Coffemania: 30 Curious Facts About Coffee

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Millions of people drink coffee every day. Someone can not imagine his life without coffee.  Honestly saying, I also belong to coffee lovers and it was my pleasure to search materials for this essay. Now I want to share with you the information I found. So check out 30 curious facts about coffee and enjoy.

1. In 1675 British monarch Charles II closed all the coffee houses in England, because he believed that people who were against him were gathering there. Many other world monarchs followed Charles’ example.

2. 70 % of coffee lovers drink “Arabica”, which has pleasant, mild flavor, and 30 % drink “Robusta coffee”, which has bitterer flavor and the concentration of caffeine in it is bigger. “Robusta” is a species of coffee of lower class, but it is more resistant to drought, diseases and its harvest is twice bigger. “Arabica” has about 1 % of caffeine; “Robusta” has about 2 %.  Producers of instant coffee usually blend “Robusta” and “Arabica”.

3. The height of the coffee tree is up to 9 meters. But since it is much easier to gather harvest from the lower trees, now their height is up to 3 meters.

4. A coffee tree lives approximately from 60 to 70 years.

5. A coffee bean grows inside a red berry.

6. Green (unroasted) coffee beans can be kept in a dry cool place up to a year almost without loosing their taste qualities. After coffee beans are being roasted, they start loosing their qualities in two days approximately.

7. “Americano” coffee appeared during the Second World War. American soldiers could not drink European strong coffee, that is why they asked to dilute it with water.

8. There is not so much caffeine in “Espresso” as in coffee made by “drop” method. “Espresso” is made by passing water under strong pressure through ground beans. Since in such a way the contact of water with coffee reduces, there is less caffeine in a cup of “Espresso”.

9. In the countries where coffee trees grow the harvest is still gathered by hands. An experienced collector can gather up to 7 baskets of coffee beans a day, each basket weights about 100 kg. The payment for such a kind of work is 2 to 10 dollars per basket. When the beans are roasted and dried up, the price of a basket increases up to 110 dollars.

10. The biggest amount of coffee is consumed in Finland. There are about 5 cups of coffee per one adult a day.

11. The 1st of October is “Coffee Day” in Japan. This country ranks third for coffee consuming per person among all the countries of the world.

12. Coffee contains about 800 aromatic compounds.

13. Instant coffee was invented in 1906 by Belgian whose name was George Washington.

14. Coffee occupies second place in the world ranking of best-selling products. It goes right after Petroleum.

15. The age of coffee as a drink is more than 700 years.

16. A cup of coffee without sugar contains 0 calories.

17. A cup of coffee is 300 antioxidants that will stay in an organism for a month.

18. Caffeine is a substance that is banned by the International Olympic Committee. If there is more than 12 micrograms of caffeine per liter in a sportsman’s analysis he or she will be banned from competitions.

19. Caffeine enhances the action of aspirin and paracetamol. Having drunk a cup of coffee gastric acidity increases and the painkillers dissolve more easily.

20. The word “cappuccino” is a result of multiple interaction of tongues and it is referred to capuchin monks. “Сapuccio” comes from “hood” – an element of a monk’s  clothing. The first documented mention of the term "cappuccino" in relation to coffee is dated 1948 in a book about San Francisco. But what is the connection between coffee and monks? Coffee is black just like the monk’s clothes, and a “cap” of whipped cream reminds the colour of his hair.

21. Earlier the Turkish grooms used to give a promise that their future wives definitely would be provided with coffee. And a failure to fulfill this promise could be a reason for divorce.

22. Coffee lovers visit dentist more seldom. The elements contained in this drink do not let bacteria settle on tooth enamel.

23. If you drink 4 cups of coffee every day, it can help to minimize the risk of the incidence of gallstone and cirrhosis of the liver. Furthermore coffee decreases the risk of getting Parkinson's or Alzheimer's disease by 60 %.

24. Caffeine reduces appetite, accelerates calorie consumption and metabolism processes in the body. If you drink 6 cups of coffee a day combining it with physical activity and a low-calorie diet you will get a great figure, because excess fat with regular use of coffee burns by 20% faster.

25. The first coffee house in Paris was opened in 1689 and it was called “Procope”. Its owner was lemonade trader Francois Procope. It was situated opposite the theater, and its main customers were the representatives of Bohemia, actors and artists.

26. In Italy coffee appeared in 1615, and in 1720 in Venice on St. Mark's Square a world famous café “Florian”, which Goethe, Casanova and Rubenstein visited, and café “Guardi”, which was visited by Liszt and Byron, were opened.

27. The first coffeehouse in Vienna was opened Pole Kolzhitsky. He was a true coffee lover and he managed to save many bags of coffee beans when Turks leaving the city set it on fire. Thanks to the Turks in 183 the Austrians discovered what coffee is.

28. In the Bedouin homes coffee is usually made with ginger or cardamom. As a result coffee colours yellow  and gets very pleasant flavor. And traditionally it is served to the guest with the words “My home is your home”.

29. In Uganda, the green coffee beans mix with spices and sweet grass, then they are dried up and hung in the bags all over the house as decoration and talisman.

30. Italians drink coffee with sugar, Mexicans drink it with cinnamon, Germans and Swiss with hot chocolate, Belgians with a chocolate bar. Ethiopians add salt to coffee, and Moroccans – pepper. In the Middle East cardamom or other spices are often added to coffee. Austrians drink coffee with whipped cream. Egyptians prefer “pure” strong coffee, adding there sugar, milk, cream, or cardamom.

Probably some of the facts you have already heard about, others were new for you. Anyway I hope this essay was informative and you like it. You can find more interesting essays on Our website can help you in writing essays and you can also buy essay online. We are waiting for you!