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Old December 7th, 2017, 07:39 PM   #1

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The Impact of Coffee and Tea

Coffee and tea are everywhere, from social settings to sports performance. However, in the fitness world, there are synthetic supplements rising in popularity.

These new-age caffeinated beverages have taken storm in the fitness microcosm as the cutting edge of high performance.

Why bring this up to a history forum?

Curiosity really.

I mean coffee was seen as exotic and met with skepticism in London during the 1600s. Yet, a hundred years later, it grew into a very popular beverage.

I'm curious to know if anyone on here has used sports performance 'pre-workout' supplements and what they think about the future impact of this now-niche item.

I've written a post comparing these synthetic drinks along with the impact that long-standing caffeinated beverages, like coffee and tea have had on the world.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 04:28 AM   #2
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I don't know about coffee, but one of the causes of Opium Wars (at least the first one) was that the English wanted to drink Chinese tea but didn't have enough silver to pay for it.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 09:41 AM   #3

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I've seen a good bit of advice to drink coffee before competing. But I've never taken any other kind of supplement.
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Old December 8th, 2017, 09:50 AM   #4

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Studies seem to indicate that moderate coffee consumption is beneficial, especially for males. Those new caffeinated drink supplements have too many artificial ingredients for me, like artificial sweeteners, for one.
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Uneven Outcomes

Coffee obviously ramped up the Western cultures -- and still wakes up 85% of the working-age population in industrialized nations.

Post Colonial cultural theorists submit that coffee trade condemned the producing nations to low-margin agricultural economies.
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Old December 22nd, 2017, 09:03 AM   #6

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Maybe if the Boston Tea Party hadn't dumped the tea in the water, America might never have been.
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