There is something soothing about coffee. Sometimes, you find yourself waking up in the morning and you just cannot wait until you get a cup. It is not necessarily the sweetness because some people like their coffee on the bitter side. Maybe it has something to do with the temperature and the soothing feeling that it provides to any person. It does not matter if you are tired, bored or depressed. Coffee seems to just have the ingredients to make you happy.
Facts about Coffee
Coffee may be your favorite beverage but there are many things you don’t know about it. Below are 15 facts you didn’t know about this wonderful beverage.
- The name “coffee” is an English word derived from the word “coffea.” Coffea is actually the Latin name for the genus of trees that produce the coffee bean. The tree can grow up to 30 feet tall.
- More than 20 million people worldwide make their living in the coffee industry — from the growers all the way to the kid at the corner coffee house.
- Coffee Can Prevent Cancer and Other Diseases. Contrary to popular belief that coffee is harmful to the body, coffee can actually aid in preventing some cancers and diseases. Coffee is naturally rich in antioxidants which remove the toxins from our body. It kills cancer cells and even aids in reversing aging. In fact, a study has shown that coffee has really contributed in the prevention of colon cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
- The only state in the USA that grows coffee is Hawaii — which makes sense since it is the only state with a tropical climate. Because….
- Although coffee grows in 65 countries around the world, they are all located in the tropic regions along the equator, between the tropic of Cancer and tropic of Capricorn.
- In the USA, the amount of coffee consumed daily is approximately 400 million cups.
- Pope Clement banned coffee in the 17th century by claiming it was a “drink of the devil”. He later lifted this ban after he took a sip of the beverage himself.
- Coffee Helps a Lot of People Live a Good Life. Also, did you know that coffee helps a lot of coffee farmers have a job? Countries that produce coffee are usually in dire need for a living. Coffee helps them live a good life. Can you just imagine how many people you are actually helping just by brewing that single cup of coffee? With that simple act, you are already helping a lot of lives.
- Do you know who invented the first coffee filter? This is none other than a housewife in Dresden, German called Melitta Bentz.
- Japan has an official Coffee Day. If you want to celebrate in your own way, it is October 1st.
- The Best-Tasting and Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Animal Droppings. If you are a coffee enthusiast, then you may have probably tried different coffee varieties. But have you tried the most expensive coffee in the world? This is called Civet coffee or kopi luwak. It is a coffee that came from Indonesia and it came from animal droppings. I know it is disgusting but you will not say that once you have tried it.
- Oil (the other black gold) is the only commodity traded more heavily around the world than coffee.
- Coffee Helps in Protecting Biodiversity. Did you know that coffee is one of the reasons why some animals continue to thrive on the planet? Aside from providing a great habitat for different species, shade-grown coffee can also protect some animals from harm. It helps them to reproduce and ultimately protects them from extinction. So if you love animals, that single cup of drip coffee can actually help them live longer in our planet.
- Coffee Can Stimulate Your Brain by Its Smell. Last but not the least; did you know that coffee can stimulate your brain by its smell? Sometimes, you don’t even need to drink your coffee in the morning. The smell can already pick you up and get you moving. There is something about the aroma of coffee that stimulates the senses.
- Did you know that there are only three inventors who claim to have invented instant coffee? These include David Strang of New Zealand in 1890, Japanese American called Satori Kato in 1901, and George Constant Washington in 1906.
Did you consider these facts interesting?