10 Interesting Facts about Coffee

by Marc De Laria
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10 Interesting Facts about Coffee

Most of us drink coffee every day; it has become an important part of our lives that we love. Coffee has been consumed by humans for many centuries. It is a luxury commodity responsible for the trade of over a hundred billion dollars every year. But coffee is much more than we know, it has an interesting history and back story to it.

1. Coffee was first discovered in 800 A.D

The effect of coffee was first noticed by a ninth-century goat herder in Ethiopia. His goats after consuming the coffee plant would get excited and dance. Thus the first one to enjoy coffee was not human but goats.

2. Modern style of coffee was first brewed in the fifteenth century

Coffee was first brewed in fifteenth-century Arabia. It was used by monks to stay awake all night for rituals. By the sixteenth century, the culture of brewing coffee was exported to Persia, Turkey, North Africa, India and Europe.

3. It has been banned several times

Coffee has been banned several times. First, it was banned in Mecca, where religious leaders thought it stimulates radical thinking thus banning the drink. Then it was banned in Italy by clergymen declaring it a satanic drink because of its association with Muslims. It was finally banned by the Swedish government in the eighteenth century declaring it responsible for rebellious sentiments.

4. The word coffee comes from the Arabic word qahwah

Coffee was called qahwah in Arabic and kahveh in Turkish. It then became known as Koffie in Dutch, which is where we get the English word coffee from.

5. A cup of black coffee contains only one calorie

In its actual form, a cup of black coffee contains only one calorie. Adding cream, sugar, and other items increases the calorie count. Consumption of black coffee has also been proven to reduce the risk of type 2 Diabetes.

6. Coffee is a natural hunger suppressant

The chlorogenic acids in coffee are the same antioxidant dietary phenols found in apples, pineapples and sunflowers-all foods that will also suppress hunger.

7. Lack of coffee was ground for divorce in the sixteenth century

It was possible in sixteenth century Constantinople for a wife to divorce her husband for not providing enough coffee.

8. Top five coffee-consuming nations are in Europe

Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, and the Netherlands are the top five nations in coffee consumption.  Each person in these countries consumes more than 8 kg of coffee per year.

9. New York City has the most coffee shops in the world

According to a 2018 study, New York City has the most coffee shops, cafes and coffee houses per capita in the world.

10. Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer

Brazil is responsible for a third of global coffee production, and it has held this position for 150 years.  Vietnam which is the second largest producer-only produces half of Brazil’s production.

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