Facts you didn’t know about coffee
THE NETHERLANDS CONSUME THE MOST COFFEE
According to a 2020 study, the Netherlands were said to consume the most coffee per capita with a whopping 8.3 kilograms!
They were followed by Finland at 7.8 and Sweden at 7.6. Despite our best efforts, the UK didn’t even rank in the top fifteen for the most coffee-addicted countries!
COFFEE BEANS AREN’T BEANS
Contrary to the name, a coffee bean isn’t a bean.
Rather, it’s the pit (or seed) that’s found inside the coffee cherry. The bean is removed from the fruit as part of the harvest process.
Because of their shape and size, they’re now commonly referred to as a bean but, assuming the conditions are right, you could plant one and it could grow into a whole new coffee plant.
THE ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD “COFFEE”
The earliest term for the drink of coffee was the Arabic word “qahwah”, which referred to a type of wine.
The Ottoman Turks then used the term “kahWHY PEOPLE CONFUSE ESPRESSO AND EXPRESSO
The correct pronunciation of “espresso” is an age-old argument that coffee enthusiasts have been having for years! But as it turns out, those who call it an “expresso” aren’t entirely in the wrong.
The Italian term espresso means “expressed” or “pressed out”. This is because espressos are made by forcing very hot water under high pressure through finely-ground coffee beans. So, while the correct pronunciation is ES-presso, you can see where people are coming from.
If espresso isn’t your coffee of choice, why not check out our guide to the different types of coffee drinks to find your perfect match?
THE WORLD’S LARGEST CUP OF COFFEE WAS OVER 20,000 LITRES
As of 15th June 2019, the largest cup of coffee ever made contained a whopping 22,739.14 litres and was recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The cup was created by Alcaldía Municipal de Chinchiná (Colombia) at Parque de Bolívar, Chinchiná, Caldas, Colombia and took over a month with fifty people working on the project.
PEOPLE HAVE TRIED TO BAN COFFEE
In its early years, there were plenty of different groups across the world that tried to ban our favourite beverage.
Typically, it was because of coffee’s stimulating effect or the particular crowd it attracted. Coffee Houses fast became a spot for free thinkers to discuss their ideas. One particular instance was in Mecca back in 1511 where the governor feared coffee might unite his opposition.ve”, which was followed by the Dutch word “koffie”, from which the English name was derived in 1582.
COFFEE IS ONE OF THE MOST CONSUMED DRINKS IN THE WORLD
This isn’t all that surprising, is it?
Alongside water and tea, coffee is one of the most popular drinks worldwide with over 400 billion cups of it being consumed each year.
Britain alone consumes approximately 2.8 kilos of coffee per person, per year and over £1 billion was spent on coffee last year.
COFFEE WAS DISCOVERED BY A GOAT HERDER
Back in the 1500s, it was said that a goat herder in Ethiopia discovered coffee after observing strange behaviour in his goats.
He noticed that after they ate coffee cherries, they suddenly had a lot of energy and were unable to sleep at night. He shared his findings with local monks who made their drinks from the coffee beans and the rest, as they say, is history.
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