Coffee, the most popular hot drink today was an accidental discovery. The ingredient caffeine has several positive effects on nervous system. This refreshes the mind and can make anyone feel better almost instantly. However, Coffee refers to some weird amazing facts that present historical, social interest and evolution of human civilization around the world. Let’s explore some interesting fun facts about coffee.
1. Coffee rust is not the only fungus that can affect coffee plants. Ochratoxin A is toxic poison produced by Aspergillus and Penicillium fungi that grow on coffee plants. The amount of acceptable ochratoxin is controlled in Europe, with an acceptable level of five parts per billion for ground coffee, and 10 parts per billion for instant, because who cares about instant coffee drinkers anyway? Its presence in coffee was only discovered in 1988, and a study shortly afterward found that 7 percent of shipments were over this safe level. Work by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN helped farmers to reduce the average level found in exports by over 25 percent between 1998 and 2004.
2. A new study out of Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that women who drank more than three cups of coffee a day had a 20% lower risk for basal cell carcinoma, and men had a 9% reduced risk. However, the research did not indicate that coffee consumption reduced the risk of squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer, making it all the more important to protect your skin when outdoors.
3. There’s still enough caffeine in coffee to make you ill, especially if you’re not used to it. A 17-year-old girl in England was hospitalized after drinking seven double espressos She suffered mood swings, raised temperature, and palpitations. She said the experience has put her off coffee for good. The other risk of over-indulging is caffeinism, an addiction that is defined as needing six or more cups of ground coffee per day.
4. It’s not often that we think exactly about how our coffee ends up in our cup, and it’s a long, lengthy journey. The coffee exports from the “coffee belt” of the world help prop up many of the tropical countries, where exports of green coffee beans add up to $15 billion per year. And considering that one Arabica coffee tree produces only 1 to 1.5 pounds per year, it takes a lot of care to keep up with the demands of coffee drinkers (in Nordic countries, it can reach up to eight cups of coffee per day). And the complexities of the coffee bean — and the leaf rust that’s threatening to wipe out coffee farms worldwide — make coffee as interesting of a crop as any other.
5. For coffee lovers, there can be no such thing as too much coffee. But, medically, there is! And consuming too much coffee can be very dangerous to one’s health because it contains caffeine – which, like any other drugs, can be toxic in large doses. The lethal dose for coffee requires more or less a hundred cup of joe, but consuming at least ten cups of it already has bad effects to one’s health. There is even what is referred to as cafeeinism or coffee addiction, where one needs six or more cups of coffee a day.
6. One of the common misunderstandings when it comes to coffee is that many people think it is a bean. However, coffee are actually berries from a bush; hence, a fruit. The coffee beans that we see mostly in stores are just the dried seeds from these cherry-looking fruit after the pulp is removed and the bean is dried. Actually, the pulp of this fruit tastes mildly sweet when it is ripe, which is why many animals like wild cats feed on them.
7. Coffee beans have been around for centuries. So before it became the different drinks that many of us enjoy today, it was used in a myriad of different ways. In the country of Ethiopia, a farmer noticed that his goats would act rather suspiciously after they’d eat from a specific bush. Upon further investigation, he found that what they were eating from were coffee plants. He ate some of the berries himself and found that they gave him a great energy and vitality. In the coming years, coffee was actually eaten regularly. So coffee was not always consumed via the liquid form.
8. The world’s Most Expensive Coffee comes from elephant poo. The most expensive coffee in the world is made from elephant dung, and it’s called Black Ivory coffee. It costs $50 per cup. Luwak, aka civet, coffee is made by feeding coffee beans to mongoose and then using its feces. It costs $160 per pound.