Interesting coffee facts
The aroma of coffee contains more than 700 substances, and it is rich in caffeine. The original home of coffee is presumably Ethiopia. Coffee launched in the 15th century and came to Europe in the 16th century with the contribution of the Arabs. Today, it is one of the most popular drinks in the world. But there are other facts about coffee you may have missed until now.
Coffee is the second most commercialized product in the world after oil. This makes the black drink an attractive investment product. The price of coffee is determined by the London Stock Exchange and the New York Intercontinental Commodity Exchange (ICE). In 2014, its price increased by 58% in 12 months, it performed better than any raw material.
The world record of coffee consumption
Coffee is usually consumed while it’s hot and contains caffeine, which is a stimulant. It is produced from peeled, ground, dried, and roasted coffee beans. These berries are called grains, but this is not correct from a botanical point of view. The coffee cherry is a stone fruit. It consists of two thick, hard cores surrounded by a thin fleshy layer. This kernel (or grain) resembles a bean but is nevertheless called a coffee bean.
But let’s investigate now an interesting question: what is the world record for coffee consumption? 82 cups in 7 hours! This is almost a fatal dose. After 100 cups, an average adult is at risk of losing his life. Yet scientists have long agreed that coffee is not necessarily bad for health and may even be beneficial. Everyone knows that it is the excess that harms, so we have to find out where is the limit.
According to Dr. Chip Lavie -a cardiologist and co-author of a Mayo Clinic Proceedings study (PDF)-, two to three cups of black drink per day are harmless and potentially beneficial to health. Rob van Dam, an epidemiologist at the Harvard School of Public Health thinks that four cups of coffee a day are not harmful to your health, as long as you have a healthy lifestyle and you are not pregnant.
The Mayo Clinic study concluded that men under the age of 55 increase the risk of dying by 50% when they drink more than 28 cups per week and in the case of women the risk is twice as high. According to the Rob van Dam study, people who drink up to six cups of coffee a day do not have a higher-than-average risk of mortality.
The capital of coffee and the biggest coffee producer
What do you think, which place may be considered the capital of coffee? Seattle is by the way also the birthplace of Starbucks In the early seventies, the company was only a small shop in Seattle. Today, Starbucks, with 22,500 establishments in 64 countries and $ 21.5 billion in sales, is the world’s largest roaster and retailer of coffee.