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3 Fun Facts About Coffee

Monday, January 19, 2015

Coffee is one of the world's most popular beverages.

Indeed, the vast majority of homes, offices and high streets up and down the UK are littered with mugs and cups of different shapes and sizes, all brimming over with this delicious steaming hot brew.

But out of the millions of you who contentedly slurp their way through cuppa after cuppa every day, how many of you are aware of some of the facts behind this popular caffeinated beverage?

Coffee has a colourful history, full of fun, interesting and sometimes very weird facts.

The following three are some of our favourites.


One Of The World's Most Expensive Cuppas

One of the most expensive coffees in the world is called Black Ivory Coffee - and it is made from...wait for it... elephant dung!

Black Ivory Coffee (which costs around $1,100 per kilogram) is made by the Black Ivory Coffee Company Ltd in Northern Thailand from Arabica coffee beans consumed by elephants and collected from their poop!

The taste, which is apparently "very smooth without the bitterness of regular coffee", is influenced by elephant's digestive enzymes which break down the coffee's protein.

It retails for the price of $50 a cup - although availability is very limited!

Coffee Shops Outlawed By The King Of England

...well, almost.

In the seventeenth century, King Charles II of England made an attempt to outlaw all of the coffee shops in the land - despite the fact that the earned a considerable revenue from there existence.

He condemned them as places where "the disaffected met, and spread scandalous reports concerning the conduct of his Majesty and his Ministers."

However, there was such a unanimous outcry against this decision - such was the public's love for coffee even back then - that the king was forced to withdraw his proposal.

Coffee Was Originally Eaten

Although in the modern world coffee is associated with being a beverage, it wasn't always so.

Years ago, soon after the energising effects of coffee were discovered by an Ethiopian goat herder (so the story goes), coffee was eaten.

African tribes would mix the coffee berries with fat and create energy balls that they would eat once or twice a day, when they needed a boost of energy.

It was only later years that ground - and subsequently brewed - coffee became the preferred method of consuming.

Over to you

So, there we have it, three fun facts about coffee.

How many of these did you know already?

Are there any notable facts that we have missed off the list?

Get in touch with us here at the Cafe2U Blog - we love hearing from our blog readers and customers!

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