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10 Facts about coffee

It's always good to learn something new. Here are 10 facts for you to muse over when you go for your next coffee fix!

1. Coffee was first discovered by shepherds in Ethiopia circa 800 A.D.

Cheap dehumidifier cannabis Legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi found that his goats became very excitable after eating coffee berries (the fruit that eventually becomes coffee beans). Kaldi reported this to a local monk, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him awake at night. Word soon began to spread about the energizing effects of coffee, and, as they say, the rest was history.

2. ai???Mochaai??i?? is not just a chocolate-flavoured coffee

In fact, you may be surprised to know that Mocha is also a variety of coffee bean! Known for its rich, earthy flavour and chocolatey aftertaste, the Mocha coffee bean originated in Mocha, Yemen and is now a favourite among specialty coffee lovers. It is no wonder that our beloved chocolate-flavoured coffee got its name from this popular coffee bean!

3. The worldai??i??s first coffee house opened in 1475 in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul)

Kiva Han was the name of the worldai??i??s first recorded coffee shop, opened in the Turkish city now known as Istanbul. The city has one of the strongest coffee cultures in the world, as cafes can be found at almost every corner.

4. Speaking of which, coffee houses have been given several nicknames over the course of history

The earliest term used wasAi??ai???Schools of Wisdomai??i??,Ai??describing coffee houses as places where people met to discuss arts and literature. Writers, poets, politicians and even scientists would patronise cafes around Europe, so much so that the writings created there are commonly referred to as coffee house literature. Another term,Ai?? Cheap cefadroxil ai???Penny Universitiesai??i??Ai??referred particularly to cafes in England, where intellectuals gathered to discuss current affairs and exchange knowledge. The cafes were thus seen as alternatives to universities, hence the nickname.

5. Light roast coffee has more caffeine than dark roasts

Dark roasts are a result of roasting coffee beans at a higher temperature, which would break down the caffeine in the beans. On the other hand, light roasts not only have more caffeine, but more flavour too as the substances in the coffee beans are preserved. This is why specialty coffee uses mainly light roasts, to preserve the beanai??i??s original flavour.

6. The nickname ai???cup of Joeai??i?? for coffee originated during WWII

American soldiers at the time were known as G.I. Joes, and as they consumed large amounts of coffee, the beverage soon earned the popular nickname ai???a cup of Joeai??i??. Now you know where our plan, Average Joe derives its name from!

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7. Coffee is grown in more than 70 countries

Coffee-producing countries lie around the equator, forming what is known as the ai???Bean Beltai??i??. Coffee is commonly grown in mountainous areas, where temperatures range from 15 to 30 degrees celsius.

8. Coffee was banned three times in three different cultures

Once in Mecca in the 16th century due to fears of its stimulating effects, once when a European ruler banned the drink to quiet a revolution, and once when Frederick the Great banned coffee in Germany in 1677 because he was concerned people were spending too much money on the drink.

9. There are two main species of coffee -- Arabica and Robusta

Arabica beans are said to have the best quality and are widely produced, while Robusta beans are more bitter because of their higher caffeine content, and are used in many instant coffees.

10. International Coffee Day is 1 October

Mark your calendars!