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Ten Interesting Facts about Coffee

One of the world’s most popular drinks, coffee has come a long way since its ancient discovery. Discover these interesting facts about the beverage.

We love making great coffee and have been doing it since 1993. Esquires Coffee was created to provide a cool and comfortable space while promoting a sustainable ethos. More importantly, we pride ourselves on delivering the best coffee around to every customer that visits.

Great coffee is at the core of our business, and we have learned plenty of things about these beans throughout the years. Take a look at some of our favourite facts about coffee!

1. Coffee dates back to the 9th century

There are many different stories relating to the origin of coffee. One of the most popular stories is that of Kaldi, a young goatherder from Ethiopia. When he noticed how energetic his flock would get when chewing on the local berries, he tried them himself and brought them home. You can learn more about the history of coffee in our blog, the evolution of coffee shops.

2. Coffee beans are actually seeds.

The ‘coffee bean’ as we know it is the pit of a coffee cherry, the berries from which the process of delivering great coffee begins. They are called beans due to their shape and are technically seeds that will grow if planted in the right conditions.

A branch of a coffee plant with cherries on it

3. The word ‘coffee’ originated from ‘wine’.

The earliest word for the drink was the Arabic “qahwah”, which referred to a type of wine. Later on, the Ottoman Turks used the term “kahve”, which was followed by the Dutch word “koffie”, from which the English name was derived in 1582.

4. Around 10 million tonnes of coffee are produced every year.

Many people claim that coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. This is an exaggeration, but there is still a tremendous amount of it created every day.

Roasted coffee beans on top of a woven bag

5. Espresso comes from the Italian word for “pressed out”.

Espresso machines date back to the late 1880s, but it didn’t become popular in the UK until the 1950s. The term refers to the method of production, which still involves pressing a low amount of boiling water forcibly through ground coffee beans to produce a smaller, thicker drink.

6. People once tried to ban coffee.

Many different groups sought to ban coffee in its early years, both across the world and in the UK. These bans were often as a result of the stimulating effect of the drink or the crowd it attracted, as coffee houses often became places for free thinkers to discuss ideas. Nowadays, coffee is available almost everywhere in the world!

7. The most expensive coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak.

The most sought-after variety for coffee collectors, Kopi Luwak, originates from Indonesia. It is a production method involving palm civets, small animals that eat coffee cherries and secrete the beans. The finished product can cost over £530 per kilo.

However, there are modern companies that are now looking to overtake the Kopi Luwak as the most expensive coffee. Black Ivory Coffee from Thailand is produced through the digestion of cherries by elephants and can cost as much as £800 per kilo, or £30 a cup.

Kopi Luwak coffee beans

8. The largest ever cup of coffee was over 11 feet tall.

Created in Honduras, the Guinness World Record cup contained over 18,000 litres of coffee. That is enough for over 120,000 regular cups.

9. Finnish people consume the most coffee.

Coffee is an integral part of traditions for many Scandinavian countries, which sees nations like Norway and Sweden also rank highly on coffee consumption lists. However, for many adults in Finland coffee is a cornerstone of daily life, with coffee breaks a regular part of work and coffee drunk with almost every meal.

10. Coffee can help you live longer.

Coffee remains one of the healthiest beverages in the world, particularly due to the antioxidants present. When consumed as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, coffee can help people live longer, happier lives.

A close-up of roasted coffee beans

As you can probably tell, we love serving coffee every day. If you share the same passion for coffee and are interested in opening your own local coffee shop, why not discover our franchising opportunities? As one of the top coffee shop franchises in the UK, explore the opportunities available with Esquires today.

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