Interesting Facts About Coffee

Coffee is the world’s most beloved beverage, and with that distinction comes a fair share of disinformation and mythology. Some of those myths are false – such as coffee causing dehydration: it does not. In fact, it helps it. Some myths, however, are grounded in truth. Because of its rich history, coffee has accumulated its fair share of interesting facts over the millennia. Today we are going to look at some of those interesting coffee facts and see how they shape our view of coffee.

Coffee got its start way back in 800 A.D. According to “myth,” goats, who feasted on the fruit of Coffea plants, were witnessed “dancing” by local goat herders. Taking inspiration from the goats, a monk from the local village decided to use the berries of the plant to create a beverage. The side effect? The monk stayed up all night. The rest, as they say, is history.

Of course, there are those that debate that version of coffee’s history. Another story states that coffee was not a drink in its first incarnation. Some historians say that the first African tribes would grind coffee berries and mix them with animal fat to form little edible “coffee balls.”

What is known, for a fact, is that instant coffee first popped up in England around 1771. Nearly 140 years after that, instant coffee became mass-produced and patented in the United States. Now, American’s spend over $1000 a year on coffee on average. Even with that, however, America is not the largest coffee consumer in the world. Currently, that distinction belongs to Finland.

Here’s another interesting fact: coffee “beans” aren’t actually beans. In reality, they are seeds. Coffee plants are flowering shrubs that have berries that look like cherries. The pits of those berries are what we refer to as coffee beans.

Decaffeinated coffee – or decaf coffee – comes from a German merchant in 1906. Ludwig Roselius searched for a way to remove caffeine from coffee and stumbled upon the solution on accident: a shipment of coffee beans had accidentally become soaked by seawater, thus removing some of the caffeine. He then furthered the process by steaming coffee with acids and removing the caffeine with benzene.

Decaf coffee, also, is not entirely caffeine-free. It contains a small amount of caffeine – between 2 and 12 milligrams. A regular cup of coffee has about 95-200 milligrams.

Worried about all that caffeine going to waste? Don’t be – the caffeine gets sold and used by soda companies and pharmaceutical agencies.

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