For many of us, coffee is an absolutely essential ritual. After water, it is the most popular drink in the world. Every day, in every corner of the planet, 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed.
Before the invention of the moka, coffee in Italy was prepared exclusively with Neapolitan-type coffee makers. The best system still today is considered to be the “Neapolitan” one, which is less rapid than the moka pot but which preserves the aroma unchanged.
But now let’s discover together 7 curiosities about coffee that will amaze you:
- why is it called that ?: Around the year 1000 some Arab traders brought from their travels to Africa some beans from which they obtained by boiling a drink called qahwa (exciting), translated into Turkish kahve. There are those who claim that the name derives instead from Caffa, a region of Ethiopia where it grows spontaneously.
- who drinks more ?: The answer is always trivial, but it is not. Italy ranks only in 12th place. The primacy goes to the Finns with 12 kg per year each.
- muse: Who said that only a woman or a landscape can be a source of inspiration? The composer Bach was so fond of coffee that he dedicated a cantata to him – Kaffeekantate – performed in Leipzig in 1732.
alternative benefits: Not everyone drinks it the traditional way. Charles of England, following the Gerson treatment, uses enemas of the precious energizing drink as an anti-cancer therapy.
animals love it too: Elephants love it. They eat coffee berries as a snack.
- The beans remain intact in the digestive process and are then harvested from the dung and processed to create Black Ivory – a soft and fine type of coffee, which is also the most expensive in the world ($ 80 per cup).
- There is also Kopi luwak, a coffee made from coffee berries eaten, digested and defecated by the Asian palm civet, a small mammal halfway between a cat and a raccoon. The beans are then cleaned and treated and the coffee obtained is the second most expensive in the world.
- the devil’s drink: This was called by the Church which strongly opposed its diffusion in Italy. His fault was evident: it made even the most calm and sober spirits more uninhibited and therefore led to perdition and abandonment of the senses. It was Pope Clement VIII who rehabilitated coffee by uttering the fateful phrase “This drink of Satan is so good that it would be a shame to make it drink only to infidels”.
- Can Be Lethal: Caffeine can kill. It would be necessary to drink 80 cups of black gold in a short time (4 hours). Not really a few in short.
Whether it’s morning, afternoon or late evening, coffee lovers can never give it up.