Fun facts of the week: coffee

  • Shepherds discovered coffee in Ethiopia circa 800 A.D.. The goat herders notice the effect of caffeine on their “dancing” goats after eating coffee berries.
  • There are two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta. Majority of the coffee beans are Arabica. Robusta is slightly more bitter and twice as much caffeine.
  • The majority of coffee is produced in Brazil. Brazil produces 40% of the world’s coffee.
  • Coffee was originally a food. Coffee berries were mixed with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball.
  • Coffee is actually a fruit. The coffee bean is actually the pits of a cherry-like berry that are grown on bushes. Even though coffee is actually a seed, it’s a bean because of its resemblance to an actual bean.
  • The world’s most expensive coffee is $600 a pound. And it comes from the feces of a Sumatran wildcat. Yep! An animal called a Luwak. Luwak is unable to digest coffee bean. In the process of digesting the bean, they are fermented in the stomach. When the beans are extracts, they produce a smooth chocolaty coffee. Yumm!
  • Coffee stays warmer when you are cream. Coffee with added cream cools about 20% slower than plain black coffee.
  • But when you add milk, it weakens the effects of caffeine. Our bodies absorb coffee much slower than its added fat milk content, which decreases the stimulants.
  • Dark roasted coffee has less caffeine than lighter roasts. Even though the flavor is often stronger, roasting actually burns off some caffeine.
  • Decaf does not mean its caffeine- free. An eight ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually has 2-12 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison, a regular cup of coffee has anywhere between 95 to 200 milligrams.
  • In the United States, 80% adults consume caffeine every day. According to FDA, the average intake is 200 milligram or about two 5 oz cup of coffee.
  • The average worker spends $20 a week on coffee. Totally nearly $1,100 annually. $$$
  • Coffee contributes to your daily nutrient value. A single cup of coffee contains 11% of the daily recommended amount of Riboflavin (vitamin B2), 6 % of Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), 3% of manganese and Potassium, and 2% of niacin and magnesium.

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