When we speak of love and marriage, we often recount the popular “salted coffee” story. The story happened long ago but its meaning is still relevant today.
There was a beautiful, glamorous woman at a party. Many men had their eyes on her, including a normal, humble guy. To everyone’s surprise, at the end of the party, he decided to approach her and invited her to have coffee with him at another table. She hesitated and considered his earnest invitation, then politely accepted.
They sat at a small corner table. Face to face with the beauty, the fellow became shy and acted clumsily. He did not know how to start the conversation. Suddenly, he called the waiter and asked, “Can I have some salt for my coffee please?” Everyone looked at him with astonishment. He blushed, but he calmly put a teaspoon of salt into his coffee and drank it. The woman asked curiously, “Is it what you like? It is my first time seeing this.” He answered, “When I was small, my family used to live near the sea. I love the salty taste of the sea. So now, whenever I order a cup of coffee, I prefer a little salt instead of sugar. It reminds me of my childhood and my hometown.” After listening to his answer, the woman was moved. She thought, “A man who misses his hometown will surely love and be responsible to his family.” The talk then became more natural, she openly spoke about herself and her birthplace. Before leaving, they agreed that they would meet again soon. Day after day, she thought that she had met the right man as she could feel his care and sincerity. You can guess the ending. The princess found her prince, and they were married.
They lived happily together. Every morning, she prepared a cup of salted coffee for her husband. And the man always thanked his wife for making such a good cup of coffee for him.
Fifty years later, the man became sick and passed away . After his death, the wife collected all his most private belongings and she found a letter that was hidden in a closet. The letter said, “Dear beloved wife, please forgive me for the lie that I have been carrying my whole life – the lie about the salted coffee. Do you remember the first time I invited you for a cup of coffee at the party? I was so nervous that I asked the waiter for salt instead of sugar. Because I was anxious, I could not correct my words, so I accepted the salt, put it into my drink and went on with my lie about a childhood spent living by the sea so I could finally start the conversation and have a chance to be close to you. There were many times that I wanted to tell you the truth, but I was afraid that you would not forgive me, so I swore to myself that it would be my one and only lie. Now, since I am gone, I will tell you the truth. I don’t like drinking salted coffee. However, throughout the years of our marriage, I woke up every morning and you prepared a cup of salty coffee for me. I never regretted it. If I could do it all over again, I would keep drinking salted coffee in order to have you by my side until the end.”
After reading the letter, the wife couldn’t help but cry. If you asked her, “How does the salted coffee taste?,” she would reply, “It’s very sweet, my dear!”
For love, the man drank salted coffee his whole life. What about us?
Coffee and Life
Drinking a moderate amount of coffee in the morning brings some surprising benefits. However, it is harmful to your health if you drink too much during the day. And salt is definitely not recommended!
A study in Japan looked at the effect of coffee on the circulation of people who did not drink coffee regularly. During the experiment, each person drank approximately 30 ml of coffee. The researchers investigated the blood flow to the fingers. Results showed that the blood flow increased by 30 per cent. Better blood flow means more oxygen is transported to the muscles.
A recent study stated that drinking two to three cups of coffee an hour before doing physical exercise helped relieve muscle pain. Scientists believe that caffeine in coffee helps enhance muscle strength and flexibility. This is why some Western pain reduction medicines contain caffeine.
Johns Hopkins University researchers discovered that caffeine in coffee may help improve memory up to 24 hours after drinking. As a result, people in the creative industries often drink a cup of coffee to refresh their minds before work.
Coffee is a great source of energy, but excessive consumption is very harmful. According to a recent study, we should not drink more than three cups of coffee per day.
If you drink too much coffee, what are the consequences?
Like any other habit, drinking coffee can lead to addiction. An addict who goes without coffee will suffer from headaches, irritation and lack of concentration.
Many people try to give up coffee but quitting abruptly can make the body sluggish. As well as experiencing low energy, they can get shaky hands and feel sleepy, just like drug addicts.
Caffeine can stimulate the central nervous system, causing anxiety and restlessness. Drinking more than four cups of coffee per day can cause damage to the adrenal glands, reducing nerve resistance in stressful situations and increasing susceptability to disease.
Some advice for those drink copious amounts of coffee regularly, is to be more concerned about your wellbeing. Moderation is the key. Two cups of coffee a day is enough to satisfy your habit without affecting your health negatively.
This content is also available in: Vietnamese