10 Surprising Facts About Your Favourite Cup Of Coffee

5:00 am 22 Jul, 2014


What can be done over a cup of coffee? Everything! A cup of coffee is all you need to discuss everything under the sun. Chat, relax, plan out, gossip, work, study – is there anything more? Light coffee in the morning, cappuccino in the afternoon, an espresso or caramel latte in the evening and a dark, strong cup of coffee at night – you have a variety of the liquid in any form, any time. Let’s now have a look at certain facts about coffee which we were unaware of:

10. Coffee the Food and not Coffee the Drink

Coffee was, hold your breath, a thing to chew and eat and not gulp. They were made in the form of fat energy balls for a healthy dose of caffeine. Energy balls or espresso? We say Espresso any darn day. However, these big fat coffee balls were highly portable and infused more energy than its liquid form. But we won’t trade them for our dose of coffee.

Coffee the Food and not Coffee the Drink

9. Coffee in place of Fossil Fuel

A bit of earth safety is everywhere. Why not use coffee for something that is dwindling. Scientists have recently found out that coffee beans are combustible and that they can be used in place of fossil fuels for our motor cars and vehicles. So there will be a day when all of us and our cars would all be fuelled by coffee.

Coffee in place of Fossil Fuel

8. What’s in a Word

The word coffee is actually derived from an Arabic word ‘qahhwat al-bun’ which means ‘wine of the bean’. Want to feel classier when you’re trying to brave past your sleep at midnight? Tell yourself that you’re not having coffee but wine made out of beans. Wine is wine. And, any wine is wine.

What’s in a Word

7. The Invention of the Webcam, err, for Coffee

Did you know that the webcam was invented to find out how much coffee was left in the pot at the University of Cambridge? A noble cause, isn’t it? As weird as it may sound, but, webcams in the late 20th century were used to inform students whether they could get their cups of coffee whenever they wanted or not. If the pot’s full, everyone knows it and if it’s empty – someone has to make it. Who’ll bell the cat now?

The Invention of the Webcam, err, for Coffee

6. Coffee Consumption by New York? 7 Times that of the Whole World

New York drinks 7 times more coffee than the rest of the world. Well, it is a city which never really sleeps. Now you know why. Only the Hawaii produce coffee naturally, else, all that they drink is imported from the countries falling in the Bean Belt (which is appropriate for producing coffee). There are a huge number of coffee shops almost everywhere which increases the intake of coffee by the Americans.

Coffee Consumption by New York? 7 Times that of the Whole World


5. Americano? Water added to strong Coffee for the Soldiers

Soldiers, yes American soldiers, during the World War II would order their coffee to be made lighter than the usual. For that, they would mix water with strong coffee and then have it. Seems paradoxical right? Tough soldiers wanting to have lighter coffee is as unusual as it sounds. However, the version of coffee named Americano comes from this.

Americano? Water added to strong Coffee for the Soldiers

4. 100 Cups of Coffee for that Lethal Caffeine dose

A cup of coffee keeps us awake at night – imagine what 100 cups could have done. A bit of caffeine is enough actually, for all we need to keep ourselves awake through the late study hours. However, to make it really lethal, it takes 99 more cups to do the job. It is said that an enormous dose of caffeine is usually taken through other ways and not through cups of drinkable coffee.

100 Cups of Coffee for that Lethal Caffeine dose

3. The Turkey Coffee Marriage Custom

Turkey actually practised this custom that if a husband did not provide his wife with coffee, then it was solid ground for divorce. But, it’s no more followed now. Although, making coffee for yourself and no other would really make you fall in trouble. There are too many coffee lovers to take that risk, don’t you think?

The Turkey Coffee Marriage Custom

2. The Second Largest Exported Commodity in the World? Coffee

Yes, coffee is the second largest exported product in the world. First comes oil. We have something for liquids, don’t we? Statistically speaking, the world drinks a big deal of coffee, and we add to it. It’s mostly imported by the European countries and the US. Well, these people are also the biggest importers of oil.

The Second Largest Exported Commodity in the World? Coffee

1. It is a Fruit, with a Seed

Ever heard of coffee berries? They are basically dark red coloured berries, which grow on coffee plants and are picked for the production of coffee. These edible fruits have a seed inside which partially resembles what you know as a coffee bean. These seeds go through a huge process after which they finally take the shape of the coffee bean. Come to think of it, coffee can be termed as a processed form of fruit juice.

It is a Fruit, with a Seed

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