We bet you’re reading this with a coffee in your hand. If you aren’t, we bet you want a cup now. Coffee is addicting. The smell has this innate ability to soothe you at 6 o’clock in the morning. And in today’s fast-paced world, caffeine is everything. Some people even call themselves coffee experts or ‘coffee snobs.’ You can’t blame them for knowing what they like. But there’s more to coffee than drinking it – it has a history dating back to 800 A.D. Below are six facts that give the brewed delicacy it’s character and charm.
1. THE SMELL OF COFFEE CAN WAKE YOU UP
A scientific study was done to test this theory and it proved to be true. Coffee aromas can reduce the effects of sleep deprivation by stimulating certain genes in the brain. And if you aren’t a scientist and still don’t know what that means, this is all you need to know: after being exposed to the smell of coffee, the caffeine reaches your blood 10 minutes faster. Smell coffee and wake up faster in the morning? Check!
2. THE MOST EXPENSIVE COFFEE IN THE WORLD COMES FROM THE FECES OF A SUMATRAN WILD CAT
And it’s $600 a pound! You’re essentially drinking brewed cat feces, but it’s high-end stuff. Apparently the Asian Palm Civet has a tough time digesting coffee beans, causing them to ferment in the stomach. Once they have made their way out (so to speak), they become a smooth, chocolatey coffee product.
3. DARK ROAST HAS LESS CAFFEINE
The flavor may be richer, but lighter coffees tend to have higher amounts of caffeine. During the roasting process some caffeine is burned off. The longer a coffee is roasted essentially, the less caffeine it will have.
4. CREAM & MILK MATTER
When you add cream to your coffee it takes longer to cool down. Plain black coffee will cool 20% faster than coffee with cream. If you take yours with milk, well, milk weakens the effects of caffeine. Your body will absorb coffee slower once fats from milk are added; slowing the effects of caffeine.
5. COFFEE IS A FRUIT
Coffee beans are technically seeds that grow inside a berry. They’re referred to as beans simply because they resemble a bean. Coffea is the genus name of these plants. The arabica and the canephora are the two most popular species of plant. Creating what we know as the arabica bean and robusta bean.
6. DRINKING MULTIPLE CUPS A DAY IS GOOD FOR YOU
The nation’s top nutrition panel says people should be drinking more than one cup a day! Between 3 and 5 cups to be exact, although they say to watch the spoons of sugar; they’ll add up. And you can in fact overdose on coffee, but it’ll take about 100 cups. So drink up!
Coffee is more than meets the eye (and nose). If these coffee facts are not enough of a fix for you, enjoy our caffeine-free and calorie-free Espresso Crema Candle for National Coffee Month. We’re giving away one 22oz Kringle Candle large classic with every $50 or more order now through Friday, August 28. It’s a perfect frothy roasted blend.
Ok, one last fact: Espresso in Italian means “pressed or forced out.” Molto buona!