Vol. 6, Issue 3, Part A (2023)
A comparative study of the fungi spread in Arabic coffee beans in Iraq and some neighboring countries
Author(s): Iman H Al Fayyadh
Abstract: Coffee pain can cause disease, and moisture is known to be a catalyst for fungal growth. In this study, many fungi are identified that may cause a number of expected and dangerous chronic diseases in most people who are addicted to drinking coffee every day. And without adhering to the sound health rules, in which a violation of some or part of them may cause the growth of fungi and the dangerous fungal toxins they produce in coffee, which negatively affect the lives of people who are addicted to drinking coffee, as the coffee making machine and other tools used in drinking coffee provide a suitable environment for the growth of The presence of pathogenic fungi, in addition to their production of toxins, the majority of which are carcinogenic substances that affect, in one way or another, people's lives. Study that fungi that can infect coffee grounds may lead to the accumulation of mycotoxins in the target tissues and organs. Six types of fungi were found in coffee with different percentages ranging from 8.2 to Aspergillus as the highest percentage, while Penicillium was the lowest with a percentage of 1.25. It was not limited to just coffee, but also tea, with Aspergillus flavus being the most frequently encountered. By comparing all the results that came in a study, we find that these six types of fungi are present in coffee, caffeinated substances, and tea, with varying frequency.