My love affair with coffee started with my first job. I had to keep myself awake.And I thought that If I drink too many energy drinks i would earn a higher chance to be rushed to the emergency room so did not want to take the risk.So as jobs and days and months and years passed I all of the sudden woke up in the middle of the morning badly craving for a cup of coffee.I have no idea why I was craving for coffee but I knew it was the only thing that could wake me aside from a strikingly cold bath.
While I was walking from the nearest Starbucks from the office( I personally like white chocolate mocha with 2 extra shots of expresso and a shot of hazelnut) I pondered on my current caffeine consumption.Aside from drinking carbonated soda’s and tea I could practically finish 5-6 cups of coffee in a day. I know some people can drink more than me but 5-6 cups is a lot. I’m 4’10 and 128lbs (yes I’m slightly beyond the correct weight) so that number of cups is not that good. or so I think. I know I can function without coffee before but now I do not think I could function without it.
So is it me or do grown-ups really need coffee? Its like they turn into zombies without it.
with that being said here are 25 random facts about coffee
- 65 countries in the world grow coffee. They are all along the equator, within the tropics.
- Coffee is not grown anywhere in the United States except Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
- In 1675 Charles II, King of England issued a proclamation banning Coffee Houses. He said that they were places where people met to plot against him.
- 30% of coffee drinkers in US added a sweetener of some kind to their coffee, compared with 57% in UK.
- October 1st is official “Coffee Day” in Japan.
- Scientists have discovered more than 800 different aromatic compounds in coffee.
- Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (oil is the first.)
- Brazil produces around 40% of the world’s coffee supply.
- A Belgian named George Washington invented instant coffee in 1906.
- Coffee has been used as a beverage for over 700 years.
- Black coffee with no sugar contains no calories.
- More than 20 million people worldwide, work in the coffee industry.
- There are two species of coffee plant: Arabica and Robusta.
- 75% of the world’s coffee comes from the Coffea Arabica plant.
- Drinking a single cup of coffee that has been brewing for 20 minutes provides the body with 300 phytochemicals which act as antioxidants and stay in the body for up to a month.
- In days gone by, Turkish bridegroom had to promise that they would always provide their new wives with coffee.
- Espresso Coffee has just one third of the caffeine content of ordinary coffee.
- Coffee beans are really berries. Each berry contains two beans (pips).
- An expert in preparing Turkish coffee is known as a “kahveci”.
- The Nicaraguan Margogpipe is the largest of all coffee beans.
- It takes 40 coffee beans to make an espresso.
- One coffee tree yields less than half a kilo of coffee per year.
- A coffee tree lives for between 60 and 70 years.
- Worldwide, more 1400 millions cups of coffee are drunk every day.
- Caffeine, which is found in coffee, increases the effect of some painkillers, especially aspirin and paracetamol.