Things you didn’t know about the nectar of the gods…

In case you are confused, I’m talking about coffee. That glorious, dark, rich liquid that wakes us in the morning, picks us up in the afternoon and seemingly kicks our brains into high gear at any time. At least, for writers…

Did you know that…

  • According the the USDA (from 2016-2017) worldwide demand for coffee is expected to be 156 million bags. Which is about 10 million tons of coffee beans. No shock but most of that coffee consumption will be in Europe and the US. Like, how many barristas does it take to make that much coffee?
  • Brazil is actually the coffee capital of the world, Viet Nam is #2, and Columbia is #3 – who’d a thunk? Sorry Juan Valdez but the truth hurts.
  • According to historians, coffee showed up in Ethiopia, circa 850 A.D. However, it took a little time to catch on – it wasn’t until 1100 that the black gold was popularized in Asia. However, it wasn’t until 1515, that Europe got a taste of this magical nectar.
  • Attention barristas – the first ever café opened in Constantinople in 1475. I wonder how you say latte in turkish? By 1675, England had over 3,000 cafes offering our beloved café au lait.
  • There are two types of coffee plants harvested for coffee production: Arabica and Robusta. The Arabica plant originated in the Middle East and the Robusta from the Congo. Arabica beans are known for their premium quality and 75% of the world’s commercially produced coffee comes from them. On the other hand, Robusta coffee beans are hardier than Arabicas AND contain 50% more caffeine.
  • Throughout history, coffee was officially banned three times. The first time in Mecca in the 16th century, though no one seems to know why. The second in England when Charles II banned the drink and coffee houses because he suspected coffeehouses offered a perfect opportunity for plotting sedition and treason among the population. The third time took place in Germany in 1677. Frederick the Great prohibited his people to drink coffee because he was worried about money leaving his country for imported goods rather than being spent on his own country’s goods, such as beer and ale. Ironically, despite his ban, he continued drinking coffee himself.
  • Coffee grinds are a fabulous and cheap fertilizer for your garden. Coffee grinds are rich in nitrogen, an element that all plants need to grow and especially seedlings and young plants. Many Starbucks still offer home gardeners bags of used coffee grounds free just for the asking.
  • Coffee grounds are also helpful in repelling snails and other hard-shell insects from your garden – they hate the taste.
  • World famous spas offer coffee grind wraps, facials, and skin treatments to reduce the look of cellulite, loss of skin elasticity, and under eye bags – and to promote improved skin firmness.
  • Coffee grounds can also be used as an all natural dye or stain for fabric or wood.
  • Coffee grounds also make an excellent drink that can be consumed hot or cold with milk or without – and even the beans can be covered in chocolate and eaten.

What’s your favorite use for coffee? Have any secret recipes or tips on coffee? Feel free to share them in the comments below.

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6 thoughts on “Things you didn’t know about the nectar of the gods…

    1. I have definitely cut down my coffee consumption over the years. Although, I like to think my appreciation for good coffee has increased. Still, it seems, no matter what, I need my two cups in the morning or life just isn’t as bright and wonderful. 😉 What kind of tea? Ever tried Morning Thunder?
      Annie

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  1. Your post made me think about a scrub I had a look at in the supermarket this afternoon. I said coffee so I went straight in for a whiff, but ew. I love coffee (LOVE), but it’s like a sedative for me so I don’t drink it. But every chance I get, I stick my face in a pot and inhale because that smell is just delicious.

    Interesting tidbits. Coffee has had a colourful history.

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    1. Hi Samantha,
      Yup coffee does have an interesting history. Have you read about that super expensive coffee that comes from fishing the beans out of cougar scat? Or something like that? I love the smell of coffee too – in fact, sometimes I like the smell better than the taste. Wow, not many people could use coffee as a sleepy time drink. 😉

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  2. I love coffee not only do I get a mild energy boost (not as much as others, but it does chase away the moring brain fog.) but it mellows me out a little. the same for my son if he’s having a hard time during the day I let him take a few gulps. Works wonders, he mellows right out. Lovely stuff. And yes the smell, why isn’t there a coffee scented candle yet?

    Now energy drinks, they are just unfair (Baw hah ha-ha-ha) one of those and I’m up until 4 am and cranking out the chapters. They might be a little messy but at least they are there.

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    1. Hi Robin,
      Isn’t it funny how coffee can be so relaxing and yet like you say those energy drinks can keep you awake for days? What’s up with that? I wonder if it’s some special chemical they put in the energy drinks.

      I’ve found coffee scented candles but they never really replicate the true aroma of coffee – too bad, eh?

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