Ten Amazing Coffee Facts

Coffee facts

# 1 - Discovered by a goat.

Yes, you heard that the right coffee was first discovered by a goat! More specifically, a young goat herder named Kaldi in the 9th century. He noticed that his goats behaved strangely when they ate the cherries from the coffee tree, so he tried it for himself. This story doesn't appear in writing until the 16th century, but I like the story and it sounds very plausible.

 # 2 - It's not just at Starbucks.

In today's coffee pop culture, the Starbucks brand has become synonymous with the word coffee in many circles and has become an icon in some people's minds to the point of insanity. Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic, but the fact is, some of the best coffees I've ever tasted have come from little coffee roasters that you may never have heard of in your life. So with that in mind, the next time you're looking for coffee in an area you're unfamiliar with, try looking for the word "coffee" on your smartphone map instead of the "Starbucks" brand.

 # 3 - Light has more caffeine than dark.

Contrary to popular belief, Dark roast coffee beans has less caffeine than Light roast coffee. The reason for this is that the longer the coffee is roasted, the more caffeine is extracted from the bean. I think of it as cooking with wine. A good example of this is fondue.

 # 4 - Espresso is NOT a bean

Espresso does not refer to any type of bean, it is just a drink. More specifically, it is a type of coffee brewing method. I think a lot of the misconceptions surrounding espresso developed with products like chocolate Espresso Coffee Beans and espresso blended coffees. People would see those labels and conclude that the espresso was a bean when it's really just marketing.

 # 5 - It comes from a cherry.

Coffee comes from a tree or shrub that bears cherry fruit. The coffee bean is the seed that resides within the cherry. If coffee itself wasn't such a valuable and tasty product, I think we'd see coffee cherries at the grocery store. The flavor of coffee cherries is one of a very delicious sour fruit that some describe as light, honey, sweet, peach and watermelon.

 # 6 - it was illegal.

In the world, Coffee was declared illegal three times by three different cultures. The first was in Mecca during the 16th century and the ban was lifted after 30 years of debate between academics and lawyers. The second was that Charles II in Europe banned coffee shops that were trying to put down the ongoing rebellion, but it failed and was never enforced. (People need their coffee!) The third was Fredrick the Great, who banned the drink in Germany in 1677 because he was concerned about the economic implications of money leaving the country for this popular new drink. (There are many other examples of religions prohibiting coffee consumption that are not mentioned here, which continue today.)

# 7 - More than 50 species

There are more than 50 species of coffee around the world. Although only 2, Arabica and Robusta, are commonly used in commercial coffee production. We have tried many of the different varieties here at Coffee Cup News and we suggest that you try the different varieties and species whenever you get the chance.

 # 8 - 500 Billion Drunk Cups

More than 500 billion cups of coffee are drunk each year and more than half of them are enjoyed for breakfast. (Or should I say for breakfast?)

 # 9 - Fuel Source

Coffee can be used to power a car. Although it may not be very efficient at the moment, it is good to know that there is an alternative that can not only fuel our bodies but also our vehicles. Here's some information on the coffee fuel test car.

 # 10 - Second most traded commodity

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, second only to oil, and now that we know it can be used as a fuel source, it will probably soon be number one.

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