It All Started With Dancing Goats
According to legend, Kaldi was the Ethiopian goatherder who discovered the coffee plant. He noticed his goats acting strange ( dancing goats ) when they ate the cherries from the coffee tree so he tried it for himself. Soon a monk noticed Kaldi’s vigor and asked the goatherder what caused it. Kaldi told him about the plant and the monk picked the berries and brought them back to the monastery where the monks used them to stay awake for late night prayer and study.
From Satan’s drink to the truly Christian beverage
According to legend, Vatican officials asked Pope Clement VIII to impose a ban on coffee claiming that coffee was for Satan’s follower (because it came from the Islamic world), but he refused to do so before trying it first himself. Thus, he ordered that some coffee be prepared for him. He evidently enjoyed it very much because legends says that he remarked “This Satan’s drink is delicious…it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it. We shall fool Satan by baptizing it.”.link
Coffee Could Fuel You, and Your Car
Coffee can do more than just fuel you through an afternoon slump. It might also power your car. That’s the idea behind a study that turned used coffee grounds into biodiesel fuel. Coffee will probably never replace petroleum, but discarded cappuccino scraps might someday help reduce our impact on the environment.link
Coffee Revive Dying Houseplants
Coffee can be used to help save dying house plants. A mixture of coffee grounds and sugar, fed to a pot plant and watered regularly, will revive houseplants that have turned yellow in winter
According to thegardenersrake.com, “it may be the caffeine stimulates the plant or some nutrients in the coffee but this seems to give the plant a kick.” Whatever the reason may be, coffee and house plants do go together. link
It was Illegal
The governor of Mecca banned coffee in 1511, saying, “In coffeehouses men and women meet and play violins and chess, and do other things contrary to our sacred laws.” Then he banned coffee completely.
In 1675, King Charles II tried to ban coffee houses as ‘hotbeds of revolution’, but had to withdraw his proclamation after just 11 days because of the public outcry against it.
The third was Fredrick the Great who banned the beverage in Germany in 1677. He tries to block the importation of green coffee because it is competing with local products.
All coffee in the world grows in the Bean Belt
Coffee grows best in a band around the middle of the world, bounded by the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer, known as the Bean Belt. Soil, climate and altitude affect the flavor of the beans. link
Coffee Is Actually a seed inside of a bright red berry
While you may drink coffee every day, unless you’ve lived in a coffee-producing country you may have no idea what a coffee tree looks like. What we call a coffee bean is actually the seeds of a cherry-like fruit.
The trees can grow to be up to 30 feet tall, but are cultivated to be around 10 feet tall for easy-picking.
Light has more Caffeine than Dark
Contrary to popular belief, dark-roast coffee has very slightly less caffeine than lighter roasts because the roasting process reduces a small amount of the bean’s caffeine content.
Coffee Reduces Your Risk of Diabetes
In a 2005 review of nine studies, researchers found that for those that drank four to six cups of coffee per day, versus only two or fewer, their risk for Type 2 diabetes decreased by almost 30 percent. The number decreased by 35 percent when people drank more than six cups per day. And if you’re picturing yourself running around the office with your eyes bugging out of your head, no worries because caffeinated and decaffeinated coffees provided much the same results.
The bad: Coffee can increase osteoporosis,causes wrinkles and weight gain.link
Coffee Is The Second Most Traded Commodity
Coffee is not just a drink. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world second to only oil.
But while the coffee trade is vital to the politics, survival and economies of many developing nations, the industry’s pricing and futures are decided in conference rooms and on stock exchange floors in some of the world’s wealthiest cities.