Black, with milk, spotted, sweetened… coffee is unique in aroma and taste. It differs in tones and combinations and carries with it habits, moments and even needs. It is a substance of ingestion, almost obligatory for many, and there are those who define themselves addicted to it. Others are faithful followers, fanatics and enthusiasts and of course there is also the minority that despises it. Be that as it may, this natural xanthine, awakens awakenings in a very high percentage of the population and has associated beliefs and psycho-physical effects. Undoubtedly, coffee brings us emotions.
A friend of any table, coffee is served and drunk with delight. It is the protagonist of our days, and we enjoy it alone or in company. Psychologically it is in the social, but also in the individual. Let’s talk about it, where does its power lie, does its color and aroma have something to do with it, or is it only influenced by the way it is drunk?
The physical coffee
Absorbed by the upper part of the small intestine, caffeine reaches its maximum concentration between fifteen and sixty minutes after its consumption. Its life time is varied, until it is excreted in the urine, long hours after its ingestion. It does not accumulate in the bloodstream and has stimulating effects on the Central Nervous System among others. Not surprisingly for smokers who accompany their cigarette with an aromatic cup of coffee, it is important to know that caffeine increases the reinforcing effects of nicotine. Hence the pleasure, almost inevitable in tobacco addicts.
On the other hand, different studies have acclaimed the advantages of its intake in prudent quantities. We speak for example of the stimulation of short-term memory, benefits in the neurological system, reduction of the risk of diabetes, it is even said that coffee consumption also reduces the risk of several types of cancer.
At the psychological level, studies indicate that caffeine in moderate doses has effects on mood, increases alertness and self-confidence. On the contrary, excessive consumption can produce anxiety, insomnia, stress, restlessness and even depression. Its suspension can lead to withdrawal syndrome and can lead to irritability, bad moods and headaches, although it is important to mention that a moderate consumption is not bad for health as explained above.
But let us go further. Emotions play an important role when it comes to ingesting food. Coffee is no less and research shows that caffeine is associated with pleasure, activity, energy and happiness. Just as in the social aspect it is linked to activity, friendship, affection and satisfaction, in the personal and individual aspect it is related to peace, tranquility and enjoyment. The color of course influences, providing here a sensation of passive vitality, which induces peace and enjoyment.
In short, caffeine is the methylxanthine with the most potent effects on the CNS. Its effect begins to be felt (on average) half an hour after ingestion and provides energy and mental alertness. In moderate doses it is advantageous for health and in excessive doses it can create nervousness and stress. Pleasant emotions are associated with coffee and its color and it is an advantageous substance in the social field. Offering a cup of coffee or meeting someone for coffee is not just a typical topic. It is something that transcends good manners and benefits social relations. Would you like a coffee? And with this I am saying; make yourself comfortable, I am listening, I will accompany you or what is the same, I would like to enjoy a moment with you.