10 Facts About Coffee That Will Blow Your Mind

Most of us consume a cup of coffee every day, but how much do we really know about one of the world’s most popular drugs?

Below are 10 lesser-known facts about coffee that every respecting java lover should know.

Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth.

According to the Global Exchange, there are approximately 25 million farmers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee. The number one commodity? Oil.

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Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day

New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other cities in the US. With stats like these it’s hard to believe that anyone drinks more coffee than Americans, yet on a per capita coffee consumption basis, America is far from the most caffeinated country on earth. Finns takes the lead in the übermensch of global coffee consumption. In Finland coffee is typically consumed all day, every day, and coffee breaks are required by most workers unions. The national average of 2.64 cups per day is probably on the low end for most in Finland. If you were to take children out of the calculation, the national average would rise even higher!

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Coffee is a psychoactive

High doses it can make you see things… It can also kill you. It takes about 30 to 60 minutes for caffeine to reach its peak level in the blood.  The body typically eliminates half of the drug in three to five hours, and the remainder can linger for eight to 14 hours. Sleep experts often recommend abstaining from caffeine at least eight hours before bedtime to avoid wakefulness at night. The lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee.

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Coffee was originally a food

Coffee berries were mixed with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball. It was also consumed as a wine when made from the pulp of coffee berries.

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Dark roast coffees actually have less caffeine than lighter roasts

A strong, rich flavor might seem to indicate an extra dose of caffeine, but the truth is that light roasts actually pack more of a jolt than dark roasts. The process of roasting burns off caffeine, NPR reported, meaning those looking for a less intense buzz might want to opt for the dark roast java at the coffee shop.

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There have been five attempts to ban coffee throughout history

Coffee was first banned in Mecca in 1511 because leaders believed it stimulated radical thinking. And, 16th century Italian clergymen tried to ban coffee because they believed it to be “satanic.” However, Pope Clement VII loved coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had coffee baptized in 1600. But Ottoman leader Murad IV took it even further when he ascended the throne in 1623 by creating the first punishments for drinking coffee, which included beatings and being thrown into the sea.

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In 1746, the Swedish government made it illegal to even have coffee paraphenalia, including cups and dishes. And finally, in 1777, Frederick the Great of Prussia issued a manifesto declaring beer’s superiority over coffee because he believed it interfered with the country’s beer consumption.

Coffee stays warmer when you add cream

Coffee with added cream cools about 20% slower than plain black coffee. But when you add milk, it weakens the effects of caffeine. Our bodies absorb coffee much slower when it has added fat milk content, which decreases the stimulants.

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