Those of us who enjoy coffee are probably most acutely aware of one benefit: that nice little pick-me-up it provides via the delivery of caffeine to our system. However, there are numerous other ways in which coffee is of assistance to our daily routine, and to the greater world in general.
Coffee can help ‘clear’ your sense of smell. It has long been a practice of fragrance counters to have a cup of coffee available to cleanse your nasal palate in between samplings of scent. Smelling coffee between samples does more to help one “reset” one’s olfactory senses rather than just sniffing air .
Drinking coffee may help prevent diseases of the liver, including cirrhosis, cancer of the liver, and hepatitis. Coffee contains compounds that have anti-oxidant effects and anti-inflammatory properties, and studies have shown a correlation between coffee consumption and reduced risk of liver and uterine cancer.
Coffee grounds actually help ‘trap’ Heavy Metals, and may one day be used to help clean these elements from drinking water. The problem yet to be solved is how to present the coffee in a medium suitable for cleaning moving water.
Coffee can be used in place of fossil fuels. Coffee beans are combustible. British engineers devised a car that runs on coffee beans, and in 2011 it broke a speed record for cars running on organic fuels.
The coffee industry was responsible for 1,694,710 jobs in the U.S. economy in 2015. Just for a perspective, that number would represent more than enough jobs to employ the entire population of either Philadelphia or Phoenix (with a few to spare). And that, in fact, does amount to more than a hill of beans.
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