Coffee is something most of us drink every day. This is usually for a quick jolt of energy, but how much do you actually know about coffee? Here are some of the most fascinating facts about coffee.
- Interesting Origins
The origin of coffee is pretty much mythological. People have been drinking coffee for centuries, so we’re not completely sure how it was discovered. But legend says a goat herder in Ethiopia discovered the benefits of coffee beans when he noticed his goats being overly energetic. He is said to have noticed them eating coffee beans which were keeping them up all night. And so the energy benefits for which we all drink coffee were (potentially) discovered.
- Cancer Fighting?
Amazingly, studies have shown that drinking a cup of coffee a day might reduce your risk of developing cancer. Specifically, it can reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by 4%.
- The World’s Most Popular Beverage
A lot of people love coffee, but did you know that it is the most popular beverage in the world? This might be a surprise, but is more understandable when you consider how many people drink it purely for energy and not the taste.
- Famed in Finland
Despite coffee being popular around the world, the people who drink it most are the Finnish. 6% of Finnish women and 14% of Finnish men drink up to 10 cups of coffee every day.
- More Than Just For Energy
Most people drink coffee for the energy buzz, but it actually has a lot of health benefits. Coffee can help with your digestive system, boost your metabolism, and even reduce the risk of diseases such as cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and strokes.
- That’s a Latte Coffee
We have all heard of cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas, but there are actually well over a hundred different ways to drink coffee. The most popular for many (especially in the US) is iced coffee.
- Arabica vs. Robusta
There are a lot of different ways to drink coffee, but there are really only two types of coffee beans. There are variations on these and people mix different blends. But the vast majority of coffee is made from either the arabica or robusta beans.
- Keeping it Cool
As mentioned before, cold brew and iced coffee are incredibly popular. Of course, this is because of the flavor and its ease of drinking. But it is also for practical reasons. It’s much easier to make (or buy) a big batch of cold brew to use every day, rather than brewing a fresh hot cup every day. But how long does cold brew last compared to hot coffee? Cold-brew can be kept in the refrigerator for several days, whereas a hot coffee needs to be drunk immediately after it has been made for optimal flavor.
- Coffee Beans Aren’t Beans
Despite their name, coffee beans are actually seeds. The “bean” is actually the pit of a coffee cherry.
- A Banned Substance?
- A Papal Favorite
One of the times when coffee was banned was in 16th century Italy. It was considered to be Satanic by many clergymen and it was sinful to drink. That was until Pope Clement VIII took a sip, enjoyed it, and suddenly coffee became a very popular drink.
- Coffee or Wine?
The earliest name for coffee was “qahwah” which is an Arabic word for “wine”. There is a stronger connection between caffeine, alcohol, and narcotics that is easy to forget.
- The Most Expensive Coffee
The most expensive coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak, made in Indonesia. It costs $748 per kilo and is made, somewhat unappetizingly, from the droppings of small animals that eat coffee cherries and then pass the beans (or seeds).
- Coffee Culture
In many cultures, coffee is more than just a drink that gives you some extra energy. It is an integral part of the culture. Coffee breaks are common in a lot of countries. In these moments colleagues, friends, and family members gather together to drink coffee and talk. These small moments are an important part of socializing.
- The Importance of Coffeehouses
When coffee first became popular across Europe, coffeehouses became important cultural hubs. People would gather to drink coffee and discuss politics, religion, and cultural matters. This deeply concerned many people who tried to close coffeehouses, comparing them to taverns and considering them immoral.