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A beverage prepared from dried ground beans of Coffea arabica, an African evergreen; the berries are rich in caffeine, which stimulates the CNS and cardiorespiratory system and results in mild addictive symptoms.
Lifestyle Cardiovascular system 5 cups/day have been only anecdotally associated with increased CAD, arrhythmia, increased LDL-C, and apoB; the data is weak
Surgery Coffee may have a positive impact on symptomatic gallstone disease
Alternative medicine Except for enemas in Gerson therapy, alternative health ‘providers’ regard coffee in a negative light, as (1) its effects are abrupt in onset—which is not ‘natural’; (2) it is a psychoactive and addictive; and (3) per the homeopathic construct, it has an ‘antidoting’ effect, and may cancel the effects of homeopathic remedies—patients being treated by a homeopath may be required to abstain from coffee
Drug slang A regional term for LSD
Homeopathy See Coffea
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Lifestyle A beverage made from dried, roasted beans of the coffee tree–Coffea arabica, a moderate stimulant causing mild physical dependence
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


A mildly stimulating drink made from the roasted and ground seeds or beans of one of several trees of the genus Coffea, which grows in East Asia and Africa. The active element is CAFFEINE and medical scientists have been arguing for years whether or not coffee, in moderation, is harmful.
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Patient discussion about coffee

Q. How does coffee affect a diet? does it have an affect on metabolism? on losing weight?

A. Well, coffee can increase and to accelerate the beginning of burning fat during exercise (usually only after 20-30 minutes of exercise), but the overall effect is not that substantial. YOu should remember that it makes your kidney to produce more urine, so you should drink more.

Q. What is better for you tea or coffee? I like to drink both tea and coffee, but which is healthier for me and has less caffeine?

A. tea is much better than coffee because tea has antioxidants,which help the body,coffee does not and coffee has more caffine than tea.

Q. Is coffee so harmful? I am Saloni, 17 and a keen coffee-lover. Now-a-days, I drink lot of coffee which my brother has noticed and advised me to minimize the quantity. He also blames coffee for heart diseases and addiction status of the person. Is coffee so harmful?

A. The last response says "coffee is bad for you". This response gives no basis for its conclusion.

Coffee is served in hospitals. If coffee was really bad for you, then hospitals are doing bad things to patients and would have been sued for malpractice. A judge would laugh you right out of court for trying.

There are no FDA health warnings on coffee.

Coffee is served in restaurants everywhere in the world. Its everywhere in the work place. There aren't any rules concerning coffee.

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The experiment design was of completely randomized blocks with six repetitions and four treatments, spatially distributed due to shade trees' localization: coffee trees on shade trees planting rows, distant one meter from the trunk (D1L); coffee trees on shade trees planting rows, distant six meters from the trunk (D6L); coffee plants between the rows of shade trees, parallel to treatments D1L and D6L (DIE and D6E) (Figure 1).
The most important are (i) irregular water supply and/or drought to which coffee trees are highly sensitive; (ii) insufficient strategic focus and investment across the value chain; (iii) limited research and extension for coffee farmers; (iv) absence of transparent marketing systems; (v) breakdown of the standardization system; and (vi) lack of branding.
So Haiti's coffee trees are naturally inclined to shoot up quickly if left to their own devices--it's part of the genetic makeup of the plant.
Efficacy of harvesting labor (average number of mature coffee berries remaining from 50 coffee trees after each harvesting) during 2003 and 2004, in 'La Esperanza' farm, Quimbaya, Colombia.
Native to Africa, the coffee tree is in the gardenia family and divided into two species.
Within this Kona belt, some 630 farmers tend coffee trees on 3,500 acres.
We have a few Kentucky Coffee Trees (Glymnocladus Dioica) here and I've been told that early settlers used the seed for a coffee substitute.
In Mr Sannda's expert opinion, coffee trees between seven and 20 years attain the highest yields and best quality berries.
In Colombia, when the coffee trees were sprayed, some of the pesticides got int the lungs of farmers.
The tree selection includes Accolade elm, European beech, Greenspire Little Leaf linden, hackberry, Kentucky coffee tree, northern red oak and swamp white oak.
The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) today releases 'Coffee Tree Mycafe 4-In-1 Penang Durian White Coffee' to the importer as all the samples taken passed its tests.
One of the trees scheduled for felling is a Kentucky coffee tree, Gymnocladus dioicus.