Little known facts about coffee



Little known facts about coffee

TIKTOK @shifty.nips

1. Coffee beans are not actually beans, but rather the seeds of a fruit called the coffee cherry.

2. The most expensive coffee in the world is called Kopi Luwak and is made from coffee beans that have been eaten and excreted by a civet cat.

3. Coffee was originally consumed in the form of a fermented wine-like beverage in Africa before it was discovered as a hot drink in Arabia.

4. The word "coffee" comes from the Arabic word "qahwah," which means "wine of the bean."

5. Finland is the highest consumer of coffee per capita in the world, with the average Finn consuming around 26 pounds of coffee per year.

6. Coffee was originally considered a food and not a beverage, and it was often eaten as a paste or turned into a kind of energy bar.

7. Coffee can actually help plants grow when used as a fertilizer or compost due to its high nitrogen content.

8. The first webcam was invented at the University of Cambridge to monitor a coffee pot, so researchers could see if it was empty or not before making the trip to refill it.

9. The world's largest cup of coffee was brewed in 2012 in South Korea, measuring 3,700 gallons.

10. The caffeine in coffee is actually a natural pesticide that paralyzes and kills insects that try to feed on the coffee plant.

11. Coffee was banned in Mecca in the 16th century by religious leaders who believed it stimulated radical thinking.

12. The first coffeehouse in Europe opened in Venice, Italy, in 1645, and they quickly spread across the continent, becoming centers of social and intellectual gatherings.

13. In the 18th century, coffee was nicknamed the "Arabian wine" and was considered a drink of the intellectuals and the elite.

14. Coffee was used as a currency in some parts of Ethiopia in the 19th century, with beans being traded for goods and services.

15. The coffee filter was invented by a German housewife named Melitta Bentz in 1908, who wanted to remove the bitter taste from her coffee.

16. The decaffeination process was developed in the early 1900s due to concerns about the potential negative effects of caffeine.

17. Coffee was included in the rations of soldiers during World War II, as it was believed to boost morale and energy levels.

18. The first-ever espresso machine was patented in 1884 by Angelo Moriondo from Italy.

19. A study conducted in 2005 found that drinking coffee can decrease the risk of developing Parkinson's disease by up to 60%.

20. The word "cappuccino" is derived from the Capuchin friars, a religious order known for their distinctive hooded robes. The color of the coffee with milk resembled the color of their robes, hence the name.

21. Finland has a tradition called "kaffepaussi," which means coffee break. It is considered a legal right for workers and is protected by law.

22. Coffee was once considered a forbidden drink in parts of Europe due to its association with Islam and the Ottoman Empire.

23. The world's most expensive coffee beans are called Black Ivory coffee, which are eaten and excreted by elephants before being collected and processed.

24. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil.

25. The Guinness World Record for the largest cup of coffee was set in 2018 in South Korea, measuring 3,759 gallons.


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