15 Exciting Facts About Coffee You Should Know
The smell of a freshly brewed pot of coffee is enough to get the coffee buzz going. Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the entire world ever since it was introduced in the 15th century.
There are millions of people who love coffee and some might even call themselves coffee addicts. Well, this hot beverage has become a cultural phenomenon that has turned into a multi-million dollar industry.
Now you may be a coffee lover but how much do you know about it? Check out these hilarious coffee memes that will spill your coffee mug. While memes are funny and great conversation starters online, this list of coffee facts that might even surprise you:
If you love drinking a hot cup of joe, have you ever considered chewing your coffee? This hot beverage was originally consumed in small edible balls mixed with some animal fat, according to several historians. It was later considered as a liquid treat and stayed the same ever since.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world as it is consumed in great quantities. After water, coffee is the most beloved beverage that millions of people consume regularly. Over 166 million 60 kilogram bags of coffee were consumed in 2020-2021 and is expected to increase this year.
If you think instant coffee is something that is invented in your generation, you’re wrong! It first appeared in 1771 in England. However, it was first mass-produced after 139 years in the US in 1910.
Coffee beans are not a bean but it is a seed that is found in a bush-like plant that grows cherries. This fruit is ripened, picked, processed, and then dried where each cherry contains 2-3 seeds or coffee beans. The taste of your coffee bean highly depends on several elements such as climate, growing area, and so on that’s why they come in different shapes, sizes, and tastes.
It was never called coffee because the term originated in the English language only around the 16th century. Over years, it had many names that were derived from different languages like the earliest coffee term was “Qahwah” which is an Arabic term that means a type of wine. “Caffe” was another term that was derived from Italy which initially came from the Dutch word known as “koffie”. The Ottoman Turks used to call it “kahve” which stem the English name in the 1500s.
Guess what! If you have married in 16th century Constantinople and do not provide enough coffee for your wife, you could get divorced. Yes, you read it right! To all the coffee lovers out there, understandable right?!
Expresso or Espresso? Many coffee drinkers are unaware of the correct pronunciation and are even looked down on by coffee enthusiasts. For everyone who does not know, the right word is espresso which is an Italian term that means pressed out or expressed. Expresso is made when finely ground coffee beans are forced under high pressure in hot water. Now you know too!
Do you know that there were several groups of people that tried to ban your favorite beverage? Caffeine is known to have stimulating effects that are allowed people to think radically. Because of this certain groups planned to irradicate this lovely drink. In the 1600s, a group of British women even made a petition against it and called coffee drinkers useless corpses. In the 1500s, Mecca banned coffee because it stimulated idleness and free thinkers.
In June 2019, a group of people worked together for over a month to create the largest cup of coffee that was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records. The giant cup held a massive 22,739.14 liters of Arabic coffee at Parque de Bolívar, Chinchiná, Caldas, Colombia.
Tired of your cup of joe going cold before you drink it? A simple trick that can help your coffee stay warm for a longer time is by adding a bit of cream. It is one of the simplest coffee hacks out there as your coffee will stay hot 20% longer, while it may not be much but it can be useful.
We know that coffee has a lot of benefits as it has proved to help a lot of people deal with different aspects of life. In 1932, Brazil was unable to send its Olympic athletes to Los Angeles. For their athletes to represent the country, they sent them to a coffee shop that sold on the way so they could gather enough money for their trip.
You have always heard that too much coffee or caffeine can be bad for your health. Well, yes it is true but it would take around 70 cups of coffee to kill a human being roughly 150-160 pounds.
You have thought about having the most expensive coffee out there and it is normal. While it does not sound exciting, the production of this coffee is quite surprising, as it comes from cat poop. Kopi Luwak, an Asian Palm Civet is a cat-like creature that eats coffee cherries but its body is unable to digest the beans and excrete them out. This coffee is sold anywhere from $500-$600. Just make sure that you thoroughly wash them before making your cup of joe.
CIA have their own Starbucks at their Headquarters in Langley but it is not similar to any other shop around the world. The employees are extensively vetted with background checks and they cannot leave their post without an escort.
According to some reports, Brazil is the number one leading exporter when it comes to coffee and even Europe explores more than the USA. But when it comes to consumption, Finland has topped all other countries in the world. However, average coffee drinks will spend at least $1100 on coffee per year.
These are just 12 fun facts about coffee that are fun, exciting, and of course a bit weird. If you love coffee, you must consider visiting these coffee shops from around the world.