Coffee is a magical liquor that has been invented in order to make your mornings happier and to help people get addicted on a healthy thing. Lots of people’s mornings or even days wouldn’t be the same without that strong cup of coffee that alerts their senses and gets them ready for work.
But besides the fact that you are in love with it, what else do you know about coffee? Here are 10 things that will get you hooked up on it and 26 ways to ask for coffee in different countries.
12 Interesting Facts about Coffee
1. Goats are to blame – apparently the Ethiopian shepherds noticed that their goats became more frisky and “dance” after consuming coffee berries. So they tried it and they became highly energized. Maybe they even did a little dance with the goats. And everyone lived happily ever after!
2. Cappuccino – it is said that the name comes from the drink’s resemblance to the clothing of the Capuchin monks.
3. Eat it – in earlier times African tribes used to mix coffee berries with fat in order to form energy balls. They would eat this because it kept them full for a longer period of time, diminishing their food intake but increasing their energy.
4. Instant coffee – this type of coffee was invented by George Washington. But don’t get too excited. It’s not the George Washington that we all know, but a Belgian man in Guatemala who invented instant coffee in 1906. Thank you, George!
5. Columbia and Brazil – 40% of the world’s coffee comes from countries like Columbia and Brazil. This is where our presents should go to.
6. Coffee houses – the King of England banned coffee places in 1675 under the pretext that these were places where people met to conspire against him. He might not have been completely wrong!
7. Kopi Luwak – this is the world’s most expensive type of coffee (can go up to $600/pound) and apparently the beans are excreted by Sumatran wild cats. Talk about pretentious!
8. Nutrients – one cup of coffee contains 22% of the daily intake of nutrients and minerals recommended by specialists: 11% of Riboflavin (vitamin B2), 6% of Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5), 3% of Manganese and Potassium, and 2% of Niacin and Magnesium.
9. Alzheimer’s Disease – numerous studies have shown that those who consume coffee daily are less likely to get Alzheimer’s Disease (one of the main causes of dementia).
10. Protects the liver – people who consume four cups of coffee daily are less likely to develop cirrhosis (this is a condition that affects the liver).
11. Workout – if you consume coffee before your workout you will get better physical performance. Why? Because caffeine increases the levels of adrenaline and releases the fatty acids existent in the fat issues.
12. The Coffee Belt – this term is used to describe the regions that have all the perfect conditions for growing coffee (warmth and sunshine).
And since ordering coffee in another country can be harder than you think, here is a guide to help you!
Which type of coffee is your favorite?