14 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About Coffee
by Foodie Editor • November 16, 2013 • Health
1- Legend has it a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder discovered coffee by accident when he noticed how crazy the beans were making his goats
2- Coffee beans grow on a bush
3- Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth
4- The name cappuccino comes from the resemblance of the drink to the clothing of the Capuchin monks.
5- Espresso literally means when something is forced out, and it is regulated by the Italian government because it is considered an essential part of their daily life
6- Coffee is a psychoactive and at high doses it can make you see things, or even kill you (The lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee)
7- Coffee was the first food to be freeze dried
8- Coffee beans are actually the pit of a berry, which makes them a fruit
9- 40% of the world’s coffee is produced by Colombia and Brazil
10- Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee (up to $600 per pound) is made from coffee beans eaten and then excreted by a Sumatran wild cat (Common palm civet), a weasel-like animal.
11- Most coffees are a blend of Arabica and Robusta beans
12- An ibrik is a long handled copper pot for making Turkish coffee
13- Arabica varieties such as Java and Mocha are named after their ports of origin
14- Sixteenth-century Muslim rulers banned coffee because of its unusual stimulating effects
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