Most people who love drinking coffee know precisely why they can’t live without it. This is true whether you get your cup of Joe from the nearest shop or make your own with fancy Nespresso coffee pods. This fantastic beverage helps provide a boost in the morning that kick starts your day. Besides being an excellent morning pick-me-up, it is also rich in antioxidants.
However, if you’ve been drinking coffee for more than a few months, you may already know its health benefits. Instead, we will share five surprising facts about coffee that you may not know:
The most expensive coffee comes from a wild animal’s excrement
The world’s most expensive coffee, called Civet cat coffee, is named after the wild animal, making its unique aromatic properties possible. Called Kopi Luwak in Indonesia, Civet cat coffee starts its life as regular Arabica beans growing in Indonesia and certain parts of the Philippines.
At night, Civet cats will rise from their homes and venture into the plantation to hunt for only the finest and ripest coffee cherries to eat. However, since it can’t digest the coffee beans, the Civet cat releases them along with its feces, which farmers then harvest. This process of digestion imparts Kopu Luwak its signature musky smoothness.
The elusive nature of Civet cats makes the harvesting process time-consuming, which is why Civet cat coffee costs $258 per 100 grams.
Coffee is the most widely-drank beverage worldwide
This should really not be a surprise, given that the world’s coffee drinkers collective drink 400 billion cups every year. Coffee is also the second-largest traded commodity in the world, surpassed only by crude oil. If humans could survive without drinking water, many would drink coffee instead.
Women in Saudi Arabia can divorce their husbands over coffee
Saudi Arabia is not known for progressive stances concerning women’s rights. However, one surprising rumor that has been spreading for many years is that Saudi Arabian women can allegedly divorce their husbands if they fail to supply them fresh coffee.
Before summarily rejecting this admittedly comical statement, it does appear to hold some ground. Under Muslim custom, a man’s responsibility is to provide for their wives’ primary needs. If you could stretch the definition of “primary needs” to include coffee, then maybe you could make a case.
You can buy a brand new iPhone if you stopped drinking coffee for a year
The average American spends as much as $20 weekly on coffee alone. This number amounts to $1,092 a year, which is more expensive than the newest iPhone at launch. If you want to cut back on coffee and love Apple products, then this might just be a worthwhile trade. Just remember that you will need to lay off coffee for one whole year (365 days)!
Coffee once helped send athletes to the Olympics
In 1932, 82 Brazilian athletes almost couldn’t compete in the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. Nobody expected them to do so, given that the Great Depression had just struck Brazil.
To fund their trip, the athletes traveled to Los Angeles in a ship filled with coffee called the Itaquicê, and sold coffee along the way. The story goes that Brazilian organizers limited the number of athletes they let out to those they felt had the best chance of winning medals because the San Pedro authorities charged one dollar per athlete that disembarked at the port of Los Angeles.
Afterward, the Itaquicê sailed to San Francisco and sold more coffee, where they earned enough money to allow their athletes to compete in water polo, rowing, and athletics.
As evidenced by the facts above, coffee doesn’t just help you get rid of your morning stump, but it is also present throughout history. Now you have five more interesting facts that you can tell your friends in your next coffee hangout. We hope it makes you a better conversationalist instead of getting you in another rabbit-hole looking for exciting coffee facts. If you did, we wouldn’t blame you either. We know you love coffee!
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