Beethoven was so obsessive with his coffee, that he would hand pick exactly 60 beans per cup.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, just behind crude oil.
It is said that a goat herder in the 1500s from Ethiopia, noticed his goats eating coffee cherries. After his goats were done, they started to gain this crazy amount of energy! The goat herder shared this incredible discovery to the local monks, and after their first drink of coffee they too noticed that they could stay up all night as well. The word spread to the other Ethiopian monks and soon after the famous coffee drink reached all around the world!
In order to grow the best coffee, there are certain weather conditions that need to play in effect. High altitudes, rich soil, and tropical climates are very important factors to grow the best coffee plants.
It is a fact, that coffee stays 20% warmer, when you add cream to it. When you add cream, it thickens the coffee (adds viscosity), so it evaporates slower. You'd be surprised just how much heat evaporation carries away. Slowing the rate of evaporation will avoid a lot of that heat loss.
Coffee beans are actually a type of berry which makes them a fruit! There are two different types of coffee beans, a green kind and a red kind.
The red beans are less acidic and are often used for lighter coffees.
The most expensive coffee is called “Kopi Luwak”. The coffee is from Indonesia and is made from beans that have been digested from the Asian Palm Civet. The average cost per kilo of beans is €350 and up!
The word espresso comes from the Italian meaning of “expressed” or “forced out”. Espresso is accomplishment by pushing very hot water through fine ground coffee.
Apparently today in Sandi Arabia, if a women’s husband fails to bring her fresh coffee, she can legally file a divorce towards him.
In 1511, leaders in Mecca were concerned that the drink stimulated radical thinking and wanted it to be banned. In the 16 century, coffee was also going to be banned. However, Pope Element VII enjoyed coffee so much, that he took away the ban and had coffee baptized in 1600.
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