Do you love coffee? Considered as the second most exported product in the world, people all over the world clearly craves for a cup of joe everyday. But did you know that the most expensive coffee in the world is excreted by a Sumatran wild cat? A pound of this expensive coffee costs for about $600 and at least $100 for four ounces of its coffee ground! And while a man may have invented the caffeinated beverage that we drink now, coffee was first discovered not by man but by goats in Ethiopia. That it why African tribes before do not drink it but they mix the coffee berries with fat and mold them into energy balls. Find more about these strange facts in this list!
10- Coffee drinking competition
Have you ever heard any coffee drinking competition today? It may be unusual nowadays, but, before, it was very popular especially between the branches of the military! Among them, the branch who claimed to drink the most were the Marines - the soldiers were able to drink twenty cups everyday.
9- Coffee Ban in England
Being the second most traded product in the world, you cannot imagine coffee being banned right? But during the reign of King Charles in 1675, coffee was attempted to be banned in England. It started when a group of young women claimed that coffee caused men to be as unfruitful as the deserts. This group of women was referred to as several thousands of Buxome Good-Women. However, many people were disappointed with the King's decision so he abandoned it. Later on, coffee houses became one of the most popular meeting places in London.
8- Brazil is the largest coffee producing country
Among all the numerous countries that produce coffee beans, Brazil bags the name of largest coffee producing country in the world. From the total world supply of coffee beans, Brazil's coffee industry accounts for almost 30-40% of it. Although, Brazil is not the largest consumer of coffee, but the United States. Following Brazil's massive coffee plantation is Vietnam, while Colombia bags the third spot.
7- Cup of joe
Did you know where the phrase "cup of joe" come from? Apparently, the popular idiom "cup of joe" comes from the fact that American servicemen, also referred to as the GI Joes, during the World War II were seen as big coffee drinkers. Today, it is one of the most popular American nicknames to a cup of coffee.
6- Divorce due to coffee
While other couples get divorced because of extramarital relationships, couples in the ancient Arab culture could get divorced if the husband could not provide his wife of her daily quota of coffee. Actually, it was the only way for them to legally separate! This strange fact was mostly practiced in Turkey, where the husbands were required to promise in their wedding vows that they will provide their bride-to-be with adequate supply of coffee.
5- Coffee was discovered by a goat
A man may have invented the caffeinated beverage that we drink now, but coffee was first discovered not by man but by goats! This discovery happened when a lowly goat herder in Ethiopia noticed one day that his goats were inexplicably full of energy and very giddy. When he inspected the premises, he found out that his goats were munching on certain berries from a bush. When he tried consuming the berries, he found out that it has the same effect to him.
4- Too Much Coffee
For coffee lovers, there can be no such thing as too much coffee. But, medically, there is! And consuming too much coffee can be very dangerous to one's health because it contains caffeine - which, like any other drugs, can be toxic in large doses. The lethal dose for coffee requires more or less a hundred cup of joe, but consuming at least ten cups of it already has bad effects to one's health. There is even what is referred to as cafeeinism or coffee addiction, where one needs six or more cups of coffee a day.
3- Most Expensive Coffee
Did you know that the most expensive coffee in the world is one found in the excretion of Sumatran species of wild cats? Known as the Kopi Luwak, it will cost you at least $100 for every 4 ounces of this coffee or more than $600 per pound! The coffee berries eaten by the wild cat are not digested properly but are only stored in their stomach, so when it is excreted by the animal, it is already in perfect condition for brewing.
2- Coffee is actually a fruit
One of the common misunderstandings when it comes to coffee is that many people think it is a bean. However, coffee are actually berries from a bush; hence, a fruit. The coffee beans that we see mostly in stores are just the dried seeds from these cherry-looking fruit after the pulp is removed and the bean is dried. Actually, the pulp of this fruit tastes mildly sweet when it is ripe, which is why many animals like wild cats feed on them.
1- Coffee was originally eaten
While, nowadays, we drink coffee as a beverage, they were originally eaten many generations ago. Since the first coffee was found in Africa, many African tribes were the first to consume them. The tribesmen would mix the coffee berries (not beans) with fat and mold them into energy balls, which they will eat once or twice everyday to give them more energy when it comes to hunting. It was only generations after when coffee grounds were brewed and consumed in liquid form.