Chocolate. The word alone is a beautiful thing. The substance? It is the stuff of legend, of luxury, and of a great historic lore. From the humble brown pod that is the cacao bean comes this delicious food that seems to make everything better. Here at Organo Gold, we have the trilogy of coffee, chocolate and Ganoderma lucidum in an array of our most popular products — including OG Gourmet Hot Chocolate,OG Gourmet Café Mocha and OG BrewKups Chocolate Almond. Clearly, coffee and chocolate are close pals, and highly compatible ones at that.
Here are some fun and intriguing facts about chocolate:
1. There is a correlation between the amount of chocolate a country consumes on average and the number of Nobel Laureates that country has produced.
2. The blood in the renowned shower scene in the Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho was actually chocolate syrup.
3. At one point the Nazis plotted to assassinate Winston Churchill with an exploding bar of chocolate.
4. Theobromine, the compound in chocolate that makes it poisonous to dogs, can kill a human as well. You’d have to be a real glutton to go out this way though! An average 10-year-old child would have to eat 1,900 Hershey’s miniature milk chocolates to reach a fatal dose.
5. The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to the bitter, spicy drink the Aztecs made from cacao beans.
6. Chocolate has been consumed as a liquid, not a solid, for an estimated 90 percent of its history.
7. A wide range of substances have been ground up and mixed with chocolate, including, in the pre-Columbia era, possible dinosaur fossils.
8. The inventor of the chocolate chip cookie, Ruth Wakefield, sold her cookie recipe to Nestlé in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.
9. Milky Way candy bars are not named after the galaxy. The name came from the malted milkshakes whose flavor they originally intended to mimic.
10. A 2013 study found that the scent of chocolate in a bookstore made customers 40 percent more likely to buy cookbooks or romance novels, and 22 percent more likely to buy books of any genre.
For more fun facts about chocolate, see this Buzzfeed article entitled 41 Delicious Facts About Chocolate That You Probably Didn’t Knowby BuzzFeed staff writer James Grebey.
Health Benefits of Chocolate
“Coffee hydrates as well as water” was a headline heard around the world, and it certainly got our attention here at OG HQ!
Our bodies are made up of about 60% water, and staying hydrated is key in controlling body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure. Not to mention, healthy skin, hair and nails. “Healthy Hydration” is definitely essential,” says Jim White, registered dietitian and American Dietetic Association spokesman.
In the past… coffee has not received the same attention as water (and other fluids) considered to be “hydrators”, yet it plays a much more critical part in our daily lives and for our bodies. In fact, coffee has often been thought of by many to be dehydrating (given it’s diuretic effect). Well, those myths have been completely debunked, offering reassuring news for coffee lovers worried that their daily dose of Java may leave them dehydrated.
The University of Birmingham in England devised new research to compare whether drinking coffee affected hydration differently than water consumption. “Our research aimed to establish if regular coffee consumption, under normal living conditions, is detrimental to the drinker’s hydration status,” lead author Sophie Killer, a doctoral researcher, said in a statement.
The investigators analyzed hydration status with several established measures—body mass, total body water, and blood and urine tests. They found the hydration effects of coffee or water did not differ significantly. “Consumption of a moderate intake of coffee, 4 cups per day, in regular coffee-drinking males caused no significant difference across a wide range of hydration indicators compared to the consumption of equal amounts of water,” Killer said. Killer and her colleagues noted that public health recommendations to exclude caffeinated beverages from daily fluid needs or to drink a glass of water for every cup of coffee or tea consumed “should be updated to reflect [our] findings.”
Go Ahead – Enjoy your OG coffee with even greater pleasure, and a distinct lack of guilt! More importantly, stay hydrated – the OG way!
Our coffee is additionally Ganoderma Lucidum–
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The history of Tea is long and complex, spreading across multiple cultures over the span of centuries. Thousands of different varieties of teas are available all over the world, varying by the region grown, time of year picked, and processing method. Perhaps Africa is not top on your mental list of tea producing continents, but as we explore and will discover, Africa grows a variety of popular teas.
Let’s Explore Africa…
Africa has greatly increased its tea production in recent decades with tea producing countries such as South Africa, Kenya, Malawi and Zimbabwe producing about 32% of world exports (the great majority for export to Europe and North America, respectively). Produced on large estates, often owned by tea companies from the export markets, where almost all production is of basic mass-market teas are processed by the “Crush, Tear, Curl” method. The CTC method sends tea through a fine-toothed roller machine, which breaks down the roasted leaves into small particles, and resembles what we traditionally imagine to be tea (and is ideal for putting into tea bags).
South Africa – has become infamous for their herbal infused Rooibos Teas made from the South African Red Bush, commonly referred to as “Red Tea”. An herbal gem, the South African Green Rooibos Teas are mild in taste and come with an impressive resume of benefits. The Green Rooibos leaves are lightly steamed to halt the oxidation process, preserving the South African herb’s natural enzymes. And, let us not overlook the South African Honey Bush – grown in the wild with its soft, clear honey tones, it can be blended to create a wide variety of flavors.
South Africa : A Shorthand History
Kenya – one of the oldest of the African producers, Kenya has a history of tea dating back to 1903, when tea seeds from India were first planted on a two acre farm. Kenya’s equatorial climate allows tea growing all year round, creating teas that are very bright and colorful, with a reddish coppery tint and a pleasant brisk flavor.
The History Of Kenya
Malawi – nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa,” Malawi is Africa’s second largest tea producer next to Kenya and a pioneer of tea growing in Africa. With production first starting commercially in the 1880s in Mulanje, Malawi was the first African country to adopt the cloning method of estate refurbishment. Although Malawi teas are not as well known as specialty teas, their superb color and brightness make them ideal for blending with other tea types.
Malawi: Moments in History (Long)
Zimbabwe – tea production in Zimbabwe began commercially only after the successful establishment of irrigated tea estates. With an average annual rainfall of not more than 26 inches per annum, as opposed to the 50 plus inches per annum usually required, irrigation is essential to continuous growth. Today, tea is a “controlled” commodity in Zimbabwe so that its quality and industry growth are protected.
African Lesson: The History Of Zimbabwe (Southern Africa)