Have you ever swam in a pool of coffee? Can you simply not start the day off without a cup of the good stuff? Well since it’s #NationalCoffeeDay, we thought we’d surprise you with a fact or two about your favourite brew!
1. Did you know that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily across the world?
Wow – that’s a lot of coffee!
2. Europeans originally called coffee ‘Arabian wine’
Due to the linguistic history of what eventually became ‘coffee’, Europeans first referred to the drink as Arabian wine. The word coffee originally came from the Arabic ‘qahhwat al-bun’ or ‘wine of the bean’. That phrase turned into ‘qahwah’, which became ‘kahveh’ in Turkey and eventually became ‘koffie’ in Dutch and ‘caffe’ in Italy.
3. Indonesia’s Kopi Luwak or civet coffee is the world’s most expensive coffee
This is mainly due to the uncommon method of production – the coffee beans have been digested and excreted by a particular Indonesian cat-like animal called the civet cat.
4. You can swim in coffee at a spa in Japan.
The Yunessun spa resort in Hakone, Japan has specialty spas that allow customers to bathe in variously delightful liquids – such as wine, chocolate, green tea, sake and coffee. For an admission price of just 2,800 Yen – about £20 – bathers can have coffee poured on them and then stroll over to the newly opened ramen bath to swim among the noodles.
5. Brazil is the world’s leading producer of coffee, with more than four billion coffee trees
It produces around 33% of the world’s coffee today – cruise to Rio, anyone?
6. Legend has it that coffee was discovered by a goat herder
The most widely accepted myth is of an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi who noticed his animals acting jittery after eating ripe coffee beans.
7. If you’re a cat lover, there’s a ‘cat cafe’ in Korea and Japan where you can drink coffee and hangout with cats for hours.
8. Coffee is the world’s most consumed beverage – after water.
No surprises there then… if we could live off just coffee, we would!
9. The original New York Stock Exchange was a coffee house on Wall Street.
Powerbrokers of the day met in a room in the Tontine Coffeehouse to buy, sell and trade. Maybe that’s why Starbuck’s shares are so high…
10. A coffee plant can live up to 200 years
When they’re sprouting, the top of the plant looks like an adorable little seed, which eventually grows into a bushy plant that can live for two centuries.
11. It used to be a custom in Turkey that if a husband didn’t provide his wife coffee, it was grounds for a divorce
Tell your other half about this one if they don’t get the hint, ha ha!
12. Coffee actually has more flavours than wine
Some sources put the number of coffee aromatic characteristics as high as 1,500, compared to the 200 found in wine.
13. Poor manners means dearer coffee in some places
In one coffee shop in France, not saying ‘hello’ and ‘please’ makes your coffee more expensive – remember your ‘please’ and ‘thank you’s’ everyone!
Where have you had your best coffee fix? Do you have a favourite cruise line coffee shop? Let us know in the comments!
14.Starbucks is themed after ‘Moby Dick’
It’s not surprising that such an intellectual group would have an affinity for classics like Moby Dick. In fact, Starbucks was nearly called Pequod, the name of the whaling ship in Moby Dick. Thankfully, one of the partners rejected the name. Instead, they went with Starbucks, the name of Pequod’s first mate.
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