Saturday, August 12, 2017

8 Little Known Coffee Facts

  1. Coffee has been around for over 11 centuries and is currently the most widely consumed beverage in the world? Over 400 billion cups are consumed every year!
  2. In 1822 the French were the first to innovate a crude espresso machine? The Italians then perfected this machine and became the first to manufacture it.
  3. The legend of 'Cowboy Coffee'? It was said that cowboys made their coffee by putting ground coffee into a clean sock and immersed it in water heated over a camp fire. When ready, they would pour the coffee into tin cups and drink it.
  4. Caffeine is on the International Olympic Committee list of prohibited substances? Athletes who test positive for more than 12 micrograms of caffeine per millilitre of urine may be banned from the Olympic Games. This level may be reached after drinking about 5 cups of coffee.
  5. The infamous French Revolution was born in French Cafes? It happened in 1789 when the Parisians, spurred on by Camille Desmoulin's verbal campaign, took to the streets and two days later the Bastille fell, marking the overthrow of the French Government and changing France forever.
  6. Coffee beans are graded in various ways? Example: Kenyan coffees are graded as A, B and C. AA is the best coffee. In Costa Rica, coffees are graded as Strictly Hard Bean, Good Hard Bean, Hard Bean, Medium Hard Bean, High Grown Atlantic, Medium Grown Atlantic, and Low Grown Atlantic. Those coffee beans from Colombia are labelled as 'Supremo', 'Excelso', 'Extra' and the lowest grade, 'Pasilla'.
  7. Turkish bridegrooms were once required to make a promise during their wedding ceremonies to always provide their new wives with coffee? If they failed to do so, it was grounds for divorce!
  8. Japan is now the third largest consumer of coffee? They try to improve their skin and reduce wrinkles by bathing in coffee grounds that were fermented with pineapple pulp.

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