Some Fun Facts About Coffee
I love the stuff and decided to say something about it so here goes, If you like espresso coffee sweet, you should use granulated sugar, which dissolves quicker, white sugar rather than brown sugar and real sugar rather than sweeteners which seriously alters the taste of the coffee...
- Coffee In A Sock
- This Black Drink Replaced Communion Wine
- Coffee Brings Back Catholicism To Europe
- Coffee The Color Of A Habit
- Green Dragon or Green Lion Public Houses.
- They "Crack" Twice
- Some Different Ways That Coffee Is Drank Throughout The World.
- The Union Fought On Java
- 5 Cups Of Java Gets You Banned!
- Kopi Luwak Coffee $420 Per Pound!
Coffee In A Sock
"Cowboy coffee"? It was said, they made their coffee by putting ground coffee into a clean sock and immersing it in cold water and then heating it over a campfire. When ready, they would pour it into tin cups and drink it.
This Black Drink Replaced Communion Wine
The word "coffee" was at one time a term for wine, but was later used to describe a black drink made from berries of the coffee tree. This black drink replaced wine in many religious ceremonies because it kept the Mohammedans awake and alert during their nightly prayers, so they honored it with the name they had originally given to wine.
Coffee Brings Back Catholicism To Europe
The word "cappuccino" is the result of several derivations, the original of which began in the 16th century. The Capuchin order of friars, established after 1525, played an important role in bringing Catholicism back to Reformation Europe. It's Italian name came from the long pointed cowl, or cappuccino, derived from cappuccino "hood" that was worn as part of order's habit. The French version of cappuccino was Capuchin, from which came English Capuchin. In Italian, cappuccino went on to describe espresso coffee mixed or topped with steamed milk or cream.
Coffee The Color Of A Habit
So called because the color of the coffee resembled the color of the habit of a Capuchin friar. The first use of cappuccino in English is recorded in 1948 in a work about San Francisco. There is also the story line that says that the term comes from the fact that the coffee is dark, like the monk's robe, and the cap is likened to the colour of the monk's head.
Green Dragon or Green Lion Public Houses.
Both the American Revolution and the infamous French Revolution were born in coffee houses.The American Revolution grew from roots planted by patriots in the "Green Dragon" or "Green Lion" Public House in the Lloyd's District in London. It became extremely popular among women who would gather in these Public Houses for the express purpose of drinking huge quantities of coffee.
The infamous French Revolution happened in 1789 when the, partisans spurred on by "Camille Desmoulin's" verbal campaign, took to the streets and two days later the Bastille fell, marking the overthrow of the French Government an in the process, changing France for ever.
They "Crack" Twice
When the beans reach the temperature of 400F during the roasting process, they "crack" The beans develop oils in a process called pyrolysis. The outer part of the beans darken. When the beans "crack" a second time, the hot beans are then dumped from the roaster and instantly cooled, usually with cold air. During the process of roasting coffee beans, coffee oil gathers in pockets throughout the bean. This substance is forced out to the surface of the beans of darker roasts, as moisture is lost. Hence the beans' oily appearance.
Some Different Ways That Coffee Is Drank Throughout The World.
* The Italians: the unrivaled masters of espresso, drink theirs with sugar.
* The Germans: prefer their coffee with equal parts of hot chocolate.
* The Swiss: like to add hot chocolate to theirs as well.
* The Belgians: prefer copious amounts of hot chocolate in theirs.
* The Austrians: love rich and fluffy, whipped cream in their coffee.
* The Mexicans: like to add cinnamon to their coffee.
* The Moroccans: enjoy their coffee with crushed peppercorns.
* The Ethiopians: Just love to add a pinch of sea salt to their coffee.
* The Egyptians: drink only the purest and strongest coffee available.
* The Bedouins: serve their coffee with ginger or cardamon
* Coffee drinkers in the Middle East add cardamon to their coffee.
The Union Fought On Java
"During the American Civil War, the Union soldiers were issued 8 pounds of ground roasted coffee as part of their personal ration of 100 pounds of food. They were also offered another choice consisting of 10 pounds of green coffee beans."
Turkish bridegrooms were at one time required to make a solemn promise during their wedding ceremonies to always provide their new wives with coffee. If for any reason they failed, it was sufficient grounds for divorce!
5 Cups Of Java Gets You Banned!
n special studies conducted about the human body, revealed, it will usually absorb about 300 milligrams of caffeine at any given time. This is about 4 normal cups. Additional amounts are just dumped by the system and do not provide any further stimulation. Also, the human body dissipates 20% of the caffeine in the system each hour.
Caffeine is on the International Olympic Committee list of banned substances. Athletes who test positive for more than 12 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of urine may be banned from the games. This level may be reached after drinking about 5 cups of coffee.
Kopi Luwak Coffee $420 Per Pound!
* NOTE:Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. It sells for $420 per pound—or $10 for a 10 oz. brewed cup.
"Kopi Luwak is very different from that cheap, gauche coffee you and I drink every day This is because each hand-harvested bean of Kopi Luwak has been artisan-ally shat out of the digestive system of a small Indonesian pseudo-cat."
Authors note:This article is dedicated to my daughter who "invented" coffee drinking.
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