The coffee is the second drinkthe most consumed in the world, after water and although its great popularity is related in principle to its unmatched stimulating power; is also related to extraordinary nutritional and medicinal properties.
While lately we have had the opportunity to read a lot about the therapeutic benefits related to coffee consumption, few know about its fascinating story. For all coffee lovers, here are some incredible data about this ancient and delicious drink.
1. About the world’s first coffee
There are records that indicate that the world’s first coffee It was discovered in the 6th century, in Ethiopia. Legend has it that the goat herders they realized the effect it had the caffeine in their goats, after eating the fruit of the plant that at that time they knew as “coffea” and what made the goats very hectic and active, as if they will dance. Later a local monk prepared a drink infused with these fruits and although at the beginning its flavor was not the best, he discovered that they kept it awake all night and decided to improve it by dry and toast the fruits. The rest is history, since that is how the first cup of coffee came about.
2. Coffee beans are technically seeds
Are the berry bones and they have the peculiarity of being very similar to cherries found in flowering bushes. In the world of coffee they are known as “Beans” Due to its resemblance to legumes and grinding it is how we obtain a steaming and delicious cup of coffee. Another peculiarity is that coffee cherries are usually also used as food, initially people mixed the coffee berries with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball, according to PBS. They also fermented the pulp to make a wine-like drink
3. Has its official day
Coffee is such a valued drink that it quickly their consumption expanded around the world and the first celebration of International coffee day was in charge of the Coffee Association in Japan, in 1983. Although the reality is that the official celebration was in charge of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on October 1, 2015. Since then, various coffee organizations and associations in the world have indicated this date as World Coffee Day.
4. The type of coffee that is most consumed
One of the great qualities of coffee is related to its immense versatility, since it is a drink that lends itself to creating all kinds of combinations and presentations. Although the most popular way to drink it is the traditional American coffee and it is a coincidence since near the 63% of coffee production occurs in America, especially in regions such as Brazil, Colombia, Mexico specifically in states like Oaxaca, Chiapas and Veracruz. Other relevant data are that the 24% of production it happens in Asia and 13% in Africa.
5. There are two types of coffee
exist two types of coffee varieties in the world: Arabica and robust. Coffee growers around the world predominantly plant the arabic species and is characterized by representing 56% of world production, as a result a smooth and really aromatic coffee. While the robusta coffee variant represents the 43% of world production and it is a type of coffee that has double the caffeine and the result is a full-bodied coffee, a bitter and slightly perfumed final taste.
6. Brazil produces the largest amount of coffee in the world
To date, Brazil is the country in charge of a third of the world supply, according to data revealed by the International Coffee Organization, about double the second place in the world that is Vietnam. While alone two regions of the United States produce coffee, the specific case of Hawaii and California.
7. Espresso is an Italian term
Without a doubt one of the most iconic presentations of coffee is espresso, which is characterized by its concentrated flavor and higher concentration of caffeine. And it gets its popular name thanks to the italian word what does it mean “squeezed” and that refers to the technique to obtain this type of coffee: force the boiling water through the pressed coffee containers.