30 Weird and surprising facts about coffee

30 Weird and surprising facts about coffee

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Interesting facts: People call coffee “the fuel of modern man” as a joke, but that’s not really too far from the truth. Take a look at any office in the morning and the majority of people are drinking coffee. While I love tea too, there is still a lot to be said about the benefits and facts you didn’t know before about coffee

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The writer Honoré de Balzac consumed 30 to 50 cups of coffee per day

The famous author of The Human Comedy was a real caffeine addict. He worked like a slave on his manuscripts, up to 18 hours a day. In other words, without coffee, his work wouldn’t have been the same. He traveled all over Paris to get the best coffee beans.

Coffee consumption affects sperm speed

In Brazil, a study was carried out on 750 men who consumed different amounts of coffee. Researchers found that heavy coffee drinkers had much faster sperm counts than those who did not drink coffee at all. The more coffee a man drinks, the easier it is for his sperm to move around.

Coffee does not necessarily cause stomach pain

If you have ever complained of stomach pain, you can consult your doctor to see what might be causing the problem. 

According to Lauren Gerson, MD, MSc, Associate Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at Stanford University School of Medicine, “there is no evidence from the studies reviewed that coffee causes ulcers or more pain in patients with documented ulcers.

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She also notes that there is no evidence that coffee can cause stomach pain in patients with indigestion. However, there is one type of digestive problem that coffee can make worse, Dr. Gerson explains that drinking coffee can make heartburn symptoms worse because it stimulates the stomach to produce stomach acid.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil

The coffee economy represents a considerable challenge: the world coffee trade represents between 10 and 15 billion dollars each year.

Ludwig van Beethoven couldn’t drink a coffee if it didn’t contain exactly 60 coffee beans

The German composer was obsessed with the number of beans in his coffee. He counted the beans himself to ensure that the number was respected.

The world’s first webcam was invented for coffee

The first webcam was created in 1991 by James Quentin Stafford-Fraser and Paul Jardetzky at the Department of Computer Science at the University of Cambridge. Scientists installed a camera on their coffee maker and streamed the images live on the web so that they could see whether the coffee maker was empty or not. 

 Coffee may reduce the risk of skin cancer

Staying out of the sun and applying a generous amount of SPF regularly should always be your main line of defense against skin cancer. That said, a new study at Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who drank more than three cups of coffee a day had a 20% lower risk of basal cell carcinoma, and men had a 9% risk. 

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However, research has not shown that drinking coffee reduces the risk of squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer, making it all the more necessary to protect your skin outdoors.

The word cappuccino comes from its resemblance to the attire of the Italian Capuchin monks 

The word cappuccino comes from the resemblance between this brown coffee topped with white milk foam and the attire of the Italian Capuchin monks. It goes so far as to say that the drink itself was created by a Capuchin friar, Friar Marco d’Aviono, in the 17th century. 

After the battle with the Ottomans, he is said to have found bags of coffee abandoned by the enemies and invented a new drink to warm his companions.

Coffee only grows in a certain part of the world…

Coffee is not grown all over the world. Coffee trees need a climate that alternates wet and dry seasons to grow properly.

Coffee can help promote a healthy weight.

Drinking an espresso or cappuccino after a meal is more than a relaxing habit. When you drink coffee after a meal, your body assimilates the meal you’ve just eaten more slowly.

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According to David Levitsky professor of nutritional science at Cornell University: “Caffeine decreases the rate at which the stomach discharges its contents into the duodenum” – a part of the small intestine where digestion takes place – 

An after-dinner drink won’t melt away extra pounds. instead, drinking a cup after a meal may help promote a healthy weight.

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Interesting facts: Coffee my can harbor the bacteria

When you think of the most contaminated areas of your home, you probably think of the kitchen sink or garbage disposal. 

But the tank of your coffee machine is also at the top of the list. A study by NSF International, a non-profit health and safety organization, found that the coffee tanks studied were “loaded with yeast and mold,” says Robert Donofrio, Ph.D., director of NSF International’s microbiology laboratories. 

“Virtually none of the volunteers we spoke to cleaned or disinfected their tanks. The residual water in this area, coupled with the fact that it’s a wet part of the machine, contributed to bacterial growth.” To properly clean your coffee machine, follow the manufacturer’s cleaning protocol. 

If nothing is specified, clean it once a month by adding three or four cups of undiluted vinegar to the tank, letting it stand for 30 minutes, then running the vinegar through the unit. Finish by adding fresh water to the tank and running the machine for two or three cycles to remove the vinegar residue.

