31 Unbelievable Coffee Facts09 Mar
I really enjoy a good cup of coffee and I’m pretty sure you do too – so why not make yourself one right now, and join me in a journey through the amazingly unbelievable world of this magical drink. We all know I’m not over-exaggerating here…
1. Across the world, almost 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day!
2. The only state in the US that grows coffee commercially is Hawaii; this unique Kona coffee is grown in the North and South districts of Kona on Hawaii’s big island, and is considered one of the most expensive brands worldwide.
3. The Finns (that’s people from Finland) really love coffee; they drink 2.6 cups of coffee per person every day, more than in any other country in the world!
4. In the USA people maybe drink less coffee than in Finland, but still 83% of all American adults drink this delicious beverage.
5. When coffee became popular throughout the Middle-East, it was banned by many Muslim preachers – as it was compared to alcohol with its arousing effects.
6. It wasn’t only Muslim leaders who had their eye on coffee; in 1675 Charles II king of England had briefly banned coffee houses in England. This came in a turbulent time in England’s history, and Charles was afraid that people met at coffee houses to conspire against him.
7. Coffee was an important comforting drink for American soldiers during the Second World War, the popularity of coffee among the troops gave rise to the phrase “cup of Joe”.
8. So popular was the love between the American soldier and his coffee, that coffee “Americano” was named after the custom of troops adding a drop of water to their espresso to slightly reduce its strength.
9. Growing coffee is for the patient, it takes between 3 to 4 years for coffee bushes to mature and produce coffee berries, after which each tree keeps providing coffee beans for 20 – 30 years.
10. Many great people throughout history have been known to have a lover affair with coffee, from Theodore Roosevelt to Johann Sebastian Bach. But perhaps the greatest known coffee lover was the French thinker, writer and philosopher Voltaire – who was said to drink 50 cups of coffee a day!
11. In case you were wandering, Voltaire was in the safe zone. 100 cups of coffee consumed in a relatively short period of time is considered a lethal dose of coffee.
12. Drinking a cup of coffee could do much more than cure a mild hangover, a recent study has shown that for every cup of coffee participants drank per day, they were 22 percent less likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis – so coffee actually defends your liver from alcohol related illness.
13. We all know coffee has caffeine in it, but have you ever asked why? Well, caffeine helps the coffee bush repel pests, and on the other hand attracts insects such as bees that pollinate the plant helping it to reproduce.
14. As part of the wedding vows in ancient Turkey, a husband was required to provide his wife’s every need – including coffee. By law, a wife who did not receive coffee could divorce her husband.
15. Crème Puff was recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the oldest cat, reaching the age of 38 when she died in 2005. Her owner fed her coffee every morning alongside broccoli, bacon and eggs.
16. Caffeine helps the body burn fat.
17. Instant coffee began to be mass produced in 1906, after the process of creating it was invented by George Washington (no… not that Washington).
18. Would you believe that the first ever webcam was invented to track a pot of coffee in the other room, so the computer science department researchers never run out of coffee? You can trust the scientists in the University of Cambridge to know what’s important in life.
19. Coffee is the world’s second most popular beverage – after water of course (is anyone surprised?).
20. Drinking between 3 to 5 cups of coffee a day substantially lowers your risk to develop old-age related illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s or Dementia.
21. The word “coffee” originates from the Arabic name “kahhwat al-bun” (or kahhwa in short) which means “wine of the bean”.
22. Before coffee rose to become a world famous and loved drink, initially it was eaten. Tribes throughout East Africa used to grind coffee berries, mix them with animal fat and roll little coffee balls for some extra energy in battle.
23. Coffee was the first ever commodity to be freeze dried – a process that kept it fresh and safe for storage and transport.
24. According to a well-known legend, coffee was discovered by Ethiopian herders who observed their goats dancing wildly after eating from coffee bushes.
25. The world’s market strongly relies on coffee as a commodity, 90% of coffee is produced in developing countries, and is usually a very important export commodity sustaining whole communities.
26. Coffee has been found to drastically reduce the risk of type II diabetes, with research showing a reduction rate of between 23% and up to 67% for people who drink several cups of coffee per day.
27. New York, the city that never sleeps, apparently runs on coffee. New-Yorkers love their coffee, drinking about 7 times more coffee than in any other city around the globe.
28. Forget the Japanese tea ceremony, Ethiopia which is considered the birthplace of coffee and one of the most important coffee producers in the world (notably the premium Sidamo beans), holds local coffee ceremonies where it takes over an hour to make a cup of coffee.
29. Not only is coffee the second most traded commodity after oil, it may replace oil as the fuel of the future. In 2011, a car running on coffee beans (I kid you not) broke the speed record for a car running on organic fuel.
30. Brazil is long recognized as the top producer of coffee, producing over 2.7 million tons of coffee beans each year – accounting for about 33% of the global coffee market.
31. Arabica beans constitute about 70% of the world’s coffee beans, but are harder to grow and produce a more subtle flavor with less caffeine. Robusta beans on the other hand constitute around 30% of the world’s coffee, are much easier to grow, but produce stronger coffee aromas with more caffeine. Good quality coffee is commonly created by blending the two together, using beans from different regions with unique characteristics.