Sunday, December 1, 2013

Coffee chats: 10 fun facts about coffee

Just the rich, soothing aroma of a fresh brew can get the whole office stirring. This element that makes the world go round, the fundamental fuel to writers, and the devil of caffeine addiction, coffee is one true language that brings cultures together, with over 500 billion cups consumed worldwide. That’s more than 100 times the number of the whole human population. But whether you’re a coffee drinker or not (and according to the stats, you most likely are), here are some fun awakening coffee facts that you can bring up to sound smart, or turn a boring conversation into something more enlightening.

Monkey Business
The Cappuccino is named after the Capuchin monkeys, whose light brown fur resembles the colour of the drink.
Weird thing to name coffee after.
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Coffee Giants
Coffee is produced by many regions in the world such as Asia, Africa, North and South America. 40% of the world’s coffee, however, is produced just by Brazil and Guatemala. 
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Berry Pits
The coffee bean is actually the pit of the coffee berry, or sometimes called the coffee cherry, which then goes through a thorough roasting process.
So, we’re basically drinking fruit juice, right?
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Will You Coffee Me?
In Turkey, coffee is such a big part of the culture that at one time it was custom that if a husband did not provide his wife with coffee, it was a solid ground for divorce.
“So….we’re good?”
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Keeping Goats Happy
It is said that coffee was discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder up in the highlands, who curiosity was sparked after discovering that his goats were getting all trippy and refusing to sleep after munching on what we know today as the coffee berries.
Sleep baa-aaaaad, berries goooood.
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Coffee Buzz
Scientists have found that the caffeine in the coffee berry and flowers play a role in improving bees’ memory, thus making the flower more memorable, and encouraging pollination by drawing them back again and again.
Presenting, the world’s first caffeine addicts.
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License to Kill
Caffeine, like any drug, can be lethal. Approximately 100 cups of brewed coffee per day is the fatal limit to any human. Obviously, you shouldn’t let this fact stop you from enjoying a few cups of coffee a day, because it is the water content in the coffee that will kill you first before the caffeine does. Too much of anything isn’t good anyway.
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Kopi Luwak
This is the most expensive coffee in the world, at USD600 per pound. If you’re wondering why it is so exorbitant, it’s because it involves digging through the faeces of a Sumatran wild cat to come up with the bean. Yum!
civet_coffee_kopi_luwak_arabikaI’m not shitting you. 
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The World’s Drug
The number one sold commodity around the world is fuel. The second? You guessed it – coffee. In the USA alone, coffee sales amounted to $59 billion in the year of 2012.
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High on Coffee
They don’t just grow anywhere. Coffee berries grow on shrubs or small trees, that can reach the height of 5 metres, and they are best cultivated at heights of 2,500 – 5,000 feet above sea level.
Coffee Trees 
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