In light of it being UK Coffee Week, we thought we’d find out some interesting facts about our favourite hot beverage (alright, second favourite) and share them with you here. Here’s what’s brewing with your java:
1. Milk was first added to coffee in the 1600s when a french doctor prescribed Cafe Au Lait to his patients.
2. Coffee beans are actually a fruit, or rather the seed found in the berries of the Coffea tree.
3. T.S. Eliot once wrote ‘I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.’
4. Luigi Bezzera patented the first coffee machine in 1901 in Milan and called it Tipo Gigante, or, ironically, ‘Giant Type’ because it was so big.
5. The fear of not having coffee is called Folgerphobia.
6. The Cappuccino is so named because it supposedly resembles the habit of Capuchin Monks.
7. Coffee was the first foodstuff ever to be freeze-dried in order to both preserve it for longer, and to make it easier to make.
8. A couple of cups of coffee every day is a good way to decrease the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
9. Between them, Brazil and Vietnam (the two biggest coffee producers in the world) supply the world with over 35,000,000 tonnes of coffee beans every year.
10. The people of Finland consume more coffee than anyone else in the world, with adults drinking on average four to five cups every day.
Do you have your own favourite facts about coffee? We’d love to hear some more so add your comments below.