Top Five Interesting Facts About Coffee

I’ve compiled a list of interesting facts about coffee because coffee is a super fascinating industry and drink.

Interesting facts about coffee

Well it’s no secret I’m a fan of coffee. A pretty loyal fan. But I’m not one of those coffee drinkers. You know who I mean.

Me? I drink mine plain Jane black and as regular as I can have it. If I go to a fancy coffee shop (at someone else’s suggestion of course) I generally won’t go much further than an Americano. I know, right? So I’m a bit of a simpleton but I’m happy so why bother with flavours and milk and sugar and the like?

Recently, some acquaintances started up their own coffee roasting company and are quite passionate about the whole endeavour. And I think it’s pretty neat too. Every now and then I even get to sample their “hybrid” roasts—usually a mixture of different beans coming from different parts of Latin America.

To be honest? I can’t really tell the difference between the KINDS of beans I’m drinking. But I sure can tell when they’re roasted right.

Being in a position of light observation I’ve learned five very interesting facts about coffee, which I’d like to share with you. The bonus fact being coffee beans are green before they’re roasted.

Top Five Interesting Facts About Coffee

  1. Before coffee is a pre-roasted green bean it is a red berry. That’s right. And it grows on trees. You have to pick the red berries, then dry them out and strip them until they’re a green bean. Maybe it’s like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly. Maybe.
  2. Beans are roasted at 500 degrees Fahrenheit. After about 10 minutes you start to smell the coffee aroma and after they pop twice they’re ready
  3. Espresso is not a bean. It’s a roast (did that totally blow your mind?)
  4. Although there are over 50 types of coffee only two really make it into mass consumption: Arabica and Robusta
  5. The lighter the roast, the more caffeine. I knew this before but I still think this is the most interesting thing about coffee that I’ve ever learned. I can’t remember when or where I picked this up but sometimes I feel like I’m the only one who knows this. But that can’t be right. I’m not alone, am I?

As well I’m going to experiment with my coffee grounds as I’m starting to learn about what a wonderful fertilizer and slug-deterrent they can be. Already I have a bucket of grounds soaking in a 5kg pail of water and will soon test it on my giant deck tomatoes. And once that task is complete I’ll mix some sugar in the concoction and see if it will really bring my poor sick tree back to life like it’s supposed to. We’ll see.

I've compiled a list of interesting facts about coffee because coffee is a super fascinating industry and drink. Also I'm a big fan. A super loyal fan too.

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But First, Coffee. Off to a Bad Start

You know that saying “but first, coffee?” Well this is where it originated.

But First, Coffee

My morning has left me a bit traumatized. Most if it is my own fault, I realize, but I’m disturbed nonetheless.

The reason? Subway.

I saw a sign saying “free coffee” so I went in, like a sucker. Then I saw a sign saying “breakfast,” so like the silly girl I am, I ordered a sausage and egg muffin. Except I might not have said muffin. I can’t remember, because I was so confused by the menu. It was on the other side of the restaurant, and, in my coffee-deprived state, I couldn’t really read the details.

But first, coffee

Well, I should have guessed things were going downhill when the sandwich artist asked me what sort of bread I wanted. I looked up, confused, but chose wheat.

By the time I needed to pay, the cost was exorbitant. I actually couldn’t pay for my meal. The price I saw was $2.49, but the price on the till was twice as much. I thought at first she had charged me $2.50 for my free coffee, which seemed extreme, so I asked if I had read the sign wrong.

“No. Your breakfast sandwich costs $5.”

“What? But I’m reading $2.49. I can’t afford $5. I don’t have $5. I have to leave.”

And, I turned to go. There was 100 per cent no way I was using my credit card for what began as free coffee.

“You told me what sort of bread you wanted. You said wheat. That’s the $5 breakfast sandwich.”

And that’s when I decided I wasn’t wrong, but I had been swindled. Looking at the menu more carefully (for I was now at the other side of the restaurant), I saw there were two sandwiches called “sausage and egg” with two very different prices beside them. I was not asked which one I was choosing, the cheap one or the ridiculously expensive one, and therefore, felt justly right in my refusal to use my credit card for a sandwich I didn’t even want.

The sandwich artist told me to take the sandwich because she’d just have to throw it away anyway. I don’t know if I was really right or not, but I emptied out my change purse and gave her all I had, which was about $2.73.

And don’t worry, I made sure to get my free coffee.

You know that saying "but first, coffee?" Well this is where it originated.

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