Caffeine is the coffee plant's natural defense mechanism. It leaches into the surrounding soil as leaves from the plant drop and are decomposed into the soil. Since caffeine is toxic to other plants, it prevents other plants from growing around the coffee plant and competing for sunlight. eatcultured.com/blogs/our…
Coffee doesn't actually dehydrate you. A 2003 study found that the diuretic effect of caffeine is negligible in people who regularly consume caffeinated drinks pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/1…
German hyperinflation after WWI was so bad by 1923 the US dollar was worth 4.2 trillion marks (before the war it was about four marks). Restaurants even stopped printing menus because by the time food arrived prices had gone up. One guy ordered coffee at 5000 marks, the second cup cost him 9000. amusingplanet.com/2017/12…
During the height of the CA gold rush, an egg would cost the equivalent of $25 in today’s money, coffee went for $100/pound, and a pair of boots would set you back more than $2,500. history.com/news/8-things…
The first country to recognize Greek independence was not any of the western powers, but Haiti, who alledgedly sent 25ton of Coffee beans to finance their rebellion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jea…
The SNL sketch "Coffee Talk with Linda Richman" was directly based on Mike Myers' real-life former mother-in-law, also named Linda Richman en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
The Pan-American Coffee Bureau coined the phrase 'coffee break' in 1952, and ran a $2 million advertising campaign with the message that a 'coffee break' would give workers 'a needed moment of relaxation along with a caffeine jolt' herbmuseum.ca/content/inv…
The only factory in the world that produces Coffee Crisp is located in Toronto, Canada, and that the chocolate bar itself is sold almost exclusively in Canada. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
The worlds first live stream was of a coffee pot thinktel.ca/blog/general-…
In 1921 a Danish geologist discovered a tiny island on the northern coast of Greenland and named it "Kaffeklubben Island" after an informal academic club held at the Copenhagen Mineralogical Museum. He didn't know that he had just named the northernmost point of land on Earth after a coffee club en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaf…
Cats only have a few hundred taste buds, compared to 9000+ for humans. They are unable to taste anything sweet. They dislike anything bitter like lemons or coffee, interpreting it as something dangerous. purina.co.uk/cats/key-lif…
During the Civil war, the basement of the Capitol building was converted into a bakery to feed the troops. There were about 20 ovens that produced 1000 loaves a day. Each ration included two slices of freshly baked bread, some meat and coffee or soup. senate.gov/artandhistory/…
The coffee cup sleeve was invented by a dad who spilled hot coffee in his lap. smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
Coffee drinking is associated with a decreased risk of dementia. Drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day in midlife is associated with a decreased risk of dementia by about 65%. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/2…
There are over 100 species of the Coffee shrub. In addition to the pit or seed, the fruit and leaves also contain caffeine, and are both used to make tea. Coffee cherry fruit is also used in many brand of soft drink and pre packaged teas. A newly found species is caffeine free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) had a massive coffee shortage in the 70s. As such, the SED (Social Unity Party) contacted Angola, Cuba, and especially Vietnam, to trade weapons for high quality coffee beans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
Drinking coffee can make you feel happier by increasing dopamine levels ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Many inventions we use actually came from the islamic world such as coffee, marching bands, algebra, teaching hospitals, and the toothbrush cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/…
Today I learned about the Trojan Room coffee pot which inspired the worlds first webcam. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
Although the Mormon Church has banned hot coffee, they do actually allow caffeinated soda. Medical marijuana is also acceptable if its used as prescribed by a doctor. latimes.com/world-nation/…
The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree only appears in the late 15th century - by comparison, credible evidence shows Cocoa was cultivated some 5300 years ago en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Beethoven loved his coffee so much that he had his own recipe. It consisted of 60 beans. Not 59, not 61, but precisely 60. He would drop them into a cup separately and sometimes do a second recount. He also had a special apparatus for preparing it. greenfarmcoffee.shop/blog…
Acorns are edible with a little prep, and can eaten roasted, turned into flour, or even used as a coffee substitute. woodlandtrust.org.uk/blog…
Scene in Airplane! where the husband has a second cup of coffee was a takeoff of Yuban coffee commercials. The joke was that the same actress says "He never has a second cup at home". youtube.com/watch?v=MJ4kC…
Research has shown that when people are exposed to a coffee scent, they perform better on analytical tasks. Despite the scent having no caffeine in it, its effects are similar to drinking coffee due to participants' expectations, suggesting a placebo effect. sciencedirect.com/science…
The United States Navy Pre-Flight School created a routine to help pilots fall asleep in 2 minutes or less. It took pilots about 6 weeks of practice, but it worked β€” even after drinking coffee and with gunfire noises in the background. healthline.com/health/hea…
