Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans. Let’s see some interesting facts and trivia about it!
1.Coffea is native to tropical Africa, Madagascar, and the Comoros, Mauritius and Réunion in the Indian Ocean
2. The plant was exported from Africa to countries around the world and coffee plants are now cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, India, and Africa.
3. The two most commonly grown are the highly regarded arabica, and the less sophisticated but stronger and more hardy robusta.
4. The earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi shrines of Yemen.
5. Coffee seeds were first exported from Eastern Africa to Yemen, as the coffee plant is thought to have been indigenous to the former.
6. From the Middle East, coffee spread to Italy. The thriving trade between Venice and North Africa, Egypt, and the Middle East brought many goods, including coffee, to the Venetian port. From Venice, it was introduced to the rest of Europe.
7. The Dutch East India Company was the first to import coffee on a large scale.
8. Starbucks sustainability chief Jim Hanna has warned that climate change may significantly impact coffee yields within a few decades.
9. Caffeine was once thought to be a significant diuretic, but that’s actually not true. Unless it’s consumed in large quantities (more than 500 to 600 mg a day, or two coffees) there aren’t such negative effects. In fact, studies have shown that urine output isn’t significantly changed when a person drinks a caffeinated beverage, rather than something non-caffeinated like water.
10. Coffee contains lots of antioxidants that help the body fight chemicals called “free radicals.” As a result, coffee French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac supposedly consumed 50 cups of coffee a day to fuel his inspiration while writing. It’s scary to think that the lethal dose is about 100 cups of coffee.drinkers are at a lower risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Type II Diabetes, and Heart Disease.
11. Coffee contains important nutrients you need to survive. A single cup of coffee contains 11% of the daily recommended amount of Riboflavin (vitamin B2), 6% of Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5), 3% of Manganese and Potassium, and 2% of Niacin and Magnesium.
12. The buzz you feel after drinking coffee is actually from ingesting tiny 0.0016-inch crystals of caffeine.
13. The most expensive coffee in the world is made from elephant dung, and it’s called Black Ivory coffee. It costs $50 per cup.
14. People who drink four cups of coffee a day are 80% less likely to develop cirrhosis, a condition that develops from several diseases affecting the liver.
15. During Turkish wedding ceremonies, grooms were made to vow to always provide their brides with coffee. Failure to do so could result in divorce.
16. French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac supposedly consumed 50 cups of coffee a day to fuel his inspiration while writing. It’s scary to think that the lethal dose is about 100 cups of coffee.
17. During WWII American soldiers would ordered their espresso watered down because it was too strong for them.
18. Coffee was declared illegal not once, not twice, but a whopping three times by three different cultures! The first was in Mecca in 1511, followed by Charles the II in Europe in an attempt to quell the on-going rebellion and the third was by Fredrick the Great in Germany in 1677 who was worried about the economic implications of money leaving the country to buy this beverage.
19. In 1906, a Belgian man living in Guatemala by the name George Washington invented instant coffee. Not the first American president, but the first inventor of instant coffee.
20. Energy drinks still don’t have as much caffeine as a Starbucks coffee.
21. Coffee is the world’s second most valuable traded commodity, only behind petroleum.
22. Coffee is most efective if consumed between 9.30 and 11.30 am.
23. Coffee beans aren’t beans. They are actually fruit pits.
24. The first reference to coffee in the English language is in the form chaona, dated to 1598 and understood to be a misprint of chaoua equivalent, in the orthography of the time, to chaova.
25. This term and “coffee” both derive from the Ottoman Turkish kahve, by way of the Italian caffè.