5 Surprisingly Fun Facts About Coffee

Coffee is really a fruit.

Coffee beans are the pit of a cherry looking berry. You probably drink coffee everyday, but did you ever wonder where it comes from? Well the coffee bean is actually a seed, if you roast it and grind it, it can be used to brew coffee, but otherwise it is used to plant coffee trees. These trees will blossom and give way to coffee “berries” that are round and red and look very much like an actual cherry. So if you have one coffee a day, can say you are technically having daily fruit? Well that is stretching it a bit too much. But don’t get discouraged; coffee contains some vitamins that are vital to you such as Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid), Magnesium and Potassium and B3 (Niacin). So drink up!

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Some hundreds of years ago, in ancient Arab Culture there was only one way for a woman to legally divorce, that’s if her husband didn’t provide enough coffee.

The word “coffee” comes from the word in Arabic and Turkish “qahwa” and “kahve.” Which comes from the word kahvalti meaning “breakfast.” Coffee is a big part of Turkish culture and at some point it was part of their culture that a woman would make a great wife depending on her skills to brew coffee. This may have influenced a Turkish law, which was made a few hundred years ago that made legal for women to divorce their husbands if they did not provide the household with a daily quota of coffee. We can be grateful that times have changed and coffee doesn’t determine those kinds of legal decisions in our lives, right?

 

By the mid 1600’s coffee became New York City’s most popular breakfast drink, what was it before, then? The answer is beer.

Coffee slowly made its way into homes where it came to replace the must have breakfast drink: Beer. Yeah, can you imagine having beer for breakfast? Some would be very happy about that habit. But now back to coffee, how did coffee made its way up? Coffee plants reached the New World in early eighteenth century but that didn’t mean that coffee would become popular right away. People started making the switch from tea to coffee as a sign of patriotism since the Boston Tea Party in 1773, where some demonstrators aimed to destruct the shipment of tea to show resistance against the British. If this wasn’t enough, The Civil war and other conflicts that followed also helped with the increase of coffee consumption as soldiers relied on coffee’s caffeine boost for some extra energy. Still, until today, most people rely on coffee to wake up every morning. Americans love coffee just as the rest of the world. As the rumor says, Teddy Roosevelt himself made one of the greatest coffee drinkers in America having a gallon of coffee daily!

 

The first webcam in the world was made for coffee.

As all great inventions are created to solve a problem, in 1991 a group of scientists at Cambridge University created the first web cam to watch the coffee pot on their building. Why? This Camera, which was on 24/7, served the scientists to see the live streaming footage of the coffee pot on the web so they wouldn’t have to bother to make a trip to the cafeteria to only see the pot, was empty. So yes, they created the first web cam in the world to watch the coffee and save themselves the disappointment of a coffee-less trip downstairs.

 

The reason why coffee never taste as good as it smells is because saliva wipes away half of its taste.

For many the smell of morning freshly brewed coffee is the first highlight of their day. But have you every wondered why it doesn’t taste as good as it smells? I’m sure you have been disappointed many times. Well scientists claim they have found the answer to this mystery of why it never tastes as good as it smells. When swallowing the coffee, the drink sends a burst of aroma to the back of the nose from inside your mouth, which is far less satisfying than when you smell it from the environment. Yes, apparently humans have two senses of smell; one that you inhale from the environment and one from the passage between the mouth and nose. Although we have taste buds on our tongue, 80% of what we think of, as taste is actually what we feel through our nose receptors. So when having coffee specifically, half of the taste is eliminated by the saliva, making us only taste one tiny part of our amazingly smelling coffee.

 

 

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