Interesting Coffee Facts

coffeeOK, I don’t know if they are facts (I am too lazy to try to verify the information).  This list was shared to me by a friend on Facebook and I liked it so I am posting it on here so that can find it again.  It looks like the credit for creating the list should go to someone at The Finest Grind Coffee House.

  1. Coffee beans are not really beans at all, but berries.
  2. It takes between 4000-5000 coffee cherries to produce a single kilogram of freshly roasted coffee.
  3. A coffee tree has a life expectancy of 70 years and it takes five years for a coffee tree to reach maturity.
  4. In Turkey, husbands were once required during their wedding vows to promise always to provide their wives with coffee and failure to do so could be used as grounds for divorce.
  5. When serving coffee to guests, it is the local custom that the oldest person sitting around the table is served first in Turkey and Greece.
  6. Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world apart from water and has been consumed for over a thousand years.
  7. An Englishman living at the time in Central America discovered how to produce instant coffee.
  8. Interestingly his name was George Washington.
  9. Caffeine only affects the body up to a certain point. This level depends upon the individual. After a certain number of cups of coffee have been drunk (typically 4 in quick succession), consuming further cups will provide no further stimulation as the rest is not absorbed.
  10. All coffee is grown in what is called the bean belt(the area between the tropic of cancer and the tropic of Capricorn.
  11. Coffee Berries are Picked, Dried, and Stripped until a green bean is left.
  12. The term Americano comes from the American GI’s during WW1, they ordered espresso with water to dilute the strong flavor.
  13. Legend has it that Ethiopian shepherds first noticed the effects of caffeine when their goats seemed to dance after eating the Coffee Berries.
  14. Coffee first was eaten, it wasn’t a drink.
  15. In 1675, the King of England banned coffee houses. He swore they were places where people met to conspire against him.
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