Where do coffee beans come from?
Coffee beans come from a Coffee Plant. Coffee Plants can grow in almost type of soil as long as it is given plenty of water and sunshine. The coffee plant requires temperatures ranging between 65 to 75 degrees fahrenheit (minimum). A typical coffee plant will start producing fruit in about 5 years. It is thought to have originated in Ethiopia and is now also grown in Arabia, India, Africa, the West Indies, South and Central America, and on the islands of Java and Sumatra.
What do coffee plants look like?
It's more like a shrub. Below is what a typical one looks like when the fruit is ripe. A typical coffee shrub can grow to heights reaching 40 feet. But they are typically pruned because their maximum yield seems to be at 6 feet and plus it is easier to pick the fruit from a 6 foot shrub rather than a 40 foot one.
Image below is of a coffee plant with unripened coffee beans.
Image below is of a coffee plant with ripe coffee beans.
How are coffee beans processed?
Coffee bean processing is a multi-step process involving the following:
Where do tea leaves come from?
Tea leaves come from the Tea Plant. The Tea Plant can be grown in either a tropical or sub tropical area given that it gets at least 127 cm of rainfall per year. It is believed that the best teas are grown at high elevations such as in India and China. The technical name for the tea plant is Camellia Sinensis and there are two main types: The big leaf which is commonly found in India and the small leaf which is commonly found in China.
What do tea leaves look like?
The picture below is of the typical Chinese tea plant.
The picture below is of the typical Indian tea plant.
What is the difference between herbal tea and tea?
Herbal tea is not made from the tea bush at all. So they are technically not a tea. But because they are processed similarily to tea and served just like tea, they are called a type of tea. Herbal teas come from herbs like mint and chamomile and they generally do not contain any caffeine.
What is caffeine?
The scientific name for Caffeine is 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine and it is a naturally occuring drug found in nature (such as coffee beans, tea leaves, and even chocolate). It is labeled as a drug because it fits the literal definition of a drug (i.e., A chemical substance that affects the central nervous system, causing changes in behavior and often addiction). If you've often said to yourself that you can't function properly in the morning without your cup of coffee, then you are most likely addicted to caffeine.
The chemical composition of Caffeine is illustrated below
How much caffeine is too much?
According to the Mayo Clinic, you should restrict your daily intake of caffeine to less than 500mg. Any more, then you risk developing some bad health side effects from caffeine. See the FAQ below for a list of those effects.
What is the caffeine content for a cup of coffee?
All amounts are based on 8oz cup size unless stated otherwise.
|Generic Brewed Coffee||95-200|
|Generic Brewed Decaffeinated||2-12|
|Generic Instant Decaffeinated||2-12|
|Starbucks Espresso, 1 oz||58-75|
|Starbucks Vanilla Latte, 16 oz||150|
What is the caffeine content for a cup of tea?
The amounts below are based on an 8oz cup unless stated otherwise.
|Starbucks Tazo Chai Tea Latte, 16 oz||100|
|Olive Leaf Tea||0|
What are the common side effects of Caffeine?
TO BE UPDATED
What other products contain caffeine?
You would be surprised how many products contain caffeine. See the list below to get a better picture of just how much caffeine you are taking in on a daily basis. Note that these are approximate amounts.
|7Up, regular or diet||0|
|Barq's Root Beer, regular or diet||23|
|Coca-Cola Cherry, regular or diet||34|
|Diet Coke and Diet Coke With Lime||47|
|Dr Pepper, regular or diet||42-44|
|Fanta, all flavors||0|
|Mountain Dew, regular or diet||54|
|Mountain Dew Code Red, regular or diet||54|
|Mug Root Beer, regular or diet||0|
|Pepsi, regular or diet||36-38|
|Sprite, regular or diet||0|
|Wild Cherry Pepsi, regular or diet||38|
|AMP, 8.4 oz||74|
|Enviga, 12 oz||100|
|Full Throttle, 16 oz||144|
|Monster Energy, 16 oz||160|
|No Fear, 8 oz||83|
|Red Bull, 8.3 oz||76|
|Rockstar, 8 oz||80|
|Foosh Energy Mints, 1 mint||100|
|Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar, 1.55 oz||9|
|Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate bar, 1.45 oz||31|
|Jolt Caffeine-Energy Gum, 1 stick||33|
|Ben and Jerry's Coffee Heath Bar Crunch, 8 oz||84|
|Haagen-Dazs Coffee ice cream, 8 oz||58|
|Starbucks Coffee ice cream, 8 oz||50-60|
|Anacin, Maximum Strength, 2 tablets||64|
|Excedrin, Extra Strength, 2 tablets||130|
|NoDoz, Maximum Strength, 1 tablet||200|