Thursday, 18 August 2011

Things you never knew about coffee !

I was just sitting here in the office sipping my cup of coffee and it’s such a dull and dreary day so I thought that it would be fun to write some interesting facts that I never knew about coffee:
  1. Coffee is actually a fruit. The bean is actually a seed inside a red berry.
  2.  There are two main types of coffee “beans” – Arabica and Robusta. Robusta plants are grown at low elevation and produce less flavourful coffee beans and are consumed by 30% of the world. However, Arabica plants are grown at high altitudes and produce the best tasting and highest quality coffee beans and are consumed by 70% of the world. 
  3. All coffee in the world grows in the “bean belt” i.e.  The area between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.  Hawaii is also the only state in the US that grows coffee.
  4. 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide, making it the most popular beverage.
  5. If you need a good facial scrub, you can coarsely grind some coffee beans and use them to scrub your face. They have great exfoliating properties
  6. Greasy pans can be cleaned with the left over ground beans that you used to exfoliate and scrub your face.
  7. Coffee Has Its Own Designated Holidays. In Costa Rica, it's September 12; the Irish celebrate it on September 19, and October 1 is designated as "Coffee Day" in Japan.
  8. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (the first is oil).
  9. Japan is now the third largest consumer of coffee. They even know to improve their skin, and reduce wrinkles, by bathing in coffee grounds that were fermented with pineapple pulp.
  10. Beethoven, who was a coffee lover, was so particular about his coffee that he always counted 60 beans for each cup when he prepared his coffee.   
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