Coffee is known for the marvels which are associated with caffeine; its main ingredient. Caffeine is the element that makes coffee a stimulating drink and this stimulating effect of it was first observed centuries ago by a shepherd who saw his goats becoming energetic and active after eating leaves and beans from a coffee tree. Shepherd then used the fruits of this tree for himself and felt more zealous and more alert. Then the fruit was used by a monk, in what is now called Ethiopia, to stay awake at night for praying. After that, the knowledge about the unique ability of coffee started spreading like a jungle fire. Until the 16th century, the coffee beans had made their place in the East, especially in Persia and very soon the people in Arabia also started using coffee. The Arabian doctors started prescribing it for proper digestion and cheerful mood.
It took a unique form in Arabia which came to be called “Kahwa” or “Cahue” which was a unique infusion and till the present day it is recognized as the Arabic version of coffee.
Then it was introduced in Turkey and Italy in 1675 then it reached Holland and then through Dutch trade it made its way into New World, Guyana, Martinique, Santo Domingo, Puerto Rico, and Cuba.
It was then, that the coffee houses started emerging rapidly in the market, some of which even got a tremendous reputation, such as “Virginia Coffee House” in London and “Coffee of La Regence” in Paris. Many others also followed e.g. Voltaire, Rousseau, Diderot, and Richelieu.
Effect of Coffee on Male Fertility
However, it was not until modern-day, centuries after coffee was discovered, that we came to know another hidden marvelous ability of it, and that is its ability to stimulate male sperm. A coordinated study conducted by Brazilian urologist Dr. Fabio Pasqualotto stunned the world when he claimed that men who take a minimum of one cup of coffee a day, show greater sperm mobility. Their sperms are faster and more mobile, increasing male fertility and making it more possible for women to conceive.
Dr Pasqualotto tested coffee on 750 sexually active, fertile men, and although the number of sperms remained the same but quality was enhanced, resulting in more mobile sperms. He further explained that among the men who were tested, a total of 67% of sperms were found to be active enough to reach the ovule. Unlike that, men who didn’t take coffee had 54% of mobile sperms. Research is still underway to assess coffee’s impacts on infertile men.