An herb entry from the Ancient Herbs and Modern Herbs book by James K. Sayre, Copyright, 2001. All rights reserved.
Coffee, Liberica - Coffea liberica - family: Rubiaceae (Madder Family).
This evergreen shrub or tree grows to about fifteen feet high. It has
large glossy leathery oval-shaped dark green leaves and produces scented
star-shaped white flowers. The flowers are followed by fruits that each
contain two red-brown coffee beans (seeds). These beans are fermented and
then they are roasted. They are the source of the familiar adult beverage
encountered the world over. They contain significant amounts of caffeine.
Caffeine is a bitter white alkaloid with the formula C8H10N4O2.H2O. Coffee
is traditionally used as a general mental stimulant. It is used as a remedy
for fatigue, being tired and for headaches. Note: excessive amounts cause
nervousness and insomnia. Note: if you are pregnant or nursing, use in moderation
if at all, due to its caffeine content. Note: coffee is mildly addictive;
its withdrawal symptoms include headaches. Note: unroasted beans may be
toxic. This is a coffee of supposedly lesser quality than that brewed from
Coffea arabica. Native to tropical Africa. Cultivated in tropical Africa.
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