25 things you didn’t know 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.
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