So, first of all, I want to apologize for not publishing a post yesterday! I have many things brewing over my way for the blog and sometimes — just sometimes — I get overwhelmed. However, thank you for understanding and I hope you find this post entertaining and somewhat informative!
Anyways, I wrote this post a couple of months ago but I never got around to posting it because I felt like it didn’t fit with the topics on The Beauty Within 31. However I revisited it today and decided that it’s light hearted and thought it would be a fun Saturday tid bit.
After all, coffee can be a girl’s passion, right?
Fun Facts for a Coffee Lover
We talk about it. We think about it. We socialize over it. We make signs about it. And some of us even wear shirts about it!
You may not like the taste but either way you have heard about it.
I am a coffee lover! Now, people will often say I’m not a “true” coffee drinker because I do not like it black and I do not drink caffeinated. So, maybe I’m not a “true” coffee lover but I do love it. However, I am careful to make sure it does not become an idol for myself.
I like to drink coffee every morning after breakfast and sometimes I drink it in the evenings too if I’m really craving the taste. I know people who use coffee as a substitute for water at meal time and I know others who feel as if they can’t get out of bed without it. And since you’re reading this, I can assume you’re a coffee drinker as well.
It’s a popular drink.
So, I’m going to get super technical here and spew out some numbers.
According to Harvard news, 54% of Americans above age 18 are drinking coffee. The study also indicates that we drink about 3.1 cups of coffee a day.
So, half of our population drinks about three cups of coffee a day. Wow!
I’d like to think that since coffee is such a popular drink, many of us should know the facts about it but the truth is that the majority of us don’t! One morning I was standing in line to buy my usual coffee– which is a sugar free, decaf breve drink of sorts– and the barista asked me what a breve was. Oh, man.
We can not be #1 coffee drinkers and NOT know the facts about coffee! I’m no expert, of course, but I like to know what I put in my body whether that means I have to do research or not.
Hey you coffee lover, you! Do you know the details about the coffee you drink each morning?
Do you know where you coffee comes from? How coffee came about in the first place? What about the different types of coffee out there?
Here’s everything you need to know about coffee to be a “true” coffee lover. You don’t need to love pure black coffee to be a true lover, you need to know the facts.
History of coffee (for a coffee lover)
Although this has not been fully proven, Ethiopian legend states that a goat herder named Kaldi discovering the coffee berries when he noticed that his goats had too much energy and wouldn’t sleep all night.
Trading of coffee first began on the Arabian Peninsula and by the 16th century it was known in Persia, Egypt, Turkey, and Syria. Brazil– known for their famous coffee- did not have any coffee berries until the French Governor’s wife smuggled some in a bouquet of flowers to give to Francisco de Mello Palheta who was sent to France on a mission to find coffee.
During the 16th century, clergyman believed coffee was a distraction and tried to have it banned. However, Pope Clement VII was a huge fan of coffee. He refused to have coffee banned and even “baptized” it to make everything official. In total, coffee has been banned 5 times.
Although coffee did not become popular until the Boston Tea Party, it is now the second most valuable trade in the world (under oil).
I can tell you right now that I didn’t know this fact until I did the research for this post: Coffee berries look like cherries! They appear red when they become ripe.
During the 19th century, two brothers named John and Charles Arbuckle were one of the firsts to purchase a newly designed coffee roasting machine. These brothers then took it to a whole new level and began selling roasted coffee in one pound bags. Soon afterwards a man named James Folger (recognize the last name?) followed the brother’s example and began selling coffee to miners. After this followed the Hills Brothers and Maxwell House.
Starbucks opened in 1971 and they originally only sold coffee beans. Ten-ish years down the road they began to sell drinks which they are known for today. Starbucks now has over 17,000 stores in 55 different countries!
So there, now you know the major highlights in the history of coffee. I didn’t mention the other coffee stores because Starbucks was– for the most part– the first major chain to open and become successful.
Coffee Preparation for a coffee lover
In ancient times, the coffee fruit would be mixed with animal fat to create a heavy protein snack. They also tried to make wine out of the fermented berries. Coffee wasn’t officially a beverage until the 13th century when they began roasting the beans. The version of coffee that we are familiar with today was originated from Arabia (hence why the coffee trade was there).
However, we aren’t in the ancient times anymore– or at least I hope. So here are a couple modern ways for coffee preparation.
French press for a coffee lover
Guess where this is most commonly seen… You guessed it, France! The french press was patent in France but is now popular in locations such as Australia, South Africa, and North America. To properly make a french pressed cup of coffee, you will need to use about a tablespoon of a course-ground bean. Water is poured over the grinds and then you wait until the surface creates a bloom. A bloom is a frothy, slow bubbling that looks like a flower is opening up.
People like to use a french press because it produces the purest taste of what coffee should be like. There is no use of paper or other artificial objects that might hinder the taste. A french press makes your coffee taste silkier and thicker because it extracts the oils from the beans
You can buy this fancy copper french press on Amazon!
P.S. Isn’t that copper french press adorable?
P.S.S. I won’t be mad if someone decides to buy it for me! 😉
Cezve AKA Turkish Coffee for a coffee lover
This way of coffee preparation is also extremely popular and I have yet to try it! This method is often used at cultural events such as weddings and uses a VERY finely grounded coffee. (And it’s very yummy — trust me!)
How they make it is by adding water and sugar to the cezve. They bring the water to a boil, remove from heat and about 1 teaspoon of coffee. They will place it back on the burner and bring to a boil again. Once brought to a boil, they will remove the coffee for a second time and scoop out the unwanted foam. For a third time, they will put the coffee back on the burner and bring to a boil.
There are many other ways of preparing coffee and if you’re still curious about preparation around the world, check out this article by Buzzfeed.
You can find a really nice Turkish coffee pot on Amazon for $29.95!
Here’s a better way to explain all the different coffee types I just tried to brief you on.
Typical Drip Coffee
This is where we use a drip coffee machine. Very simple so I’m not going to explain it
A couple key factors to remember when making drip coffee: always clean out the grounds after use so that there isn’t an oil buildup. This oil buildup can create a very bitter taste in your coffee.
The key to the perfect cup is to know the different types of roasts! You can view the picture below better if you click it where you’ll be redirected to the site I love Coffee.
The prime time to purchase coffee is right after it has been roasted so the ideal way to buy coffee is in small amounts, once every 1 to 2 weeks.
To get the perfect cup of coffee, water is very important! I didn’t think it was but it really makes a difference. Using filtered water really helps bringing out the coffee taste rather than the chlorine or other chemicals you find in tap water.
So basically, use 2 tablespoons of coffee for every six ounces of water and the general brew time is 2-4 minutes.
PHEW. Okay, we got all the technical stuff out of the way. I only have one more thing I want to talk about and that’s the foo foo fancy coffee stuff.
Here’s a cute and informative chart to help!
So when the barista asked me what a breve was, I had to explain that breve simply means half so it’s just using half & half milk. These are things we should know if we are going to claim to be coffee lovers! There are many more drinks than what is listed above but these are kind of the main ones to go by.
In a 12 oz. coffee at Starbucks (and most other coffee places) there is usually only one shot of espresso. In a 16 oz. there is two shots of coffee. And, most coffee places also do only two shots of espresso for a 20oz unless you ask for a triple. It depends on the coffee house.
And with that, I wanted to include a free printable that related with our coffee talk. (I believe the graphic is a little high on the paper so all you need to do is adjust how you want it printed.)
P.S. I am curious, what is YOUR favorite type of coffee? Leave a comment below!
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