Coffee has been around for centuries and is one the most popular drinks in the world. Many people are literally coffee-addicted and cannot function without this scented beverage. But do you really know your coffee? To make sure you do, check out these 25 little known facts about coffee.
Coffee may drastically lower risk of type II diabetes. People who drink several cups per day are the least likely to become diabetic. The reduction in risk ranges from 23% up to an incredible 67%.
- Coffee was originally eaten. East African tribes would grind the coffee cherries together, mixing the results into a paste with animal fat. Rolled into little balls, the mixture was said to give warriors energy for battles.
- America might be famous for running on coffee but in fact there are several countries that drink much more coffee than the Americans. When it comes to actual coffee consumption per capita, the US doesn’t even crack the top 15. The coffee consumption table is led by the Netherlands with almost 2.5 cups per day/person followed by Finland (1.8) and Sweden (1.4). USA ranks 16th with “just“ 0.9.
- Coffee is produced by more than 80 countries, but Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world. With over 2.5 million tons of coffee produced every year, the Brazilians takes 33% of the world coffee market.
- Coffee is a fruit. Coffee beans are actually pits of berries. The coffee berries, sometimes called coffee cherries, are an edible fruit that have coffee beans inside. They are only called beans because of their resemblance to beans.
- The Guinness-recognized “oldest cat ever” Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years old and died in 2005, drank coffee. Her owner fed her coffee every morning along with bacon, eggs and broccoli.
- The Most Expensive Coffee is made from cat poop.
- Americano is just watered down espresso. A popular drink in France, American soldiers couldn’t take the strong coffee the french were used to drinking. They would water down an espresso to fill a large cup and it became the cafe Americano.