I love coffee.  I’ve drank it since I was about 4 years old.  I know that sounds ridiculous, right?  Who’s mother lets them drink coffee at such a young age!?!  My parents are from Guatemala, so coffee is pretty common at all ages and at all times.  I was never kid that liked to play with the other kids.  I was a grandma from day 1.  I would rather chat with the ladies and have coffee than go out and play with the kids.

I know there are a lot of mixed feelings about coffee and caffeine.  Personally, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with having coffee everyday. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a household where coffee was perfectly natural all the time, but I don’t think it’s harmful.  I’ve taken a biology class (Brain, Mind and Behavior way back when) and understand the effects of caffeine on the brain but from what I recall, nothing too adverse (please correct me if I’m wrong).

On another note, coffee production is a huge part of the economy of many countries.  I found this really cool set of data (aka really cool for me the econ/development nerd) through the Food and Agriculture Organization that shows commodity production by country (you can change it to search by commodity or by country). I had fun playing around with it for a while 🙂

If anyone is interested, I saw a really interesting documentary on coffee production (it concentrates mostly on Ethiopian coffee production and commodity trading in Britain) called Black Gold.   I highly recommend it to anyone who’s interested

I’m almost done with my next food security topic.  Stay tuned!

What are your thoughts on coffee/caffeine?


3 thoughts on “Coffee

  1. Anna says:

    That’s so funny that you drank coffee when you were 4 years old! That seems like a bad idea, not health-wise for the kid, but for the parents!!

    I love coffee. I go through phases where I wake up and think, “Maybe I should just drink green tea.”

    And then two hours later, around 9:30 or 10:00, I’m drinking coffee. 🙂

    • Karla says:

      I’ve definitely tried to not drink coffee (switched to tea a few days, just not as good), but the reality is I like it WAY too much. It’s such a pleasure to read the news in the morning with a hot cup of coffee.

  2. Stephanie Lang says:

    I’m a total grandma, too! Any day I would rather be “drinking coffee with the ladies.” My friends all call me grandma because I dress in old fashioned clothing/accessories (many of which actually were my grandma’s back in the day), I love to cook and entertain, and I’m a huge fan of those “good ol’ days”: romanticism, drive-in movies, vintage glasses, movies…Ooo and going to bed early is really a wonderful feeling…

    A good cup of coffee can definitely turn my day around! Mmmm…I have been wanting to experiment and make chocolate covered coffee beans, so stay tuned…

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