We love coffee, as do most people. Here are some facts about this bosslike beverage so many people enjoy on a daily basis.
Coffee Makes Goats Dance
An old legend has it, that a goatherder named Kaldi in 9th-century Ethiopia noticed his goats dancing when they would eat coffee beans.
The original domesticated coffee plant was from Harar, Ethiopia! From there, it was introduced into the Arab World via Egypt and Yemen. The religion of Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol, but caffeine and thus coffee is okay to drink!
Coffee Grows In The Bean Belt
Between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, there is a region called the Coffee Bean Belt. This is where coffee grows! The only place in the United States where coffee can be grown is in Hawaii.
Coffee (Consumed In Moderation) Is Healthy
Coffee, when consumed in moderation, can be helpful with diabetes (THE BEETUS), Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, liver health, and generally in avoiding death. Not surprisingly, drinking coffee also makes you less likely to commit suicide (and most likely homicide as well).
Coffee also contains important vitamins and nutrients you need to survive (that’s probably how it stops you from dying). Based on the daily recommended amounts, even a single cup of coffee contains the following: 11% of Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), 6% of Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5), 3% of Manganese and Potassium, and 2% of Niacin and Magnesium.
Civet Cats Poop Out The Most Expensive Coffee Beans
Civet coffee, better known by its Indonesian name kopi luwak, is the world’s most expensive coffee variety. Asian palm civets eat the ripest coffee cherries and then shit out the beans. True story! The beans are then cleaned, roasted, brewed and then consumed in the form of the resulting civet coffee.
Customers around the world will pay up to $100 per cup of this coffee. It is said that kopi luwak develops its smooth and rounded flavor with a uniquely rich aroma thanks to the digestive system of the civet cat. 1kg of roasted civet beans may be sold for more than $600! Specially bagged varieties are sold for up to $10,000 per bag.
Note: Most civet coffee sold today does not come from ethical suppliers and we discourage the consumption of the unethical varieties due to the mistreatment of these poor animals. If you want to try this coffee, please make sure it comes from ethical suppliers (which do exist).
Arabica VS Robusta
70% of the world consumes Arabica coffee, which grows at higher elevations. It’s mild and aromatic.
Robusta is the coffee of choice for 30% of the world’s population. It is hardier and more bitter than Arabica and contains 50% more caffeine. It is also grown at lower elevations around sea level.
Coffee Grows On Trees
Coffee grows on trees, which can grow up to 30 feet in height. To make picking easier, the trees are generally cultivated to be about 10 feet tall. The red berries seen on the tree below are ripe and contain the coffee beans.
George Washington Invented Instant Coffee
Not the George Washington you’re probably thinking of! This one was a Belgian guy, who lived in Guetemala. He invented instant coffee in 1906 and it’s still disgusting today!
Espresso Is A Method Of Brewing Coffee
Many people think espresso is a certain type of bean, roast or blend of coffee, but really it’s just the method in which the coffee is prepared that makes it an espresso. To make an expresso, you gotta shoot pressurized, hot water through finely ground coffee!
Once you have the espresso, you can either drink it straight up (if you’re hardcore like a boss) or mix it with a variety of things to create some delicious espresso-based coffee beverages like a cappuccino, Americano, mocha, or latte.
Boss fact: The Americano is named that because American GIs during World War II would order their espresso diluted with water to kill the strong flavor a little bit.
The Best Time To Drink Coffee
Most people fall out of bed (probably around 7am) and immediately drag themselves to wherever they get their coffee like a zombie to get their caffeine fix. But this isn’t the ideal time to have your first cup of coffee at all!
Your body is guided by a natural process called the Circadian Clock. It’s basically a 24-hour hormonal cycle to let your body know when to do what (i.e. eat or sleep).
For coffee consumption in particular, the time your body produces cortisol is important. For simplicity’s sake, we’ll say cortisol is like caffeine produced by your body. After you wake up, your body sends this hormone coursing through your body to make you feel alert and awake. Between 8am and 9am, cortisol peaks in your system during the morning hours.
Knowing that the presence of cortisol in your system greatly diminishes the effects of caffeine, we’d advise you to schedule your coffee accordingly. Below is a graphic that shows you when cortisol peaks throughout the day and when the ideal times to enjoy a cup of coffee would be for the average human. You’re welcome!
Coffee (In Moderation) Won’t Dehydrate You
Studies have shown that caffeine doesn’t dehydrate people as much as we once thought. Urine output showed no significant change due to moderate caffeine consumption in humans. To define moderate consumption, it would take more than two cups of coffee (or 600mg of caffeine) per day to make dehydration a factor. If you’re pounding coffee all day, maybe drink some more water!
Caffeine Acts Fast
Just ten minutes after taking a sip of coffee, you’ll feel the energy boost from the caffeine contained within the bosslike beverage. Caffeine also increases your adrenaline levels and releases fatty acids from fat tissues, which makes it a great pre-workout beverage!
Just Some Cool Coffee Pics
Because we’re done sharing facts now, here are some cool pictures of coffee.