Second only to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world. We love it, we need it, and we drink tons of it. According to a PBS.org article, it is estimated that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day worldwide. Below you’ll find a brief history, popular coffee drinks, health benefits, and fun facts about the beverage we all cheerish.
Yum! Head over to your local coffee shop and order one of these amazing drinks. Ever wonder, "what's the difference," with all these drinks? We'll look below and find out.
Prepared by diluting an espresso with hot water, giving it a similar strength to brewed coffee.
Composed of double espresso and hot milk, with the surface topped with foamed milk.
Concentrated form of coffee that has a full-flavored aroma, which is served in "shots."
Comprised of espresso with microfoam, steamed milk with small bubbles that has a velvety texture.
A type of coffee made with espresso and hot steamed milk, milkier than a cappuccino.
Based on espresso, and hot milk, but added with chocolate in the form of sweeet cocoa powder.
Ever wonder how in the world did we discover coffee? Here's a quick snapshot for your enjoyment.
850s A popular Ethiopian legend where coffee is discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi, who found his goats frolicking and full of energy after eating the red fruit of the coffee shrub. Kaldi tried the fruit for himself and had a similar reaction. After witnessing their strange behavior, a monk took some of the fruit back to his fellow monks; they too spent the night awake and alert.
1800s Brazil's plantations grow and their crops overtake the market, solidifying themselves as the coffee powerhouse we know today, and redefining coffee from an indulgence for aristocrats to a drink for the masses.
Today Coffee is arguably the world's favorite beverage, and boasts second place as the world's second most legally traded and valuable commodity.
Drinking coffee in moderation, has some amazing benefits.
Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. This is because it contains a stimulant called caffeine, which is actually the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.
Studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%. Other studies show that caffeine can increase the burning of fat, by 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.
Coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The studies show that people who drink the most coffee have a 23-50% lower risk of getting this disease.
According to Good Housekeeping here are some interesting facts about our favorite beverage.
Of course you would have to drink over 100 cups to consume the lethal dose of caffeine.
Need an energy boost? It just so happens that coffee berries mixed with fat create an energy-rich snack.
An eight ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually has caffeine to be precise about two-to-12 milligrams.
From the feces of a Sumatran cat. When the beans are excreted, they produce a smooth, chocolaty coffee.
We’ll go figure. By simply adding cream to coffee, your cup of joe cools 20% slower than plain black coffee.
Brazil is the dominant player when it comes to coffee production. It produces 40% of the world's coffee.
Here are some amusing sayings from famous coffee enthusiasts.
Good communication is just as stimulating as black coffee, and just as hard to sleep after.
Anne Marrow Lindbergh
I judge a restaurant by the bread and the coffee.
The powers of a man’s mind are directly proportional to the quantity of coffee he drank.
Sir James MacKintosh
I am a coffee fanatic. Once you go to proper coffee, you can’t go back. You cannot go back.
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