Definition: a hot, brewed beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground bean-like seeds of a coffee plant.
Country of origin: Ethiopia
Colors available: Dark brown, beige, light brown, black.
Legend has it that the magical powers of coffee were first discovered by Ethiopian shepherds on fine day when it came to their notice that their goats, after munching on the wild coffee berries, become friskier, displayed higher levels of energy and started ‘dancing’. Perhaps that was the day that man realized his inner craving to emulate goats as well (after centuries of emulating the monkey), for no sooner that the shepherd Kaldi observed his herd’s friskier behaviour that he proceeded to try a taste himself. Much to his delight (I presume), he felt a rush of energy quite unlike any he had ever experienced before.
Little did Kaldi know that millions of years down the road, this sensation would be craved by billions and trillions of people all over the world. And here we are now, centuries and centuries later, celebrating the first ever International Coffee Day today – 1st October, 2015.
Originally, though, coffee was eaten rather than drunk, Africans mixed coffee berries with fat which formed edible energy balls! Yes, energy-boosters existed even before RedBull.
Quick tip: if you like your espresso coffee sweet, you are better off using granulated sugar, which dissolves more quickly, rather than sugar cubes; white sugar rather than brown sugar or candy; and real sugar rather than sweeteners, all of which alter the taste of the coffee. And you don’t want that happening, do you?
Here’s a little fun fact about Turkish husbands of olden times (ladies, take note!): Turkish bridegrooms were once required to make a promise during their wedding ceremonies to always provide their new wives with coffee – failure to do so was fair grounds for divorce! As if our men needed one more reason to hate these gorgeous Turkish men, heheh.
How much are you willing to splurge on a pound of coffee, though? Did you say $600? Think again. The most expensive coffee in the world costs $600 per pound and comes from the faeces of a Sumartan wild cat called Luwak. Nope, not joking. Apparently, the cat has trouble digesting the coffee beans. So when it eats the beans, they are fermented in the process during the process of digestion. Upon excretion, the beans provide smooth, chocolaty coffee. Yum.
Drink about a hundred cups of coffee (literally!) and you have lethal dose of caffeine in your system. The yummiest way to commit suicide if there ever was any.
But if you want to live a longer healthier life, then coffee is the way to go. Researchers have found that older patients with higher levels of caffeine in their blood were more likely to avoid Alzheimer’s. Studies have also shown that caffeine has positive effects on type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. It has also been shown to protect against skin cancer in women. Studies have also shown that drinking caffeine can increase your metabolism 3 to 11%. It’s one of the few chemicals that can actually help with fat burning. Yay, coffee!
Are you skeptical regarding the popularity and massive fan following that coffee has amassed? Check this out: coffee is the second most traded commodity in the whole world. Want to know the first most traded commodity? It’s oil. I kid you not. Right after securing their economies, the countries worry about their stock levels of…coffee.
Coffee addicts go to all lengths to express their views regarding their drug. Here are a few such sentiments: