As one of our areas of work is café refurbishment, in honour of such an important role cafes play on our high streets and shopping malls we thought it would be quirky to look at some interesting facts about tea and coffee. Next time you sip a cup of tea or coffee you might be marvelled at some of the things you are about to learn.
Coffee and tea are the most treasured beverages in the world. Whether you are a tea and coffee newcomer or an expert, there are numerous intriguing stories behind the two favourite beverages that you might have never heard about.
Fascinating Facts about Coffee
According to legends, coffee was discovered in the ninth century by shepherds after their goats appeared to ‘dance’ moments after they ate coffee berries. Later on, coffee which made people stay awake for long when consumed became a popular drink.
Coffee can be good or deadly for you
According to research, coffee reduces the probability of having colon cancer, liver malfunctions, heart attack, and increases life expectancy. However, you have to take the beverage in moderation as excessive coffee (around 80-100 cups in a short period) can result in death. This is the reason why various authorities issued warnings to coffee consumers on highly dangerous products containing “powdered caffeine” once they hit the market.
Caffeine Enhances Sex Drive
Recent research shows that coffee has the potential to improve female’s sex drive. However, this benefit is limited to infrequent coffee drinkers.
Coffee Can also be Taken as Food
Interestingly, coffee berries have an extra use as they are a primary ingredient of certain types of snacks that are energy-rich. Coffee pulp can also be fermented to make drinks that resemble wine.
Coffee Types and World’s Top Coffee Producers
There are two types of coffee: Robusta and Arabica. Arabica is more preferred as it tastes less bitter and has little caffeine content. Brazil is the world’s leading coffee producer (produces a third of all coffee in the world) together with Vietnam.
The most expensive coffee is called Kopi Luwak and is made from coffee beans that have been eaten and digested by the civet cat – an Indonesian animal that looks like a cat.
New Tea Facts to Learn
Tea was discovered in China and is available in four types: the black, white, green, and oolong tea. Since then, people have been enjoying tea, the world’s second most consumed beverage, for about five millenniums now.
It Is Almost Impossible To Experience a Caffeine Rush After Taking Tea.
Tea has many antioxidants. As a result, they buffer caffeine absorption in the body, unlike coffee. Therefore, there will be a gentler caffeine increase in your system.
The Taste of Tea Depends On how it is Steeped and Stored
Do not store tea inside the spice cabinet or near coffee if you want to enjoy it’s full flavour. It is not advisable to prepare a cup of tea using boiling water. Although each type of tea is prepared differently, it is great to use 65-85 Celsius degrees of water.
The Most Expensive Tea
Tieguanyin, a Chinese variety of oolong tea is the most expensive followed by Darjeeling. When you are pouring Tieguanyin tea into cups, it makes a pleasant ‘ringing’ sound and has a nutty aroma and a rich flavour.
Tea Is Different From Infusions
Tea type includes black, white, oolong, and green tea only.
There is a lot to the cup of tea and coffee you take every day. You should consider yourself very lucky if you have ever taken Tieguanyin Tea or Kopi Luwak Coffee which are the most expensive beverages.
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