"Coffee and love are best when they are hot." - German Proverb
When you fall in love with coffee, there's no turning back. A coffee lover wants everything to either taste or smell like its object of love. From candles to dessert, everything is better with a tinge of coffee. When you love something dearly, it is only natural to want to know everything about it. This is exactly why we've compiled a list of everything all you coffee lovers need to know about the object of your love.
1. Coffee's energising effect was accidentally discovered by Ethiopian shepherds who noticed that their goats started "dancing" after eating coffee berries.
2. There is something called the Coffee Belt, which is a map of all the places in the world producing the best coffee crop.
India has a solid spot on the map, of course.
3. The coffee bean is a seed inside a bright red berry. These berries were originally consumed as food by African tribes who would wrap the berry in a layer of fat for a burst of energy.
4. Coffee houses were banned in England in the year 1675 by King Charles II because he thought that was where people met to conspire against him.
5. The world's most expensive coffee called Kopi Luwak (600 dollars a pound) is made from undigested coffee beans extracted from the faeces of Civet, a species of wild cats found in Sumatra.
6. Consuming coffee regularly lowers the risk of Alzheimer's Disease.
7. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, after oil. The highest demand for coffee is in countries like the US, Japan, Norway and Canada.
8. In Turkey, cafes are called 'school of the wise.'
Indeed, there's wisdom in drinking coffee.
9. The first webcam was invented to by a bunch of Cambridge University scientists to keep an eye on their coffee pot because they did not want to deal with the disappointment of discovering an empty pot.
They definitely had issues.
10. Coffee is good for the liver. Regular drinkers have an 80% reduced risk of cirrhosis.
11. There are approximately 250,000 coffee growers in India, out of which approximately 98% are small growers.
12. India's best coffee comes from the plantations in South India. 80% of the coffee grown here is exported, with a whopping 29% going to Italy alone.
No wonder South Indians are so particular about how they drink their coffee, or as they say, 'kaapi.' Let this Granny teach you the art of drinking coffee, with her favourite coffee beans.