Edward Willett


The case for coffee consumption

[podcast]https://edwardwillett.com/wp-content/uploads//2012/12/The-Case-for-Coffee-Consumption_01.mp3[/podcast]I first wrote about coffee in a science column back in the dawn of time, so long ago that it began, “Let’s get one thing straight.  I don’t drink coffee...” Since as I type this I am on my second...or maybe third... good-sized cup (oh, all right, mug) of the stuff, something has clearly changed in the intervening years. And guess what? Apparently that’s all to the good of my health. Oh, I know, anyone of adult years remembers news stories about coffee drinking being bad for you, but as more research is done, quite the contrary has emerged as the scientific consensus: drinking coffee is good for you. To the extent that ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:02, December 3rd, 2012 under Blog, Columns, Science Columns | Comment now »


Ask the average coffee drinker where coffee comes from and he'll probably say "South America."  Coffee actually originated in Ethiopia, where the coffee plant grows naturally.  Coffee has been drunk in Arabian countries for centuries, but was only introduced to Europe in the mid1600s.  Plantations established in European colonies in Indonesia, the West Indies and Brazil soon made coffee cultivation an important part of those region's economies. Today, the coffee bean is the world's most valuable agricultural commodity, and Latin America and Africa produce most of it.  (Brazil is the individual country that produces the most.)  North America imports more than anyone else, not surprising considering the average American drinks 3 1/3 cups of the stuff a day.  (Which means somebody ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 11:11, January 17th, 1994 under Blog, Columns, Science Columns | Comment now »