In 1877, George Cowan got shot in the head, crawled to make coffee at an old camp, crawled thru Yellowstone, crossed a river, got burned in a forest fire, had surgery to remove bullets, got thrown from a carriage before it rolled over a cliff, and while receiving care afterwards, his bed broke billingsgazette.com/lifes…
Than in the 1800's, Americans drank, on average, 90 bottles of whiskey per year, or 1.7 bottles per week. This was because at the time, whiskey was sold at twenty-five cents a gallon, making it cheaper than wine, beer, tea, coffee and even milk. moneycontrol.com/news/tre…
McDonalds did away with their spoon-shaped coffee stirrers because people were using them as cocaine spoons snopes.com/fact-check/sti…
Haiti was the wealthiest colony in the French empire. Before the Haitian revolution, Haiti produced around 40% of sugar and 60% of coffee imported to Europe. slaveryandremembrance.org…
Red Cross Clubmobiles served free hot coffee and donuts to US soldiers in England. The Clubmobiles were staffed by women called "Donut Dollies." The service was so popular, Clubmobiles accompanied soldiers on D-Day and through the end of the war in Europe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
In 1959, some of Volkswagen's cars made in that year had a built-in coffee maker on its dashboard thedrive.com/news/36295/t…
For the first forty years after the abolition of the empire and the institution of a republic in 1889, Brazil was dominated by "coffee with milk politics", referring to the inordinate political power of coffee plantation owners and dairy interests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
Small coffee growers in Kenya are able to increase crop yields significantly by following simple guidelines, such as proper pruning, but many don't, because it seems counterintuitive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agr…
India is the 7th largest coffee-producing country in the world, outproducing countries such as Guatemala, Nicaragua, Mexico and Kenya. China is the 13th largest coffee producer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
22-yr-old Canadian man John McCue took it upon himself to fill potholes with the sign: "I filled the potholes. Pay me instead of your taxes." Drivers gave him cash, coffee and joints for filling in potholes. cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s…
Coffee improves short term memory, creativity and alertness. slate.com/technology/2014…
On April Fools Day 1965 the BBC aired an interview with the supposed inventor of "SmelloVision" who cut onions and brewed coffee to prove he could transmit scents through a television screen. Viewers called and confirmed that they had received the smells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sme…
Civil War soldiers patrolling the Rappahannock River once engaged in a Christmas truce. On that day in 1862, greetings were shouted back and forth, and supplies were exchanged via toy boats: Northern coffee, sugar and pork for Southern corn, tobacco, and persimmons. battlefields.org/learn/pr…
In Singapore it is common to get take away coffee (kopi) in a plastic bag (not dissimilar to a small shopping bag with handles), rather than a takeaway cup. expatliving.sg/local-coff…
In 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts launched an ad campaign in Seoul, Korea where scent spray devices installed on buses would release a fragrant coffee aroma when triggered by the sound of the DD radio jingle. The campaign reached more than 350,000 people, and sales near bus stops increased by 29%. theatlantic.com/technolog…
A study was once done which found that people were more likely to spill a cup of coffee if they were walking backwards with it sciencedirect.com/science…
The coffee bean is actually just the pit of a bright red fruit called a coffee cherry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
The face of Mother Teresa was claimed to have been identified in a cinnamon bun at Bongo Java in Nashville, Tennessee in 1996. Dubbed the "Nun Bun" by the press, it was turned into an enterprise by the company. On 25 December 2005 the bun was stolen during a break-in at the coffee house. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Per…
During the Great Depression Al Capone started one of the first soup kitchens, called β€œFree Soup Coffee & Doughnuts for the Unemployed." Capone’s soup kitchen served breakfast, lunch and dinner to an average of 2,200 Chicagoans every day. history.com/news/al-capon…
A model spotted his face on a jar of instant coffee 16 years after a photo shoot and won $15.6 million. cbsnews.com/news/156m-awa…
Coffee beans are not actually beans, they are actually the seed of the coffea plant and are inside the red or purple fruit often referred to as a cherry. Even though the coffee beans are not technically beans, they are referred to as such because of their resemblance to true beans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cof…
After the Boston Tea Party, many Americans switched to drinking coffee during the Revolutionary War because drinking tea had become unpatriotic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
Pope Clement VIII loved coffee: he supposedly tasted the "Muslim drink" [coffee] at the behest of his priests, who wanted him to ban it. "Why, this Satan's drink is so delicious, that it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it. We shall fool Satan by baptizing it..." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Grant Wood was a sugar addict that put half a cup in his coffee and poured it on lettuce. With frequent dental visits he became enamored with his dentist's hand and grim face, once commenting "This is a marvelous hand". That dentist became the farmer in American Gothic and his hand a focal point mentalfloss.com/article/3…

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