“A beverage as black as ink, useful against numerous illnesses, particularly those of the stomach. Its consumers take it in the morning, quite frankly, in a porcelain cup that is passed around and from which each one drinks a cupful.”
Leonhard Rauwolf, a German physician, describing coffee in 1583.
After a long slumber – okay, after a few meager hours of sleep – one wakes up groggily determined to shake off the cobwebs and begin the day. For a lot of us that can only mean one thing: that delicious, caffeinated beverage known by many nicknames: Java, cuppa, joe, black tea, daily grind, go juice, mud, jet fuel, and tar.
The smell alone can put people in a pleasant mood, even if they aren’t coffee-drinkers themselves.
We take this wonderful liquid gold for granted on a daily basis, what with coffee shops on virtually every street corner – it seems – in most major cities. And not just in coffee shops anymore, high-end coffee can be found everywhere from donut shops to McDonald’s.
Here are some interesting facts, brought to you by my favorite “bible of knowledge” – Wikipedia – that you may not know about this delightful drink:
1. About 3/4 of the world’s coffee is Arabica.
2. The top three coffee-producing countries in 2011 (measured in thousands of bags – one bag weighs 6o kilograms or 132 lbs) are:
1) Brazil 54,500
2) Vietnam 18,725
3) Colombia 9,500
3. To grow the coffee beans to produce one cup of coffee it takes approximately 140 liters (37 gallons) of water (New Scientist). This is pretty startling, but when you compare it to eggs – it takes 454 liters (120 U.S. gal) to produce one egg!
4. Store coffee beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Four factors that can adversely affect the flavor of coffee beans, in order of importance:
5. Coffee is the second most traded product in the world – just behind oil!
6. A study in 2009 showed that those who consumed a moderate amount of coffee or tea (3–5 cups per day) at midlife were less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in late-life compared with those who drank little coffee or avoided it altogether.
7. In the U.S., September 29th is National Coffee Day. Don’t forget to mark this on your calendar!
9. The world’s best cities for sitting and sipping coffee according to Worldhum Travel Stories:
Wellington, New Zealand
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Seattle, United States
You’re thinking to yourself, “Wow, what interesting tidbits, I would really like to share – a) a favorite thing about coffee, or b) a great little story about a time when I had a great cup of ‘joe’?”