What you don’t know about coffee

The discovery of coffee

It's said that coffee was discovered in the fifteenth century by an Ethiopian goatherd. He noticed his goats behaving oddly after eating coffee cherries. They would run back and forth frantically and didn't sleep at night.

Adding cream or milk

When you add cream or high-fat milk to coffee, the time it stays hot increases by up to 20 %.

How to get as much caffeine as possible?

The coffee with the highest caffeine content is made with Robusta using slow filtration. Two favourite methods are drip or French press with extended steeping time. These coffees have up to twice the caffeine content of espresso made with Arabica.

Coffee consumption

Every day, about 2.25 billion cups of coffee are drunk throughout the world.

Does roasting affect the amount of caffeine?

Despite widespread notions to the contrary, lightly roasted coffee has the same caffeine content as dark roast.

What was usually drunk for breakfast before the discovery of coffee?

Prior to the advent of coffee, beer was a popular morning beverage.

The largest consumers of coffee in the world are Finns and Swedes

Finns and Swedes consume the most coffee of all nations. Most of them start the day with filtered coffee, and few refrain from having an afternoon cup of coffee then they return home. Most standard employment contracts include at least two 15-minute coffee breaks. Four cups a day are normal for the average Finn.

Coffee is an important trade commodity

Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world. Crude oil is first.

Regular drinking of coffee

Regular drinking of coffee may lead to reduced risk of cancer, heart disease, or Alzheimer's disease.

The largest producer of coffee is Brazil

Brazil is responsible for 40 % of global coffee production.

Coffee indirectly led to the invention of the webcam

Employees at Cambridge University hated coming to the kitchen and finding the filtered coffee pot empty so much that they came up with the very first webcam in the world. This was so that they could use their computer to check whether someone hadn't drunk the last cup of coffee in the pot before getting up from their desk to go to the kitchen.

In 1511, coffee was banned in Mecca

In 1511, consumption of coffee was banned in Mecca. It was believed that it stimulates radical thinking, staying up late, and above all subsequent daytime inactivity.

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