The Coffee Alternative
The American coffee market gives us the title of "Largest Consumer" of coffee in the world. On average, we consume 450 million cups of coffee per day, which adds up to over 150 billion cups consumed in one year! In order to satisfy this need for caffeine, the USA imports a third of the world’s coffee.
The most expensive coffee beans in the world come from Indonesia but the bulk of coffee beans come from Brazil. Brazil provides approximately 30 - 40% of the beans for the world's consumption of coffee. Even though the US ranks eighth in the world for coffee consumed per person, the average American drinks 3 cups per day. Seattle, WA has more coffee houses, 35 per 100,000 people, making it the coffee capital of the USA. Although you may be able to find several arguments about the positives of coffee it can not be overlooked that coffee has the following effects:
- Stimulates your heart, respiratory system, and central nervous system
- Makes your blood more `sludgy' by raising the level of fatty acids in the blood.
- Raises blood pressure.
- Causes your stomach to produce more acid.
- Irritates the stomach lining.
- Affects the length and quality of sleep. Heavy caffeine users are sleep deprived because they don't get enough deep restful sleep.
- The American Medical Journal has reported a correlation between caffeine and decreased bone density or osteoporosis in women.
- Caffeine addiction which involves nervousness, irritability, agitation, headaches or ringing in the ears.
Considering this 'American Addiction or Past Time', which ever you prefer to call it, is a rather unhealthy one, could we propose a coffee alternative? Especially now that the weather is getting chillier and that nice warm cup of 'something' will really hit the spot. Have you tried Teeccino the herbal coffee? Caroline MacDougall, the founder of Teeccino, has traveled internationally for over 35 years searching for unique herbal ingredients. Driven by her own caffeine sensitivity, Caroline has specialized in creating naturally caffeine-free herbal beverages that offer all the attributes of coffee or tea. Switching to a caffeine free day may cause withdrawal symptoms so you might enjoy reading Caroline's 21 day optimal energy challenge. And if your objection to giving up coffee is because you enjoy your latte's or flavored coffees, Carmel being the US favorite, try reading her recipe page for a Teeccino Cinnamon Spice or a Frangelico Hazelnut Creme. Then sit back, relax and enjoy!