FOR 600 YEARS
FACTS ABOUT COFFEE
- If the coffee beans have been thoroughly ground and prepared with boiling water, this is known as “Turkish Coffee”. Today it is still made in this way in Turkey and Greece or wherever Turkish Coffee is served.
- Flavored oils that are used for making flavored coffee are added to the coffee beans immediately following the roasting process.
- Frederick the Great used to take his coffee with champagne and a little mustard.
- “Hard Bean” refers to coffee that is grown at over 1,500 meters above sea level.
- Ice coffee has been popular in Japan since 1945.
- Espresso is such a basic need in daily life in Italy that the government sets the price.
- Shops that sell coffee in Japan are called “Kissaten”.
- Arabs started to plant coffee in the 14th Century. The first trade coffee in Arab territory was planted and harvested near the port of Yemen.
- In 1763, there were more than 200 coffee shops in Venice.
- Of all the coffee flavorings Irish cream and hazelnut are among the most popular.
- An extremely high dose of coffee could cause death. One hundred cups in four hours can kill the average human being.
- 90o C water is used in most modern coffee-making methods.
- October 1 is official Coffee Day in Japan.
- Coffee beans that are being roasted too long can easily catch fire.
- 2000 ripened, hand-picked Arabica coffee fruits are normally needed to make approximately 450 grams of roasted coffee. Since there are two beans in every fruit, 4000 coffee beans are needed to make 450 grams of roasted coffee.
- Arabica is an original coffee plant. In Ethiopia it still grows in the wild. The Arabica coffee tree does not drop its leaves and wild trees can grow 4-6.10 meters high.
- It is generally accepted that the Arabs were the first to make coffee.
- The small quasi-fluid oily particles in coffee, which give coffee its aroma, are the source for making coffee essence or coffee oil.
- People in Italy whose job is coffee preparation are on average 48 years of age. This is a highly respected job in Italy.
- An American adult consumes an average of 100 liters of coffee annually, in other words, over 400 cups.
- In 1908, the coffee filter was invented by a German housewife named Melitta Benz who used a can covered with blotting paper to filter the ground coffee.
- One coffee bean will bear its first harvest in about 5 years. After that it will produce continuously for the next 15-20 years.
- Europeans first put chocolate in their coffee during the 1600s.
- The Arabs, who are the first coffee drinkers, flavor their coffee with spices added while the coffee is on the fire.
- The first commercial espresso machine was manufactured in Italy in 1906.
- The first café in Paris to serve coffee opened in 1689.
- It is said that French philosopher Voltaire drank 50 cups of coffee per day.
- Most of the coffees prepared for consumers are from mixtures of many different coffee varieties.
- The word 'Capuccino' stems from several versions of it that originated in the 16th Century. The Capuchin monastic order that emerged after 1525 played an important role in steering Reformist Europe back to Catholicism. The Italian name is derived from the long three-pointed hoods, or “capuccino”, of the traditional robes of the order. The French word “capuccin” comes from the English word “capuchin”. In Italian, capuccino means an espresso made with milk and cream or with milk or cream added to it; this is because the color resembles that of the Capuchins’ traditional dress. The first use of “capuccino” in English was recorded in a document about San Francisco. It is also said that the points on the mound of thick foam on top of the coffee recalls the monks’ traditional hoods.
- The English are sophisticated people in most ways – except for their preferences in coffee. They still pour boiling water onto the instant coffee and drink it.