Are you a coffee lover/addict? It seems most of the world’s population claim coffee as their favorite beverage. In fact, many people say they can’t start their day without a hot cup of Joe or two, which might explain why coffee is the world’s most-consumed beverage (next to water, that is).
As a coffee drinker, you likely think you know all there is to know about the drink: it’s loaded with caffeine and it tastes delicious, both of which give a good start to a new day. But how much do you really know about this popular pick-me-up? Read on to discover more interesting things all coffee lovers should know about their favorite brew.
Coffee is Healthy
First of all, did you know that the longer coffee beans stay with coffee roasters, the healthier they are? Turns out that in addition to boosting focus and energy, coffee also contributes to good health. Drinking coffee can:
- Reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes
- Increase heart health
- Reduce depression
- Enhance athletic performance
- Protect against liver disease
- Help with weight management
- Promote longevity
In the Beginning, There Were Coffee Cherries
Historians say that coffee was discovered in the 1500s by a goat herder. He saw goats eating coffee cherries, after which he noted a change in their behavior. He then shared this discovery with some monks who found it interesting enough to explore further.
The monks began brewing the coffee cherries like tea. After drinking the “tea,” they couldn’t fall asleep. Though we can trace much of coffee’s journey through history, it’s not clear when people began roasting it.
Coffee Comes in Varieties
Not all coffee is created equal. In fact, there are about 80 different varieties of coffee plants. Having said that, only about four are used to produce the coffee we know and love today.
Only seven coffee plants can grow at higher elevations. These coffee varieties are labeled as “High Mountain Grown,” which makes them harder to harvest and more expensive to buy.
Nowadays, wild coffee plants are rare. Most of the world’s coffee supply is grown on plantations located in Ethiopia.
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The Caffeine Removed from Decaffeinated Coffee Ends Up in Coca-Cola
The next time you drink a can of Coke, think about this. The caffeine added to the beverage came from coffee beans that went through a chemical process to remove the caffeine. We’ll let you decide how you feel about that fact!
Coffee Beans Create Their Own Cream
If you’re a fan of espresso shots, you already know and love crema. However, many coffee drinkers have no idea that this delightful substance exists. Creamy, soft, aromatic, and ephemeral, crema is the result of oils in the coffee beans getting aerated when the shot is pulled. It hangs around for a few minutes, but if you take your time enjoying your coffee, it will dissolve back into the brew.
Everyone’s Doing It
More than 80 countries around the world grow coffee, and most are located near the equator. On the consumption side of the equation, the United States and Scandinavian countries are the biggest coffee drinkers.
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Coffee Prices Will Continue to Climb
Coffee’s popularity continues to drive its price higher. Countries like China that previously weren’t huge coffee consumers are also joining in, so we can expect its price to continue growing over the coming years.
If you’re in love with the energy and focus coffee brigns, it’s worth understanding all you can about this caffeinated drink. The facts above are a great place to start.