The interesting facts about coffee & caffeine that most people are unaware of.

Posted on: February 6th, 2023 06:45 PM

Do you enjoy the smell of coffee in the morning just as much as you love the taste?  Whether it’s first thing in the morning or later in the day to keep you going, most of us are simply in love with this refreshing beverage. 

Coffee is one of the most beloved drinks of all time. But do you know everything about this popular beverage? Whether you're an avid coffee fan or someone who just likes the smell of freshly brewed coffee on a cold morning, we bet there are some fascinating coffee facts that even the biggest fanatics don't know. From coffee’s benefits  to its world records, this blog covers everything. So get ready to brew up a flavorful cup and dig deeper into this dark liquid we know as coffee!

Fascinating Facts on coffee:

Coffee beans are not at all beans -

For years the majority of us thank coffee beans for serving a refreshing cup of coffee, but in fact, coffee beans are actually the seeds obtained from a fruit. They are grown on a bush and are found in the center portion of a berry, popularly known as a coffee cherry. They got their name as a bean due to their shape which looks like legumes.

Coffee has strong roots in history -

The discovery of coffee dates back to 800 A.D.and credit for the same goes to Goat herders from the 9th century. It is believed that these herders noticed that after eating the fruit of Coffea plant, their goats got new energy levels and it seemed that they kept dancing. Fascinated by the incident, goat herders took the concern to a local monk, he made the drink from the fruits which kept him awake for the whole night and that’s how the world got its beloved beverage.

Finland is the biggest coffee lover -

When it comes to the love for coffee, no nation can beat Finland. An average Finn consumes around 12kg or 26 lbs per year. A single individual in a day drinks over 4 cups of coffee. This beverage is such a trend in this caffeine-loving nation that 10 mins coffee break is a mandate for Finland workers.  

Brazil tops the list of coffee-growing countries -

According to data published by International Coffee Organization, Brazil is home to one-third of the world’s total coffee production. Brazil is the largest coffee producer followed by Vietnam and Colombia respectively. 

Coffee beans have mainly two types: Arabica and Robusta -

The makers of your favourite beverage, coffee beans are available in two varieties Arabica and Robusta. Arabica has a fine smooth flavour and contains lower caffeine whereas, Robusta is high in caffeine and has a bitter flavour. Arabica is a popular choice among coffee farmers. 

Coffee is entitled as one of the most consumed beverages -

As a coffee lover, this fact won’t surprise you, right? After all, every sip of this beverage is so delightful. Coffee has been placed on the list of the most consumed beverages in the world after bottled water and tea. 

A day to celebrate coffee -

Coffee has so nicely imprinted its warmth into our hearts that 1st October  is designated as International Coffee Day.  

The largest cup of coffee ever had 26,939.22 litres -

Too huge? Yes, you heard it right! The Guinness world record for making the largest coffee was won in Mexico on 10th December 2022. The cup contained 26,939.22 litres of coffee and it was made using over 300 kg of coffee beans. Cup had a diameter of  3.5 meters and was  3.05 metres tall.

Drink coffee and live longer -

Isn’t this the most refreshing way to expand the lifespan? According to Harvard Health Publishing, Coffee drinkers might live longer than non-coffee drinkers. Additionally, coffee might also lessen the risk of cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson's.

World’s most expensive coffee can cost around $600 per pound -

The most expensive coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak, which cost $600 per pound as of 2019. The coffee is roasted after being eaten, digested and thrown out by palm civets, a type of cat. According to legend, they eat only the best, sweetest and freshest coffee cherries, and when they ingest them, they naturally ferment them, giving them their distinctive flavour. 

Coffee beans were once eaten as food -

Coffee wasn’t always a delicious beverage. Before its use as a drink was discovered it was consumed as an energy-boosting snack ball by East African tribes. 

Add warmth to the cup with cream -

Want to preserve the warmth of your hot coffee cup for a little longer? The cream can help. Coffee can stay warm for 20% longer duration as compared to the one without cream. 

Coffee gets its name from the Arabic word -

The word ‘coffee’ has roots in the Arabic word ‘Qahwah’ which is a type of wine. It got converted into the word ‘kahveh’ in Turkish, followed by Koffie in Duth and that’s how the English dictionary got its word Coffee. 

Espresso means ‘pressed out’ in English -

The Italian term, espresso translates into expressed out or forced out in English. It gets its name from the process of making. The hot boiling water is forced out of coffee beans to give this beverage its strong flavour. Thus, espresso is both, the name of a coffee variety and the process of making. Espresso shots  are high in caffeine.

Summing it up:

Coffee has been around for thousands of years, and it will likely continue to be a staple in many cultures for years to come. Although we know the basics about coffee, there is so much more fascinating information out there that may have passed us by! From its wellness benefits to its historical origins, the facts presented here are just a few of the countless interesting tidbits surrounding this popular beverage. The next time you drink your morning cup of Joe or gather with friends at a cafe, take some time to appreciate all that coffee brings into our lives!


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