The most expensive coffee in the world is recovered from animal excrement

Kopi luwak is the most luxurious coffee in the world, yet it is far from appetizing. It is made from coffee berries that have been digested and defecated by “Asian civets”. Coffee cherries are consumed by animals that do not digest the stone. 

This passage through the digestive system softens the bitterness of the bean: the gastric juices undergo a beneficial transformation to the aromas of the coffee beans. The price of this coffee can go up to 160 $ per pound! It is produced mainly in Africa and Asia.

Every day, nearly a billion cups of coffee are drunk around the world

After tea, coffee is the most widely consumed hot beverage in the world. Its consumption is equivalent to 400 billion cups of coffee in the world every year or nearly 1684 per second!

Your coffee consumption determines a part of your personality

A study of 1,000 coffee drinkers revealed that certain personality traits are related to the type of coffee one drinks.

 As a result, black coffee drinkers were found to be very sensible but did not like change. 

Those who drink lattes: are usually generous and a little neurotic. 

Cappuccino drinkers are very sensitive, perfectionist, and health-conscious. 

Those who prefer instant coffee are considered casual and relaxed. 

Those who like sweet and cold coffee have been described as “trendsetters”, although a little thoughtless.

Your body doesn’t need coffee when you wake up

We naturally produce a hormone called cortisol which has a very similar effect to caffeine. This hormone is made at certain times of the day based on our circadian rhythm. It is important to identify the best time to drink your coffee to take advantage of its maximum effectiveness.

Coffee is not as dehydrating as people think it is

Caffeine was once considered an important diuretic, but this is not true unless it is consumed in large quantities. Studies have shown that urine production does not change significantly when a person drinks a caffeinated or non-caffeinated beverage. So, as long as you enjoy your coffee in normal amounts, there is no reason to fear dehydration.

The “powers” of coffee were discovered by goats

According to legend, Ethiopian shepherds were the first to notice the caffeine effects of coffee. They raised their goats in the area where the coffee trees grew and noticed that their goats began to “dance” after eating coffee berries.

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Coffee can lead to a longer and healthier life

Coffee contains many antioxidants that help our bodies fight chemicals called “free radicals”. As a result, coffee drinkers are less at risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s disease, type II diabetes, and certain heart problems. However, coffee drinkers are also more likely to have unhealthy habits such as smoking and drinking alcohol. The above study has been adjusted to show what could happen if these other factors were not in place.

Coffee contains important nutrients

A single cup of coffee contains 11% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin B2, 6% for vitamin B5, 3% manganese and potassium, and much more. As long as you drink good coffee, without adding chemicals or too much sugar, you are doing your body a favor.

Coffee can help you burn fat

Studies have shown that caffeine can increase your metabolism by 3% to 11%. It is one of the few natural chemicals that have the power to encourage the fat burning process.

All coffee is grown in “The Coffee Belt”

All the regions that have the necessary conditions for growing coffee are located in the coffee belt. Plants need a lot of sun and heat and the tropical belt has a lot of it.

There is a reason why iced coffee is more expensive

The resources needed for ice coffee are more numerous and more expensive than your regular coffee drink. Plastic cups, extra napkins, double brewing, and extra power to make it all work. These things add up, so establishments charge more for their ice drinks.

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Caffeine is a crystal

The true form of caffeine is not liquid but rather tiny crystals of 0.0016 inches. No matter how small they are, they still have a powerful energizing effect on us.

Coffee is excellent for your liver

People who drink four cups of coffee a day are 80% less likely to develop cirrhosis, a condition that develops from several liver diseases. However, four cups of coffee is a lot, so don’t drink a lot. Even in small amounts, coffee can still help protect your liver.

Caffeine comes into play quickly

It takes only ten minutes to feel the effects of caffeine after a sip of coffee. It’s one of the fastest foods we eat and drink!

Coffee can help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

Several studies have shown that people who drink coffee are up to 65% less likely to get Alzheimer’s disease and, therefore, are also less likely to suffer from dementia.

The most expensive coffee on Earth is made from poop

The most expensive types of coffee in the world are made from beans that have been digested. Black ivory costs $50 per cup and is made from elephant poop. Luwak, a.k.a. civet, coffee is made by feeding the coffee beans to the mongoose, it costs $160 a pound.

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Coffee beans used to be red fruits

These red berries in the picture are the coffee berries, they grow on trees and from them, we get the coffee beans we need to make our favorite drink.

Coffee was once banned in England

In 1675, King Charles II banned coffee shops and issued closure warrants because he thought people were meeting in coffee shops to conspire against him.

Caffeine improves your performance when you are exercising

Another benefit of caffeine is that it increases your adrenaline levels and releases fatty acids from fatty tissue. This leads to better physical performance by those who consume caffeine before training. 

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