So, you love coffee. You can’t imagine your life without it. In fact, if it was possible to inject coffee into your bloodstream, you’d be the first one to sign up for it. You know every bean, every major brand, and just the perfect cup of brew to get you through your day. However, there are a lot of unknown facts about coffee that might surprise even a devoted coffee lover like you. Can you answer these questions about coffee and claim your place among the world’s best coffee lovers? Read on to start the quiz!
True or False: Coffee was originally chewed?
While it may be odd to think about, coffee was actually chewed before it was sipped. So, if you answered true, you’re right! According to historical accounts, Africans first started chewing coffee. They would collect numerous berries and grind them up. Along with the berries, they also tossed in some animal fat. Once everything was ground together, they’d roll them into bite-sized treats that they could chew and eat. It’d offer them a burst of energy to get through the day.
Oddly enough, it wasn’t until 1000 BCE that coffee became the beverage that you know today. Even then, it was designed as a special wine rather than a necessary drink to get you up in the morning.
Which country banned coffee in 1746?
Can you imagine living in a country that banned the drinking of coffee? Well, in 1746, Sweden did just that. In fact, it wasn’t the only country that thought about banning it. Coffee was often attributed to energized thought. That thought sometimes led to radical ideas. Back in the 1700s, when revolutions were breaking out everywhere, governments were doing everything they could to limit the chances of the people rebelling. Culling rebellious thought was a natural part of that. So, coffee was taken off of the menu.
Sweden even took it a few steps further and also banned coffee paraphernalia. This included cups and saucers. If a country tried to ban coffee today, it would likely end up starting a revolution instead of preventing one.
How old is instant coffee?
It might surprise you to know that instant coffee is actually around 250 years old. For two centuries, coffee lovers have been enjoying an immediate cup of coffee. It also goes to show just how impatient everyone is for their cup in the morning, and we don’t blame them. In fact, instant coffee was first designed in England in the year 1771. While the process would continue to become innovated over the years, it wasn’t until 1910 in the United States that the process became mass-produced. It was patented in that year, too. It wasn’t until the 1960s that freeze-dried coffee made an appearance.
For many, freeze-dried coffee is their go-to when it comes to coffee. Yet, none of it would have been impossible without the first instant coffee being created almost 250 years ago.
What country drinks the most coffee?
You may immediately think that it’s America, but you’d be wrong! In fact, America only comes in at 25th place in the overall quantity of coffee beverages consumed. That’s pretty surprising considering there seems to be a coffee joint on almost every street. In fact, the country that drinks the most coffee is actually Finland! While the country doesn’t produce coffee beans, they do drink three times as much coffee as the average American.
Most of the countries in the Netherlands area drinks more coffee than Americans. The other countries, Norway, Iceland, Denmark, and the Netherlands all rank after Finland for most coffee consumed in a year. Come on, America, you can do better!
What animal is actually used in the process of making the world’s most expensive coffee?
No one may like to think that their coffee has anything to do with an animal, but the world’s most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak, actually uses the Asian Palm Civet during the process of making their coffee. Civets, an animal like a weasel, happen to love coffee cherries. They love the color and eat them regularly. However, they can’t digest the coffee beans that exist in the cherries.
When they defecate, those beans are still in their stools fully intact. For some reason, a coffee farmer thought he might wash the beans off and brew a cup with them. It turned out that he received the most flavorful and delicious cup of coffee that he’s ever tasted. Now everyone can enjoy a cup of coffee with beans that have been collected from an animal’s poop. Oh, and let’s not forget the price either. A pound of Kopi Luwak will cost you a good $600. Perhaps your tried and true brew will do.
Alright, so how did you do? Pretty tough, right? All that thinking probably has you ready for a coffee, so stop by Black & Brew for a little pick me up or place an order online, now!