30 Coffee Facts That Every Coffee Lover Should Know
We here at Bored Panda have written many posts on weird facts about animals, random facts about life, and interesting facts about history, but we've never before shared what we've found about everyone's favorite drink, coffee! So this list is dedicated to you, coffee lovers, and curious people.
Coffee was first introduced in the 15th century, and to this day, it maintains its status as one of the most popular beverages, with millions of coffee drinkers worldwide. The black brew is made from ripe berries, which are picked from the coffee plant, processed and dried. Once dry, these 'beans' are roasted and ground to be brewed into the coffee drink we all know and love. Over the centuries, coffee has grown into a multi-billion dollar industry and become part of our lifestyle and even cultural phenomena. But how many coffee facts do you know about your beloved beverage? Check out the list below to learn more and share what you learned or which fun facts you knew already in the comments! (Facebook cover image: Jonathan McIntosh )
A Guinness Record
The Guinness World record holder for the "Oldest Cat Ever," a 38-year-old cat named Creme Puff - drank coffee every morning her whole life.
Real Webcam Purpose
People working at the University of Cambridge knew the feeling of finding an empty coffee pot so well, so they invented the first ever webcam with the sole purpose of checking the status of the coffee pot.
Finland consumes the most coffee in the world.
Despite the fact that caffeine is a mild diuretic, you don't lose more fluid than you take in by drinking coffee, so it cannot dehydrate you.
Coffee beans are only called 'beans' because of the resemblance - they’re actually berries.
Before coffee became widely available, the popular breakfast drink was beer.
It is believed that the coffee was discovered by a goat herder who noticed that goats became extremely energetic after eating certain berries.
The cappuccino was named after Capuchin friars because its color resembles the Capuchin robe.
Largest Coffee Producer
The majority of coffee is produced in Brazil. It produces 40% of the world's coffee.
Fuel For Everything
Scientists have successfully turned ground coffee into biodiesel, so one day coffee may be fuelling your car.
Benefits Of Drinking Coffee
Regularly drinking coffee may have health benefits such as reduced risk of illnesses like cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's.
In 1932 Brazil didn't have enough funds to send its athletes to the Olympics, so the athletes had to earn the money themselves by selling coffee.
Coffee As Food
Before people learned how to brew coffee, east African tribes mixed coffee berries with animal fat and consumed it as food.
Robusta vs. Arabica
There's two main categories of coffee: Robusta and Arabica.
Robusta coffee has a more acidic and harsh flavor with a higher level of caffeine. Arabica is known for its delicate flavor and lower acidity.
Daily Coffee Consumation
Globally people consume about 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day.
Keeping Your Coffee Warm
Coffee stays warmer about 20% longer when you add cream.
When To Drink Coffee
Coffee is most effective if you drink it between 9:30 and 11:30 AM.
Mental Health Benefits
Studies have shown that drinking coffee may lower your risk of depression.
Contrary to the popular belief, dark roast and light roast coffee actually have a similar amount of caffeine.
The average barista's age in Italy is 48 years old.
Drip Coffee vs. Espresso
There's more caffeine in an average cup of drip coffee than in espresso.
Lethal Dose Of Coffee
It is estimated that roughly 80 to 100 cups of coffee would be a lethal dose for an average adult.
The Most Expensive Coffee
The most expensive coffee in world is Black Ivory Coffee. It can cost up to $1,100 per kilogram. This coffee is produced from part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by Thai elephants.
Decaf coffee is not completely caffeine-free. The decaffeination process usually removes 94-98 percent of caffeine. Studies have shown that while the average 16-ounce caffeinated coffee has 188 ml of caffeine, the average 16-ounce decaf has 9.4ml.
Just the smell of coffee can help you wake you up in the morning.
Largest Iced Coffee Cup
North Korea holds the record for the largest iced coffee. The cup contained 14,228.1 litres of iced Americano coffee.
Around 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee every day.
Origins Of Name
The word 'coffee' comes from the Arabic word 'qahwah' which refers to a type of wine.
Cups Per Day
Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day.