During the eighth Cambodia-Laos-Vietnam (CLV) Development Triangle Summit, the countries of Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia have “agreed to promote trade, investment and tourism” among each other, according to Thanh Nien News. The plan is to increase the economic connectivity between the countries, as well as to “improve tax policies and simplify investment procedures for businesses, especially those operating in shipping, mining, rubber and coffee, energy, telecoms and tourism.” Because of this agreement, farmers in these three countries have begun growing increasing amounts of coffee. This is beneficial for many reasons. Increasing production of coffee will mean not only an increase in these countries’ profits, but also an increase in the health of those who will drink the benefits of expanding coffee production.
The medical benefits of daily coffee intake are numerous and substantial. According to recent scientific studies, drinking coffee improves memory, mood, energy levels, reaction times, and various other cognitive functions. Consuming three to five cups of coffee per day is linked to a reduction in developing Alzheimer’s disease by up to one-fifth. In fact, regular coffee consumption has shown to result in a twenty percent decrease in the likelihood of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, due to coffee’s effect on the reduction of deteriorating brain cells in the memory-linked regions of the brain. A recent report out of the Alzheimer Europe Congress in Glasgow, Scotland claims that the caffeine in coffee reduces inflammation in the brain and prevents the accumulation of proteins in between brain cells, which is a symptom of Alzheimer’s. Additional details about this report can be found here.
The antioxidant levels contained in coffee slow down and may even prevent cell deterioration and damage, and are also connected with a decrease in the rates of liver, colon, and skin cancers, as well and a lowering in the rates of heart disease. Coffee even serves as a mild antidepressant because it increases production of serotonin and dopamine, the body’s natural “feel good” chemicals. The positive results of drinking coffee are also reflected in relieving the severity of tremors for those suffering from Parkinson’s disease, as well as lowering the odds of the development of Type 2 diabetes, heart attack, and stroke.
A convenient and cost-effective way to reap the positive results of coffee consumption is by investing in an espresso machine for the home. Espresso machines remove the need to pay for expensive café coffee by allowing people to home-brew their own coffee. Mid-range models such as the Gaggia 14101 offer the wallet-friendly option of becoming your own barista, as illustrated in this detailed consumer review. Espresso machines offered on Amazon range from $1,000 (which is roughly the equivalent of what the average American spends on coffee in a year) to models below $200; meaning that there is an espresso machine out there to fit every budget.