A Hug in a Mug: 10 Less Known Facts about Coffee

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Everything gets better with coffee. So, on the advent of International Coffee Day, we present to you 10 less known facts about coffee, which you surely need to know!

1.) Coffee means “wine”: Er, yeah. Coffee’s original name, “qahwah”, came from the Yemen term used for wine. In Turkey, it was called kahveh, until the Dutch referred to it as koffie, from where we get the English coffee.

2.) Just smelling coffee can help you wake up: It has scientifically been proven that simply inhaling the aroma of coffee can alter the activity of some genes in the brain, which further contributes to reducing the effects of sleep deprivation.

3.) Five attempts to ban coffee: The history has witnessed five painful attempts to ban coffee but well, the good always prevails. Coffee was first banned in Mecca as their leaders believed that it stimulated radical thinking. The 16th-century Italian clergymen also tried to ban coffee because as they considered  it to be “satanic.” Ottoman leader, Murad IV took the coffee ban to the extent that people who consumed coffee were beaten and thrown into the sea. The Swedish government announced Coffee to be illegal in 1746. Whereas, Frederick the Great of Prussia issued a manifesto in 1777 declaring beer’s superiority over coffee as he believed that it interfered with the country’s consumption of beer.

4.) Coffee is the key to heart: In the ancient Arab culture, there was only one way a woman could legally divorce her husband, and that was if he didn’t provide her enough coffee.

5.) The first webcam was to see a coffee pot: The first webcam was invented at the University of Cambridge to inform people whether the coffee pot was full or not.

6.) The world’s most expensive coffee is an animal’s poop: Well, no one’s forcing you to consume that though. Asian palm civet, a wild animal found in Indonesia can’t resist the bright red coffee cherries that abound. So, the animal eats those, and the beans pass through the civets’ systems without fully being digested. After some time, some brave coffee farmers collect the beans from the civets’ droppings, (hopefully) wash them, and sells them for over $600 per pound.

7.) The second most famous beverage of the world: After water, coffee is the second most evidently consumed beverage in the world.

8.) Wonder Drug: In Arabia and Yemen, coffee was taken only at the advice of a doctor and was initially regarded as a wonder drug.

9.) Promotes weight loss: Black coffee and green coffee prove to be of immense help for losing weight.

10.) Improves mental sharpness: It has scientifically been proven that coffee acts as a great booster for the brain. The study showed that the participants who drank 3 – 5 cups of coffee per day, had about a 65% decreased chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in life.

So, never trust anyone who doesn’t drink coffee. Happy International Coffee Day! 🙂  


About the Author:

Bhavya Gaind (SD College 32)

A stout believer of the doctrine of karma, and definitely an optimist. Bhavya suffers from a childhood syndrome, of laughing at serious situations and the same translates in her writings in the form of disastrous wit. Food, music and books are the definition of immense happiness.

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