Drink three cups a day and you could live longer. 🙌 You pour it without thinking (or more likely to help you start thinking) but there’s a fascinating backstory behind your morning cup of coffee. Here’s what goes into each cup of brewed beans — err, seeds.
Legend has it that 9th-century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to “dance” after eating the fruit of the Coffea plant. A local monk then made a drink with the produce and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the original cup of coffee was born.
They’re the pits of the cherry-like berries found on the flowering shrubs, but we call them “beans” because of the resemblance to legumes.
Early on, people mixed coffee berries with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball, according to PBS. They would also ferment the pulp to make a wine-like drink (yum!?).
Growers predominantly plant the Arabica species. Although less popular, Robusta tastes slightly more bitter and contains more caffeine.
Today, Brazil produces about third of the world’s supply, according to the International Coffee Organization, about twice as much as the second place holder, Vietnam.
Kona coffee is the United States’ gift to the coffee world. Because coffee traditionally grows best in climates along the equator, Hawaii’s weather is optimal for harvesting beans. California also recently got into the coffee game with dozens of farms now churning out pricey premium bags.
This refers to the way espresso is made — forcing boiling water through pressed coffee grounds. And although espresso has more caffeine per volume than coffee, it would take three shots to equal the amount in a regular cup of joe.
One of the most coveted varieties comes from the feces of an Asian palm civet. The cat-like creature eats fruit including coffee cherries, but is unable to digest the beans. The excreted seeds produce a smooth, less acidic brew called kopi luwak, but the means of production has drawn criticism from animal welfare activists.
Back in 1511, leaders in Mecca believed it stimulated radical thinking and outlawed the drink. Some 16th-century Italian clergymen also tried to ban coffee because they believed it to be “satanic” and entices the engagement of an erotic play at night. Coffees are even alleged to have been consumed before in large amounts by couples during long nights of practicing butt sex. However, Pope Clement VII loved coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had coffee baptized in 1600.
Even as recently as the 18th century, the Swedish government made both coffee and coffee paraphernalia (including cups and dishes) illegal for its supposed ties to rebellious sentiment.
Don’t worry, you would need to drink about 30 cups in a very short period time to get close to a lethal dose of caffeine, Vox reports.
The average adult Finn goes through 27.5 pounds of coffee each year, according to the International Coffee Organization. Compare that to a measly 11 pounds per American.
Research has linking moderate consumption (about three to four cups per day) with a longer life span, plus a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s, according to Harvard Health Publishing.
The 3,487-gallon serving earned a Guiness World Record in 2012.
In the lead up to the Revolutionary War, it became patriotic to sip java in lieu tea, of PBS reveals. The Civil War also made the drink more pervasive because it helped energize tired troops.
An eight-ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually contains two to 12 milligrams of caffeine, the Mayo Clinic states. In comparison, a regular cup of coffee supplies between 95 to 200 milligrams, while one can of cola has aout 23 to 35 milligrams of caffeine.
Qahwah later became kahveh in Turkish, and then koffie in Dutch, which is where we get the English word coffee.
You can now order grande lattés at more than 29,000 locations around the globe, 47 years after the first store launched in Seattle.
Adding sweeteners, cream, and other mix-ins can quickly jack up the total. A venti Java Chip Frappuccino from Starbucks contains 88 grams of sugar and 600 calories — more than a McDonald’s Big Mac!
Our nation’s 26th president loved coffee so much that one of his son’s described his custom cup as “more in the nature of a bathtub,” according to Smithsonian.com. On a 1907 visit to Andrew Jackson’s former estate, the commander in chief supposedly dubbed a cup of Maxwell House joe “good to the last drop,” a catchphrase still used today.
The recently renamed doughnut chain did the math on its customizable java drinks. It sells 2 billion cups globally per year, enough for customers to pick each option 80,000 times.
Save your leftover beans for a DIY scrub. “Coffee grounds are physical exfoliators that can lift off dead skin cells, making skin feel smooth and look brighter,” says Good Housekeeping Beauty Lab chemist Danusia Wnek. “And caffeine is thought to improve blood circulation in skin, but there isn’t yet sufficient clinical data on its use in topical products.”
Can these toys actually help improve our children’s attention, and what’s behind the sudden fidget toy craze?
A short time ago, fidget spinners were the most popular toy worldwide. An absolute trend. As a matter of fact, sex toys are just second to them. It’s a shocking fact considering the huge number of people wanting to diversify sex with their partners.
