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15 x useless knowledge about coffee - kaffee.org

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    Basic knowledge

  1. Death from coffee:
    Anyone who drinks around 100 cups of coffee a day is well on the way to suicide. The caffeine level in the blood would then be life-threatening. However, no fatality is known so far, which is hardly surprising in view of the amount. The coffee plant had lethal intentions from the start, however: after all, it developed caffeine solely to protect itself from insects. The alkaloid is a kind of natural insecticide.
  2. Coffee consumption in numbers:
    500 billion - that's how many cups of coffee are drunk worldwide every year. The Finns are the front runners with a per capita consumption of 13 kg of coffee powder per year. By way of comparison: we Germans use around half of this and are therefore quite good at it. Incidentally, this makes about 2300 cups per second. At the bottom of the European comparison is Turkey with just 0.5 kg. Not only that: Instead of traditional mocha, they prefer to drink instant coffee.
  3. Coffee is business:
    Coffee is the most traded raw material in the world - ahead of crude oil. The total trade value is approximately $ 100 billion. 90% of the coffee is grown in developing countries, while the top 10 consumers are exclusively industrialized countries. Of course, it is precisely those who earn the most money with imported coffee. Least of all remains for the farmers ... The coffee industry also employs around 25 million people worldwide.
  4. Say coffee bean again:
    A coffee plant is a so-called red plant with zymous inflorescences. It's so. It takes about 4 years to mature and in a year can only carry enough beans to fill a 500g pack of roast. From a botanical point of view - and this is how we see it at this point - it is not a bean, but red stone fruits, the so-called coffee cherries. Olives don't have a core either, but a stone. But enough about that.
  5. The most expensive coffee in the world:
    At around 80 euros per cup, the Indonesian Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. The fresh coffee beans are eaten by an animal similar to a weasel but belonging to the genus of wild cats called Fleckenmusang, partially digested and excreted naturally. Only then does the roasting take place. The special and definitely incomparable aroma is attributed to the digestive juices of the animals. It tastes much better there!
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    Applied knowledge

  7. "Coffee Day":
    There are actually national coffee holidays. In the USA this day is celebrated on September 29th, in Germany on September 28th, in Ireland on September 19th and in Japan on October 1st. However, it is not known why they agreed on autumn. Unfortunately, this special day is not officially recognized and therefore not an official holiday. It's a shame actually.
  8. Alternative drive in the Car-puccino:
    What have we laughed at this subtle name ... not. The consumption of this senseless vehicle concept amounted to approx. 20 kg of coffee powder per 100 km. The British journalists and engineers on the project even made it into the Guinness Book of Records. At least they are said to have only used coffee grounds for their odyssey.

  9. First webcam in the world:
    The camera surveillance of a coffee machine over the Internet is considered a real innovation in the online industry. In 1990, the webcam was developed and installed by scientists from Cambridge University in order to keep a constant eye on the filling level of the machine. As a result, they did not have to travel unnecessarily. At the end of 2001 the cam was finally switched off and later auctioned on eBay for around 4,000 euros.
  10. Starbucks naming:
    What does Greek mythology have to do with a 19th century novel? And above all: How is it that the two together make up an American coffee shop? Starbucks was the name of the helmsman in Herman Melville's novel "Moby Dick". The group wants to refer to the coffee imports from overseas. The logo is supposed to show a siren - known from Homer's Odyssey - which led seafarers to perdition with their singing. But Starbucks coffee is still pretty good - honestly!
  11. Cat coffee in the cat café:
    Sitting alone in a café is not really nice, but as an alternative to going to a cat café? This is a new trend for stressed (and lonely) city dwellers with no pets in their own homes.

    The idea originally came from Asia. Coffee house owners took care of stray cats, who ended up staying in the coffee shop around the clock. Now there are already numerous imitators in Germany, because the combination of petting zoo and café is said to have a calming effect. Fluffy cat bodies, monotonous humming and a cup of coffee - if you like it, there are offers in almost every big city.
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    background knowledge

  13. Coffee made in GDR:
    Everyone knows Jacob's coronation, but what about Erich's droning? Yes, coffee was also a luxury in the former GDR. Instead, the people were served a coffee substitute. It tasted so disgusting, however, that they preferred not to drink coffee. So you could take the coffee from them, but not the humor! The broth was quickly decried as Erich's roar.
  14. Can a coffee be a sin?
    Fanatic Christians wanted to stop the spread of "pagan" coffee. A Pope's visit to Clement VIII did not bring the desired success, because after the trial tasting he is said to have proclaimed: It is a sin to leave this drink to the unbelievers. This paved the way to Europe and sealed the triumphal march of “Arab wine”. The rest is history!
  15. "Back to the beer!"
    The slogan of Frederick the Great had a purely economic background: Germany had to import coffee for expensive money and also wanted to help the local breweries to generate more sales again. Friedrich the Great was a trained beer brewer himself, but also a passionate coffee drinker. Incidentally, today the tax authorities collect 1 billion euros in coffee taxes ...
  16. Coffee - the engine of industrialization!
    So that the workers did not work sluggishly or tiredly, in the end perhaps suffered an industrial accident or, worse still, were unproductive, the factory owners recognized relatively early on that a coffee in the morning increases productivity! What industrialization used to be, is of course capitalism today. However, we don't want to spoil your appetite with this anecdote!
  17. Makeup more important than table manners:
    In the 18th century it was common in aristocratic circles to sip coffee from a saucer. The reason: The coffee couldn't be too hot, because that let the lavishly applied make-up melt. Workers and farmers, on the other hand, spooned their coffee from deep plates. You had no make-up ... and no cups. From this point of view, the coffee service that the German soccer players received when they won the European Championship in 1989 was not a bad gift 😉

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