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Did You Know? Ten Interesting Facts About Coffee.

Coffee comes from a tree or bush that bears cherry fruit.  The coffee bean is the seed within the cherry.  If the coffee itself wasn’t such a valuable and tasty commodity, the cherry could possibly be sold in the grocery store. The taste is one of a very delicious tart fruit, described by some as light, honey, sweet, peachy and watermelon.

Speaking of cherry....the cherry is what attracted the goat that discovered coffee.  Yes, coffee was first discovered by a goat. A young goat herder, Kaldi in the 9th-century, noticed his goats acting strange when they ate the cherries from the coffee tree so he tried it for himself.  This story wasn't written until the 16th-century, however it sounds very plausible.

There are over 50 species of coffee world wide. Only two, arabica and robusta, are commonly used in commercial coffee production. 

Espresso is not a particular type of bean, it is a drink. More specifically, a type of coffee brewing method. 

Contrary to popular belief, light roast coffee actually has more caffeine than dark roast coffee. The longer coffee is roasted, more caffeine is cooked out of the bean.

Coffee was declared illegal 3 times by 3 different cultures.  

  1. In Mecca, during the 16th century. The prohibition was lifted after 30 years of debate among scholars and jurists.
  2. Charles the II in Europe banned coffee houses in an effort to suppress the ongoing rebellion.  The effort backfired and was never enforced. Yes, people need their coffee then too.
  3. Fredrick the Great banned the coffee in Germany in 1677 because he was concerned with the economic implications of money leaving the country on this new, popular beverage. 

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, second to only oil. 

Over 500 Billion Cups of coffee are drunk each year and over half of those are drunk at (or for) breakfast. 

Coffee can actually be used to fuel a car. Not very efficiently at the moment, it is nice to know that there is an alternative that can not only fuel our cars as it does our bodies. Check out the Car-puccino.  As a fuel source, maybe it will surpass oil to become the most traded commodity.  

In today’s pop coffee culture, the brand Starbucks has become synonymous with the word coffee and iconic in the minds of many.  Some of the best coffee comes from small coffee roasters that you may have never heard of before.  If  you’re looking for coffee in an area you are not familiar with, search the word ‘coffee’ on your smart phone map instead of a brand, you may be pleasantly surprised.  

Reader Comments (2)

I have knowledge about coffee but I had no idea about the light roast thing. You just blew my world of coffee.

October 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrenian Chew

Aloha Brenian, thanks for taking the time to visit the website. I was surprised by light roast having more caffeine, however it makes sense.

October 21, 2012 | Registered CommenterEnergy Dude

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