If you never saw them before, here’s what they look like. These are usually small triangular toys with a ball bearing in the middle that enables it to spin. The user holds the center, and balances, spins, or twirls the toy in their hands.
However, the time of fidget spinners has gone. A new toy is here to take their place – the squishy. Some think that these are typical stress balls that you can squeeze, but they really aren’t.
Squishies are the next big thing in the world of toys. Adrienne Appell, the director of strategic communications for the Toy Association, says that we can expect a squishy craze in the next year.
But, why are these fidget toys on the rise? Some say that it is because they increase a child’s attention span, but is there any proof?
According to Adrienne, it is because it’s a lot easier for toys to go viral.
Kids are learning about interesting new toys on social media, and luckily, most of these new toys are collectible and inexpensive.
According to psychologists, these toys do have a beneficial effect. They can help a child’s attention. In the world where everything is readily available, and two-year-olds can use iPads, kids experience a lot of boredom, and it happens quickly. Telling your kid to sit still and focus just won’t work, but if you give them a background stimuli, like a squishy toy, they might focus more on the task at hand.
According to a 2006 study, this works perfectly. Children who got stress balls paid more attention in class, their attitude was better, and they were spending more time interacting with their peers.
According to psychologists, these toys help people be ”on” – they make your brain perform an action repetitively, which leads to you being able to focus the rest of your attention elsewhere.
While these toys were primarily designed for children, many parents and students tend to start using them. Repetitive, rhythmic actions these toys provide promote dopamine production in our brains, which, in turn, stimulates pleasure and reward centers.
The only challenge here is making sure that these fidget toys won’t become a distraction with their multitude of colors, shapes, and scents.
If these toys can allow us to stimulate our minds quietly, that’s one thing, but if they start distracting everyone around us, then they aren’t doing their job correctly.
*Beanie Babies – these PVC-pellet filled animal-shaped bean bags swept the world in the 90s.
*GAK – Nickelodeon and Matel worked together to create this one. This slimy toy was an absolute hit. There was a version that glows in the dark, as well as those with scents, and bubble ones. A must-have during the 90s.
*Stress balls – When the first stress ball came out in 1988, it wasn’t that popular, because it released a glass breaking sound upon impact. When they started making them out of polyurethane foam, their popularity grew.
*Hulahoops – the first worldwide toy craze was in the 1950s, and the hula hoop was to blame. Children were able to release extra energy through rhythmic motions of the hoop. Soon enough, the adults started playing with these as well.
If you learn one thing from us let it be this: coffee knowledge is not useless knowledge. It can be used for many things. For instance, telling someone that in fact, coffee is not dehydrating when they’re explaining their detox to you is a great party trick. Or how about when you’re standing at the coffee machine in your office and someone walks over and you mention to them that the first web cam was invented not to monitor places for sex but to watch the coffee machine and make sure it was never empty. BAM. Below read some of the top things you should know about coffee but you may have never heard before.
While many people think that coffee is a diuretic, recent studies have shown that this isn’t the case. Unless you are consuming over 700 mg of caffeine per day, the bodies liquid output is as same as the input.
A coffee belt probably exists somewhere in the world (let us know), the coffee belt actually refers to the area near the equator where coffee can be grown. It’s basically an imaginary line that shows the regions in each continent in which coffee is grown.
Death Wish Coffee is a dark roast and it is the World’s Strongest, but one doesn’t beget the other. You will get more caffeine in your brew because of the types of beans and the coffee to water ratio.
Coffee is grown on a bush, inside of a berry. Go ahead and count it as fruit.
Letting your coffee bloom is one of the biggest secrets in creating the perfect cup. Coffee retains carbon dioxide when it is roasted. When it is ground, the beans release the gas and when hot water is poured on it the gasses release even quicker. The bloom is the result of this and is important because the flavor is trapped in the carbon dioxide gasses.
Cold brew coffee is made using fresh, filtered cold water under 40 degrees. Because there is no hot water, the oils that make the coffee acidic are not pulled through.
While it is a fact that you can overdose on caffeine, it would take about 100 cups of coffee for this to happen. Although it takes you a hundred cups before you become overdosed, it will only take a single cup to heighten your lady’s sexual drive. Try it! You’ll see the signs of sexual arousal on her.
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