fruit trees were more likely to benefit more from soil carbon credits than a farmer growing Arabica coffee with the same trees. So, what has soil carbon credits got to do with human beings? Soil carbon plays a vital role in regulating climate, water supplies and biodiversity, thus, providing the ecosystem services that are essential to human well-being. According to Lal (2010), loss of soil carbon leads to the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, which is harmful to human existence. The true value of books about coffee not only gives readers information about the different kinds of coffee cultivated in different parts of the world, but it also provides them with its history, the processes, and most importantly, how it can be cultivated to preserve soil carbon; so necessary for human existence.