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17 WEIRD FACTS ABOUT COFFEE

YOU DON’T NEED COFFEE WHEN YOU FIRST WAKE UP

Your body naturally produces a hormone called cortisol that helps you feel awake and alert.  This hormone is released according to your circadian rhythm, dictated by the time of the day.  If you have a habit of drinking coffee when you first wake up, try waiting a bit longer so that your caffeine isn’t wasted during a time when your cortisol is at its highest.

COFFEE ISN’T THAT DEHYDRATING

The caffeine in coffee was once thought to be a significant diuretic but science has now discovered that isn’t actually the case.  Unless you consume more that two cups of coffee a day (500 – 600 mg a day) the effects are not so negative.  Studies have shown that urine output is not significantly changed when a person drinks a caffeinated beverage, rather than something non-caffeinated like water.  So, enjoy your coffee in moderation.

COFFEE’S MAGICAL POWER DISCOVERED BY GOATS

Legend has it that Ethiopian goat herders first noticed the profound effects of coffee when they noticed their goats started “acting funny” after eating coffee berries.

COFFEE CAN HELP YOU LIVE LONGER AND HEALTHIER

Coffee is loaded with antioxidants.  In fact, it’s the biggest source of antioxidants in the average Western diet.  Antioxidants help the body fight chemicals called “free radicals”.   As a result, coffee drinkers are a lower risk of diseases such as Parkinson’s Disease, Type II Diabetes and Heart disease.  Unfortunately, coffee drinkers are also more likely to have unhealthy habits such as smoking cigarettes, heavy consumption of alcohol and eating excessive red meat, so the study shows what could happen if these negative factors weren’t in effect.

COFFEE CONTAINS IMPORTANT NUTRIENTS

A single cup of coffee contains 11% of the daily recommended amount of Riboflavin (vitamin B2), 6% of Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5), 3% of Manganese and Potassium, and 2% of Niacin and Magnesium.

COFFEE CAN HELP BURN FAT

Studies have shown that consuming caffeine can increase your metabolism 3-11%.  It’s one of the few chemicals that can actually help with fat burning.

ALL COFFEE IS GROWN IN THE “BEAN BELT”

The coffee bean belt contains all the regions that have the conditions needed for coffee growing.  This area extends between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.  That’s north and south of the equator for the geographically challenged.  Coffee plants require lots of warmth and sunshine, just like you do on your winter vacation.

ICED COFFEE IS MORE EXPENSIVE AND USES MORE RESOURCES

From plastic cups to napkins to double brewing (re-brewing coffee a second time to make it stronger), the resources needed for iced coffee are more numerous, and expensive, than hot coffee.  That’s why establishments charge more for their iced drinks than their hot counterparts.

CAFFEINE IS ACTUALLY CRYSTALS

The buzz you feel after drinking coffee is actually from ingesting tiny 0.0016 inch crystals of caffeine.  So small yet so energizing.

COFFEE STARTS AS A RED BERRY

The coffee berry starts out green and turns red when ripe.  Each berry is picked by hand.  Each berry contains to coffee seeds or beans.

CAFFEINE WORKS QUICKLY

It only takes 10 minutes to start feeling the effects of caffeine after you take a sip of coffee.

COFFEE CAN PREVENT ALZHEIMER’S AND DEMENTIA

Several studies have shown that coffee drinkers are up to 65% less likely to get Alzheimer’s Disease, which is a leading cause of dementia.

WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE COFFEE MADE FROM POOP

Black Ivory is the most expensive coffee in the world.  It is made from elephant poop.  It costs about $50 per cup.  The second most expensive Luwak, also known as civet, coffee is made by feeding coffee beans to the civet cat and then using its feces.  It costs $160 per pound.

COFFEE IS GOOD FOR YOUR LIVER

People who drink 4 cups of coffee a day are 80% less likely to develop cirrhosis, a condition that develops from several diseases affecting the liver.

WORLD’S FIRST WEBCAM WAS MADE FOR COFFEE

in 1991 a group of Cambridge University scientists set up a camera to monitor their coffee pot so they would be able to see if the pot was empty before making the trip.

COFFEE HOUSES WERE BANNED IN ENGLAND

In 1675 King Charles II banned coffee shops because he thought people were meeting there to plot against him.

COFFEE ENHANCES YOUR WORKOUT

Caffeine increases your levels of adrenaline, and releases fatty acids from fat tissues, leading to a better physical performance by those who consume caffeine about 30 minutes before a workout.