Coffee is one of the highly consumed beverages particularly in winters. From it’s aroma to taste, people relish every bit of the savory drink in the chilly mornings, cool evenings and cold nights of the frosty season.
Here are a few spooky facts about this seasonal beverage that most of you wouldn’t be aware of.
1. Coffee was not always drunk. It was originally eaten.
Coffee beans have been around for centuries. So before it became the relaxing drink that many of us enjoy today, it was actually eaten regularly. 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.
2. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth, only behind oil. This shows that the beverage is very popular and highly demanded world wide.
3. Coffee beans come from a fruit
Some people have a hard time understanding what exactly a coffee bean is or where it comes from. Coffee beans are actually technically the pit of a berry which means that it comes from a fruit. This is a fascinating discovery because most people usually assume the coffee bean is actually a bean but in reality it is a seed that comes from a fruit.
3. Coffee beans grow on a bush
Coffee beans grow on unique looking bushes. Coffee beans that are attached to their bushes actually resemble grapes more than anything else. They have an either green, red or purple hue and they’re much larger than the coffee beans that we usually see. The surrounding leaves are generally dark and waxy. A coffee bush can live up to 20-30 years if taken proper care.
5. Coffee was banned in history.
Not everyone throughout history has actually taken a liking to coffee. While there are some people now who don’t drink it, or prefer decaf because of the caffeine, in the 16th century it was actually banned by Muslim rulers. They felt that the stimulating effects that coffee had on its drinkers was unsavory. Though the ban didn’t last very long, it showed that coffee is a very powerful stimulant that can have troublesome effects.