Espresso … does what it says on the tin …
In Italian, the word ‘Espresso’ literally means ”when something is forced out’ referring to the way in which espresso is made by forcing boiling water through pressed coffee grounds. Espresso has more caffeine per volume than coffee because it’s consumed in smaller quantities, however it actually has approximately a third of the amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee.

Coffee discovered by dancing goats …
Well, not quite … but sort of …. actually what happened according to legend is that during the 9th century goat herders began to notice that their goats appeared to dance after eating coffee berries.  The herder told a local monk who then decided to brew the berries and drink it himself (crazy old Monk!) but found that the hot beverage kept him awake at night.  The rest, is history.  The first mug of Joe was born.

Coffee and oil lead the way around the world …
According to the Global Exchange, there are approximately 25 million farmers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee.  This makes coffee the 2nd most sold commodity in the WORLD!  The number one commodity being oil.  One fuels machinery, the other fuels the human body.  Just don’t get them mixed up on those sleepy mornings!

Coffee is a food?!  …
Yep.  Coffee is considered a food and was the first to be freeze dried.  Freeze drying is when fresh foods are subject to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit  to preserve them.  This process was started during World War II to prolong the life limited food stocks.

Brazil – their coffee is better than their National Football Club …
We joke – or maybe not after Brazil’s (lack of) efforts in this years FIFA World Cup!  However we don’t joke about Brazil producing 40% of the world’s coffee due to their climate and growing conditions, this is also twice as much as the 2nd and 3rd place holders, Columbia and Vietnam!  At least they’re World Champions on the coffee fields if not the football fields!

Coffee is a food that you drinks – but not always …
As we confirmed above, coffee is considered a food however before we drank the liquid gold of Gods, the coffee berries were mixed with fat to create a high energy snack.  It was also consumed as a wine when made from the pulp of coffee berries.  Waste not, want not!

Coffee is also a fruit …
Okay, so what have we learnt thus far?  Coffee can be drank but is considered a food because it was once consumed as a solid … well, hold onto your hats because coffee is also a FRUIT! Coffee beans as we know them are actually the pits of a cherry-like-berry that are grown on bushes. Even though coffee is actually a seed, it’s called a bean because of its resemblance to actual beans.Cappuccino – the holy grail of coffee …
The name ‘cappuccino’ comes from the resemble of colour with the clothing of Capuchin Monks.
Weird.That’s some expensive sh** …
At $600 per pound, Kopi Luwak coffee is the most expensive coffee on the market and why?  The beans are excreted by a Sumatran wild cat.  Who discovered this fact?!Much thought goes into naming coffee …
Arabica varieties such as ‘Mocha’ and ‘Java’ are named after their ports of origin.
Moving on ….

You can overdose on coffee …
However, you would need to drink over 100 cups to consume the lethal dose of caffeine.  Quicker alternatives are available.

Coffee can help your health …
Researchers found that older patients with high levels of caffeine in their blood were more likely to avoid Alzheimer’s. Studies have also shown that caffeine has positive effects on type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease as well as various other health benefits (see Coffee King’s ‘Health Benefits Of Coffee’ article).

Coffee stays warmer when you add cream …
Add cream to your coffee and it cools approximately 20% slower than with plain black coffee.

But not when you add milk …
Milk weakens the effects of caffeine and the human body absorbs coffee much slower when it has added fat milk content, which decreases the stimulants.

The US President invented instant coffee?! …
No, but another fellow named George Washington did.  George (not the US President) Washington was a Chemist who experimented with dried coffee before he created ‘Red E Coffee’, the first recorded coffee brand.

Wake up and smell the coffee … or smell the coffee and wake up? …
A group of scientists reported that simply inhaling the aroma of coffee can alter the activity of some genes in the brain, reducing the effects of sleep deprivation.

Decaf – the liar of the coffee world …
Decaffeinated coffee does not mean ‘caffeine free’! An eight ounce cup of decaf coffee actually has 2 to 12 milligrams of caffeine compared to a regular mug of Joe that has anywhere from 95 to 200 milligrams.

The average Brit spends £20 a week on coffee …
That totals nearly £1100 per year.  Want to save money on your coffee?  Then join the Club here.
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