International Coffee Day
Coffee Facts You Didn’t Know!
Coffee seems to be one of the most precious commodities around and of course, it kick starts the day for millions all over the world. Yet, you will be surprised to know that a handful of coffee lovers actually know basic coffee facts. Coffee is so loved by so many, it has developed its own culture. All across the world today you’ll find a coffee house or a cafe on almost every corner of every city. Because of this high demand, coffee has grown into a multi-million dollar industry that stimulates the whole world’s economy. But, how much do you know about this little coffee bean? For this year’s International Coffee Day we at Espresso Gurus decided to spill the beans for every coffee lover out there and write a post on coffee facts you didn’t know.
International Coffee Day
Coffee Facts You Didn’t Know
Interesting and Stimulating Coffee Facts
- Coffee is only grown from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn near the equator and only within a 1,000-mile limit.
- There are 1,200 different chemical components in coffee. More than half of these components are what make up the delicious flavor of coffee that you enjoy each morning.
- You’ll find 80 to 140 milligrams of caffeine in just one seven-ounce cup of coffee.
- There are 400 billion cups of coffee consumed all over the world, making it the most popular beverage in the world.
- Here’s one of those coffee facts you might not think is true due to all the coffee shops there are, but 79% of all coffee consumed is served in our own homes. The second most popular place where coffee is consumed is in the workplace.
Discovery Of Coffee Beans
Funny Story Behind the Discovery of the Coffee Beans
International Coffee Day – Coffee Facts | The story about how the coffee bean was discovered may not be entirely true but, is the most common story that you hear about is this one. It has been said that a goat herder herding goats somewhere in Ethiopia woke up in the middle of the night and found his goats were acting strange and seemed overly stimulated. They were jumping around and kicking and seemed to be almost in a state of delirium. This behavior peaked the curiosity of the goat herder. So, the next day he watched over his goats very attentively in order to discover what was going on. He noticed that there was a foreign plant that had berries on it that the goats were eating. He took a few of these berries for himself and ate them and found that he too seemed stimulated after eating them. The story goes that one night when he was enjoying his berries a monk passing by asked him why he seemed to be filled with so much energy. The herder told him about it and soon after the word got out about these berries and the desire for these precious little berries spread like a wildfire.
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Historical Coffee Facts
Whether you want to believe the coffee bean story is up to you, however, below are some true historical coffee facts you might not know.
- “Kaveh Kanes” were the names of the very first coffee houses set up in Mecca. This was the main place of trade for those precious berries mentioned in the coffee bean discovery story.
- Mocha is actually the name of the seaport that was the route to Mecca where coffee trade took place. Coffee back then was a well-guarded commodity and no one was allowed to take any fertile plants out of the country.
- The first two people to ever drink actual coffee were the Mufti of Aden and Scheha Beddin an Arab author. Both lived during the 9th century.
- Damascus and Istanbul were the first two cities to open up coffee houses in the 1530’s. Turkey opened their coffee houses in 1554.
- The Dutch were the very first to bring coffee out of Mocha and introduce it to the rest of the world. They first cultivated their own coffee in Ceylon, now called Sri Lanka, in 1658.
- George C. Washington an English chemist invented the first instant coffee in 1906 and called it “Red-E-Coffee. It first hit the market in 1909.
Interesting Coffee Facts
More Interesting Coffee Facts:
- Linnaeus was the first person to correctly describe the botanicals of coffee in the mid-18th century.
- There are at least 25 major species of coffee.
- All major species of coffee are all indigenous to tropical Africa and some islands in the Indian Ocean like Madagascar.
- Coffee is extremely hard to classify because of the many variations in the plants and seeds.
- 70% of all the world’s coffee production comes from the Arabica Coffea plant.
- The next most popular comes from the Canephora Coffea plant.
Do you have any idea why the physical properties of coffee tend to be so important?
International Coffee Day – Coffee Facts | Over the centuries people have discovered that by incorporating the physical aspects of coffee plants and their beans is what helps to produce the best coffee drink. It all depends on their appearance, size, volume, weight, color, shape, moisture content, solubility, texture and on and on. All of this allows people to use the right equipment and use the correct process that is suitable for the coffee beans they are working with.
- When the coffee beans reach a red color, this is the indicator of their maturity and they’re ready to be harvested.
- Color is also the indicator of the degree in which the coffee beans are roasted.
- After the coffee beans have been dried to an even moisture content just right for storing, the coffee beans are then separated into grades by their color, shape, and size.
- The moisture content is very important because coffee is porous and is highly susceptible to microscopic fungi and this can affect the aroma and taste.
- Floatation is a process used to separate and remove any defective coffee beans according to the density of the beans. This is also when twigs and stones are removed.
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Is Coffee Good or Bad For You?
Health Questions Answered:
- Can caffeine kill you? – Experts say, sure if you were to drink 80 to 100 cups super fast and all at once. That might do the trick. Otherwise coffee isn’t going to kill you, although it might keep you up all night if you drink too much.
- Can caffeine boost the female sex drive? – Well, a study done on female rats worked. However, for humans, it doesn’t seem to have any influence.
- Does coffee relieve pain? – There was a study that did show that two cups of coffee did seem to alleviate the pain one might get from working out in a gym. However, this test was done on people who were not regular coffee drinkers. So, for big-time coffee drinkers, it may not work because they may be immune to the caffeine effect.
- Does decaf coffee have caffeine? – Believe it or not, the answer is yes. However, it’s a very small amount. You’d have to drink about 7 cups of java to get the same amount of caffeine as one cup of coffee with caffeine.
- Does the caffeine make coffee bitter? – Actually, no. It’s the healthy anti-oxidants that often give coffee a bitter taste.
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And now, if you haven’t had enough coffee facts, here are just a few more interesting bits of information about your favorite drink.
- Coffee is the only natural no calorie drink. It only gains calories by adding all the fancy stuff we put in it.
- A long time ago, the word “coffee” was actually a term used for wine. Coffee became so popular and so many people started drinking it because it kept them awake and didn’t knock them out like wine, they decided to give the term “coffee” over to the beverage you drink every morning.
- Did you know that it takes just about 45 coffee beans to make just one shot of espresso?
- The Japanese bathe in a fermented pineapple pulp that is mixed with coffee grounds for a beauty treatment they say tones the skin and reduces wrinkles.
- Dying plants can be brought back to life by putting either cold coffee or coffee grounds into the soil.
- It takes five years for a coffee plant to reach maturity and then it only produces 1 to 2 pounds from each plant. Explain why coffee is so expensive?
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Coffee Fact – “Cup of Joe”
Finally, why is a cup of coffee called a cup of Joe?
Cup Of Joe – Coffee Fact | Well, it seems that in 1913, the US Navy had some of the same habits as the British Navy, one of them was drinking way too much rum. In fact, it is said they would drink rum every hour or so, that was the tradition. However, that soon changed when the new Secretary of the Navy took over. His name was Joseph (Joe) Daniels, a non-alcohol man. He decided to prohibit any alcohol on any US Navy ship. Coffee then turned out to be the strongest drink available to the sailors. They didn’t like it but since there was nothing else much better they went with it. Then the sailors started calling their coffee mugs a “Cup of Joe”.
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