With the advent of globalization, the world has become a much more developed place. It’s become so much easier for people from the US to get products made in a country like China or Japan – so much easier that it’s just a click away nowadays.
International trade is a mainstay of any country’s economy. Coffee is a valuable commodity in international trade – second only to petroleum. The socio-economy of over 50 countries depends on coffee trade. It not only plays an important role in the foreign exchange of various countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa but also acts as a source of livelihood for millions of farmers in these countries, as well.
The First Coffee
The two most commercially important species of Coffee are Coffea Arabica and Coffea Robusta. Arabica alone constitutes to 3/4th of world coffee trade. It is believed to be the first coffee to be cultivated and was indigenous to forests of Ethiopia and Sudan.
Once a native of isolated areas of Madagascar, Comoros, Tropical Africa, and Mauritius, it is now commercially cultivated in over 70 countries in the world, including equatorial countries like Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia leading the way.
Fascinating Facts About Arabica
Coffea Arabica, due to its intense flavor and aroma, is one of the favorites in the specialty coffee market. Coffee, as we know it, would have never existed had it not been sent to Arabia from Ethiopia in the 7th Century.
1.Coffee Was Initially ‘Eaten’ By Tribes
The ‘Ormo’ tribe used to eat coffee by crushing the beans and mixing it in fat. It was the Arab scholars who were the first ones to brew it as a beverage, as it helped them stay awake at night to prolong their working hours.
2. The Arabian Coffee
The practice caught on and thus it came to be known as “Arabian coffee”. High-quality Coffea Arabica has hints of nuts and berries and has a slight sweetness in taste. Arabica also has a low caffeine content when compared to Robusta. However, Arabica has twice as high sugar content than Robusta.
3. Flavor Of Caffea Arabica
Arabica’s taste is superior to Robusta thus making its demand higher. Arabica is also more expensive than Robusta due to its high demand and flavored taste. There are primarily two types of Arabica – Bourbon and Typica. There are more varieties of Arabica when Bourbon and Typica are crossbred. Some of the notable varieties are Catimor, Mocca, Mundo Novo, and Jackson.
4. Rich In Anti-Oxidants
While Arabica is known to be rich in anti-oxidants, it has many health benefits as well. It helps in the prevention of diseases like Alzheimer’s & Parkinson’s. It also helps people stave off diabetes and reduces the risk of recurring Colon cancer. We all feel good after a cup of coffee – it’s scientifically proven that it actually helps fight depression coffee, since produces calming hormones like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline.
Caffea Arabica Brings People Closer
Caffea Arabica is an important coffee for many. It serves as a perfect start of day. Its socio-cultural-economic values bind various countries, their people and their lives in more ways than imaginable. Your cup of Caffea Arabica isn’t just a story – the fruition of the cup of coffee has years of history and hours of hard work behind it.