10 Things You May Not Know About Coffee.
1. Coffee beans are actually seeds.
The seed is taken from the coffee berry (sometimes known as cascara) and goes through several processes to become the roasted coffee we all love.
2. Who discovered coffee?
It is believed that coffee was discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi - in 9th-century Ethiopia. Kaldi noticed that his goats became extremely energetic after eating certain berries.
3. Coffee is roasted at many different levels.
Although roast names and descriptions are not standardized in the coffee industry, there really are only four main roast types; Light, Medium, Medium-Dark, and Dark.
Light: 350 - 400 °F
Medium: 410 - 430 °F
Medium - Dark Roast: 435 - 445 °F
Dark: 465 - 485 °F
4. Light vs. dark.
The lighter the roast, the more caffeine/acidity. The darker the roast, the less caffeine/acidity. Dark roasts will also have more oil on the surface of the beans.
5. World record for the oldest cat?
Not coffee related...? Think again! The Guinness World record holder for the "Oldest Cat Ever," a 38-year-old cat named Creme Puff - drank coffee every morning her whole life.
6. Coffee can't be grown naturally everywhere.
Coffee can be grown in greenhouses in some places, but in order for it to grow naturally, it has to be grown between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
7. California is now a coffee origin.
Hold up...didn't you just say "coffee has to be grown between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn?" With an exception to the previous fact, coffee is now naturally growing, for the very first in the United States, in California! Near the coastal southern region of California, you’ll find many up and coming coffee farms. One of the longest running being a family owned coffee farm, called Frinj, est. in 2002.
8. Who drinks the most coffee?
Plain and simple, Finland consumes the most coffee in the world. Come on America...keep up!
9. Coffee fuels more than just humans...
Scientists have successfully turned ground coffee into biodiesel, so one day coffee may be fuelling your car!
10. Want to join the Olympics?
In 1932, Brazil didn't have enough funds to send its athletes to the Olympics, so the athletes had to earn the money themselves by selling coffee.
Keep on sipping, coffee lovers!