Black or white, sweet or straight up, coffee is a beloved liquid – the vital fluid – which is necessary for van drivers across Australia.
It’s estimated more than a billion cups of coffee are drunk in cafes, roadhouses and restaurants across this country each year making coffee a $10 billon industry.
We’re now so addicted that the average Australian drinks 107 litres of coffee a year.
But we’re way behind the No. 1 coffee nation Finland, where the average is 608 litres a year!
Beyond the taste, coffee’s true gift is in its chemistry – in the caffeine it contains.
Caffeine (or 1,3,7-trimethylxanthine as the chemists call it) is a powerful stimulant. Not only does it slow down the process which creates ‘drowsiness’, it reverses it, causing the nerve cells in our brain to speed up. The body senses this acceleration, thinks something must be going on, and starts to produce adrenalin.
No wonder it perks us right up!
According to the NSW Health Department there is “very little risk of harm if you have less than 600mg of caffeine a day” which is about six cups of instant.
Over indulgence can lead to nausea, sleeplessness, nervousness and depression. On the upside regular drinkers apparently reduce their chances of developing a number of diseases.
But whether you drink it on the road or on your break, by the cup or the cask, the fact is that coffee is in the bloodstream of Australian transport.
"Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love."