Six more or less useful facts about coffee

Six more or less useful facts about coffee

Which country does coffee originate from? And is coffee really a fruit? Here are six facts about coffee that you can show off the next time you get into a coffee conversation.

Is coffee good for your health?

Researchers largely agree that a moderate intake of coffee can have a positive effect on health. A moderate intake is considered to be around 500-600 mg of caffeine per day, which corresponds to about 6-7 cups.

Within these limits, coffee has been shown to increase concentration and physical endurance. On the other hand, coffee can lead to high cholesterol if not filtered.

Who drinks the most coffee in the world?

We Norwegians are at the top of the world in terms of average annual coffee consumption, behind only Finland. On average, a Norwegian drinks 9.9 kg of coffee a year. A Finn drinks 12 kg, a Dane 8.7 kg and a Swede 8.2 kg.

Where does coffee come from?

The first sip of coffee is said to have been drunk in Ethiopia around 1,500 years ago. A goat farmer named Kaldi noticed that his goats were so full of energy and discovered that this was due to the consumption of some red berries from the bushes in the area. The farmer became curious and then took these berries to a monk. The monk mixed the berries in hot water and consumed the drink. The result was an invigorated monk full of energy, and thus coffee, as the hot drink we know today, was a fact.

Which type of coffee bean is most common?

We usually distinguish between three main types of coffee: Arabica, Robusta and Liberica. Of these, Arabica is by far the most widespread and accounts for 75-80 percent of all coffee in the world. Robusta is the clear runner-up, while Liberica only covers around one percent of the total market.

Is coffee one of the world's biggest commodities?

Coffee is considered to be the world's second largest commodity, after oil. Coffee is produced in around 70 different countries and the industry employs close to 100 million people.

Is coffee a fruit?

Coffee beans come from the fruits of the coffee plant, an evergreen tree found in tropical and subtropical regions. The trees can grow up to 12 meters high, and red drupes grow on the branches. Inside each of these stone fruits are usually two and two seeds, which are what we call coffee beans. In other words, we can say that coffee is a fruit, even though it is actually a seed inside a fruit.

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