What is ambrosia to the Gods, coffee is to the people. For more than 10 centuries, mankind has pursued this magical seed as an essential ingredient in their existence.
I mean, who does not love a beautiful cup of coffee? A vast majority of the people start their days with a cup. Others would not even consider working without coffee by their desk. For example, for me ain’t a thing better than a cup of coffee on the balcony after I have done my work successfully. To sum up, PEOPLE LOVE COFFEE! Therefore, let’s check some fun facts about it.
- With 2,25 billions of cups drank a day around the World, the coffee is one of the most consumed beverage. It may sound easy and simple, but we all know that many factors play a role that shape one good cup of coffee.
- Originally, the coffee was chewed. The legends says that shepherds have discovered the coffee circa 9th century A.D. They would notice a strange behavior around the herd after the goats have eaten the coffee seed. A local monk then made a drink out of the coffee berries which kept him awake all night, thus the original cup of coffee was born.
- There are two main types of coffee beans. Arabica is predominantly grown and used, so you are more likely to be consuming arabica. Although, less popular is Robusta which tastes slightly more bitter and contains twice as much caffeine.
- Brazil grows the most coffee in the World. According to the International Coffee Organization, Brazil produces about a third of the World’s supply.
- Throughout the history, there were several attempts to ban the beverage. Many of the world’s leader believed that coffee stimulates radical thinking. Also, circa 17th century women thought it was turning their men into “useless corpses”.
- Decaf does not mean caffeine-free! Actually, an eight-ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee contains 2 to 12 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison, a regular cup of coffee supplies between 95 to 200 milligrams, while one can of cola only has 23 to 35 milligrams of caffeine.
- Coffee drinkers live longer. Researches have found out that coffee consumers have a longer life span. Also, according to Harvard Health Publishing, coffee consumption benefits with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease.
- Beethoven loved coffee. But, also he was a pain in the ass about it and barista’s worst nightmare. He always insisted his cup to be made out of 60 beans of coffee.
- You can overdose on coffee. But do not worry, it takes approximately 30 cups of coffee to get close the lethal dose.
- Coffee beans have provided Brazil’s attendance at the Olympics once. In 1932, Brazil couldn’t afford to send its athletes to the Olympics in Los Angeles. So, they loaded their ship with coffee and sold it along the way.
- Coffee as a combustible matter? Researches have found a great success into converting coffee to biodiesel. Therefore, maybe one day the coffee could fuel up our vehicles.