Celebrate National Coffee Day

Athletes will love these fun facts about our favorite morning beverage.

Posted Sep 29, 2019

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Exercisers and athletes agree: There is nothing better than smelling freshly brewed coffee early in the morning. Whether you enjoy traditional, decaf, espresso, or cold-brewed, you will certainly love these fun facts from the National Coffee Association.

Did you know that energetic goats from Ethiopia reportedly helped discover coffee? Their herder noticed the goats did not want to sleep at bedtime after eating berries from a specific tree. He reported this to others in his area, who made drinks with the berries. News of this energizing drink spread quickly, and the rest is history.

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but coffee grows on coffee trees! Coffee cherries grow on trees—which can grow up to 30 feet tall.

Coffee is grown in over 50 countries, and some of the most popular coffees are grown in the “Bean Belt” (the Equatorial zone between latitudes 25 degrees North and 30 degrees South).

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Moderate coffee consumption is 3 to 5 8-oz cups of coffee per day.
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About 125 million people worldwide (1.6 million in the U.S.) depend on coffee for their livelihood. That means coffee consumption creates jobs.

Forty percent of coffee drinkers consume beverages made out of their homes.

The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines from the U.S. reported that moderate coffee consumption in healthy adults is not associated with an increased risk of major chronic disease. Moderate is defined as 3-5 8-oz cups of coffee (400mg) daily, but that sounds like a lot to me.

I recommend that you stop caffeine intake by early afternoon and check with your physician and a registered dietician to obtain an individualized eating and beverage plan. Pregnant women should discuss caffeine intake with their physicians.

Some coffee drinkers will experience negative effects related to caffeine. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), about 85 percent of Americans use caffeine in some way. APA lists two caffeine-related disorders in the DSM-5. Caffeine withdrawal is experienced by some of the population after a sudden cessation of ingesting caffeine, and caffeine intoxication is the overstimulation of the Central Nervous System (CNS) after high caffeine intake.

Caffeine Use Disorder is listed in the DSM-5 as a disorder for further study, so it is not an actual diagnosis at this time. If you need help with these issues or any other mental health concern, search the Psychology Today Therapist Directory to find a therapist near you.

The buzz we feel after drinking coffee is a stimulant effect in the CNS. According to the Institute for Scientific Information On Coffee, the stimulant effect has to do with individual differences, the strength of caffeine in the drink, and how much caffeine is consumed.

People often ask me if I drink coffee. I do love coffee and usually drink one cup or less per day. (I especially love a cup of post-early morning workout coffee). My favorite coffee drinks include black coffee, red-eye (coffee with a shot of espresso), and lattes (espresso with steamed almond milk). I drink both caffeinated and decaf and love a warm beverage while I write. 

Remember that sugary additives can turn a low-calorie drink into an unhealthy splurge. A caffeinated beverage can range from 1 calorie to over 500, so choose wisely. If you are not sure what kind of coffee drink to try, check out the Roastycoffee.com Complete List of Every Type of Coffee That Exists.

Fun fact: All images used in this piece are from Pixabay, who provides beautiful copyright-free images under Creative Commons. The images are free of charge, and users can donate a cup of coffee to photographers! Perfect for National Coffee Day!

What do you love about your favorite cup of Joe? Share in our comments box below.