5 Interesting facts about coffee you probably didn’t know

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For representational use [Image: Magicpin]
For representational use [Image: Magicpin]

New Delhi : Many of us kickstart our day with a hot cup of strong coffee to feel lively and of-course active throughout the day. However, coffee isn’t a new trend and has been around for over a thousand years. But do you know which country grows the most coffee in the world or that it is of two types and they are not beans? You did’nt know right? 

So here are a few interesting details about coffee, which you would like to know.

Coffee beans are actually seeds

Coffee are the seeds of the cherry-like berries found on the flowering shrubs, but we call them beans because of their resemblance to legumes. And you can also eat coffee cherries as a food. Earlier people mixed coffee berries with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball.

There are two main types: Arabica & Robusta

Growers mainly plant the Arabica species. Although less popular, Robusta tastes slightly more bitter and contains more caffeine.

Brazil grows the most coffee in the world

Brazil produces about third of the world’s supply of coffee, according to the International Coffee Organization, about twice as much as the second place holder, Vietnam. 

Espresso means pressed out in Italian. This refers to the way espresso is made — forcing boiling water through pressed coffee grounds. And although espresso has more caffeine per volume than coffee, it would take three shots to equal the amount in a regular cup of joe.

Coffee was discovered in 800 AD

It is believed that 9th-century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to dance after eating the fruit of the coffea plant. A local monk then made a drink with the produce and found that it kept him awake at night, which was the original cup of coffee!

Multiple people have tried to ban coffee

Back in 1511, leaders in Mecca believed it stimulated radical thinking and outlawed the drink. Some 16th-century Italian clergymen also tried to ban coffee because they believed it to be satanic. However, Pope Clement VII loved coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had it baptised in 1600.