Coffee is a beverage that so many people love. Its popularity is obvious given that it keeps you energised. Plus, it tastes delicious and can come in different brews as per individual preferences. But, there are many facts about coffee that we usually never pay attention to.
So, let us celebrate our love for coffee by getting to know interesting facts and information about this beverage.
Coffee beans are known as “beans” only because they look like beans. They are actually a type of berries. So, can we call coffee a fruit juice? Probably not!
The word coffee comes from the Arabic word “Qahwa”, which loosely translates to “tea”! That’s a little ironic, don’t you think? However, there is also another meaning for the word “Qahwa” that translates to “dark stuff” which can be associated with coffee in a way.
The record for the largest cup of iced coffee is held by a giant cup in North Korea. This cup had 14,228.1 litres of iced coffee in it! Fancy a sip from such a cup?
The aroma of coffee hits the right notes in our brain and has the ability to wake us up in the morning. We already knew that one, right?
Kpoi Luwak is the world’s most expensive coffee and one pound of this coffee costs a whopping 600$. This coffee is obtained from the dung of the civet cat. The animal is fed with coffee beans which go through its digestive system and get a smooth flavour due to the various fermentation and chemical processes taking place in its digestive system!
Similar to the Kopi Luwak, one more type of coffee that is obtained from dung is the Black Ivory coffee that is got from the dung of elephants. This is sold for 50$ a cup at luxury hotels! Are you putting this on your bucket list?
Roasting of coffee beans is said to enhance the flavour of coffee. While this is true, it is a myth that darker roasted coffee has more caffeine that light ones. Both types of roasts have a similar amount of caffeine in them.
Coffee was a part of the diet for Africans even before methods of brewing developed. They mixed coffee berries with animal fat for consumption.
In moderation, coffee has the power to help with illnesses such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease, depression and even cancer. However, it can also be lethal if taken in excess.
It has been discovered that ground coffee can be used as a bio-diesel!
The name “Cappuccino” comes from the Capuchin Friars and the resemblance of their robe with the colour of the Cappuccino.
There was a time in the past when according to ancient Arab rules, a woman could ask for divorce if her husband did not like her coffee!
In the year 1511, coffee was banned by the authorities in Mecca because it is a stimulant.
After crude oil, coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world! That’s right. Right next to fuel for machines is fuel for humans!