Surprising Facts About Coffee You Probably Didn’t Know
Coffee is a widely available drink thanks in no small part to the coffee chain known as Starbucks. Even if you are a regular drinker of the energy-boosting beverage, how much do you actually know about it? There is more to coffee than the bean crushed in order to make it.
Here are a couple of things you probably didn’t know about coffee:
1. Coffee is Good for You
As with everything else, coffee should be consumed in moderation. But as long as you keep that in mind, you can benefit from the health benefits it can grace you with. A great source of antioxidants, it can help to curb heart disease, cancer, and slow premature aging.
People who drink coffee on a regular basis are 40% less likely to develop liver cancer, 11% less likely to suffer heart failure, and are 42% less likely to develop Type II Diabetes.
In those who suffer from liver cirrhosis, it can increase liver function and reduce death associated with cirrhosis by as much as 66%.
Coffee has even been shown to reduce the symptoms in individuals affected by the Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.
2. A Valuable Item
If it wasn’t for the crude oil that eventually becomes gasoline, coffee would be the highest traded commodity on Earth. Europe and the United States, of course, are coffee’s biggest consumers.
More than 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed by the world’s population daily. It was originally developed as no more than a cash crop grown on large plantations.
It has become a more family-oriented coffee farm, but hard work is still required.
In total, there are about 11 million hectares of farmland dedicated to coffee production, and there are about 25 million people who farm coffee or work with it in some form.
3. Coffee Comes from Berries (It’s Fruit Juice!)
We often hear talk about coffee beans and how they are pressed to make the best-tasting coffee. Coffee beans are not beans in the traditional sense and likely got their name because of their shape.
The coffee “beans” actually comes from the berries often referred to as “coffee cherries” that grow on small trees. That’s right, we actually refine the juice of fruit to the point where it can keep us wired for hours.
The next time someone tells you that you need more fruit juice, let them know your morning cup of coffee is enough fruit juice for the day.
4. Coffee is Grown in Bean Belt
The Bean Belt is in reference to the region that lies between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, which seems to be the only place in the world where coffee can grow, thanks to the Goldilocks zone of climates.
Sure that seems a little restricting, but don’t worry. There are about 50 countries that are within that area that can grow caffeine. But they then also have to worry about things like soil quality and elevation.
5. Coffee Helps Productivity
There are studies to support that, despite popular belief, regular coffee consumers are actually more relaxed and interested in the work they are doing. The caffeine can help you stay alert, improving job performance and lifting up your mood.
It’s also a good study tool to aid in being more attentive and wakeful, leading to an easier time learning new material.
6. Need a Boost Before The Game?
It is no surprise that steroids are completely illegal in any kind of competitive sport. But, coffee is just a drink and how can it be any different from having yourself a cup of Gatorade before a game?
Have a cup of your favorite coffee before the game to improve your endurance and increase your heart rate. It will also help you feel less pain as you go through the motions of the game.
Coffee is absorbed quickly by the body and the effects can occur as soon as 45 minutes after consumption.
7. Brazil Produces The Most
Brazil is the powerhouse of the coffee industry, producing the majority of the world’s circulating product. It’s been at the ‘top of the game’ for the last 150 years. Vietnam and Columbia come in at a close second, but the South American country puts out more product that the other two countries combined.
Brazil is also one of the few places where farmers grow both Arabica and Robusta beans.