Water is the most essential element of life. Without water, you can’t make coffee, and that’s important! There’s nothing like a bold brew to kick the day into gear, but did you know there’s more to your morning cup of coffee than meets the eye? In honor of your favorite morning beverage, here are 8 coffee facts to help you learn a bit more about your brew.
1. The smell of coffee can actually wake you up.
We’ve all heard the expression “wake up and smell the coffee,” but did you know that the aroma of coffee really has actually shown evidence of stimulating the senses? According to a 2008 study conducted by Han-Seok Seo of Seoul National University, the smell of coffee alone was enough to wake up a bunch of sleep-deprived rats. So if you’re the type that sets your coffee to brew before the alarm clock goes off, it just might help you get out of bed!
2. Dark roasts have less caffeine than light roast coffee.
It’s pretty common for coffee-drinking folks to associate a dark roast with higher caffeine content, but that’s hardly the case. Although dark roasts have a bolder taste and color, they contain less caffeine than light roasts. According to NPR, caffeine is burned off during the roasting process, so if you want a little extra pep in your step, light roasts are the way to go.
3. Coffee can fuel your workout.
Considering its caffeine-packed qualities, it should come as no surprise that coffee can help to fuel your workout. According to Molly Kimball, R.D., a sports dietitian with Ochsner’s Elmwood Fitness Center in New Orleans, “research shows that the caffeine in coffee can enhance physical endurance and stamina, making a long run or ride feel easier.” If you do decide to pour yourself a brew before your gym sesh, be sure to skip the sugar- it can negate the caffeine kick.
4. Coffee is the 2nd most traded commodity on earth.
Coffee is the United States’ largest food import and the world’s second most valuable traded commodity behind oil. According to the Global Exchange, there are approximately 25 million farmers and coffee workers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee around the world. The numbers are astounding, but I guess we shouldn’t be too surprised considering there are 130 million coffee drinkers in the U.S. alone!
5. Coffee is actually a fruit.
The coffee “bean” is the pit inside of what’s called a coffee cherry. Just like ordinary cherries, the coffee fruit is also a so-called stone fruit. Although the coffee beans are actually the seed of the coffee plant, they are referred to as “beans” because of their resemblance to true beans. Coffee may technically be categorized as a fruit, but we don’t recommend you using it to fulfill the recommended daily servings — even as tempting as that might be.
6. New Yorkers drink almost 7 times as much coffee as the rest of the U.S.
Although it’s known as the Big Apple, an infographic from Massive Health reveals that New York might be prioritizing their beloved brew over the fruit their nickname bears. Data from the food-tracking app Eatery show that New Yorkers consume 6.7 times more coffee than any other city in the U.S. Finland, however, is the most caffeinated country in the world, where the average adult consumes the equivalent of four or five cups of coffee a day.
7. Americans consumer 400 million cups of coffee per day.
The coffee obsession is real and American consumption rates can prove it. According to gourmet-coffee-zone.com, Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day, equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year, making the U.S. the leading consumer of coffee! I guess it’s no surprise that offices around the country are offering employees coffee on tap- gotta give the people what they want!
8. The first webcam was created to monitor a coffee pot so that it could be refilled when empty.
Newton’s third law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite and equal reaction. Although the law was created in a context of physics, we have every reason that it applies to the technological advances that occurred in the name of coffee. In 1991, it was an empty coffee pot led Dr. Quentin Stafford-Fraser and Paul Jardetzky to invent the world’s first webcam to help late night studiers and programmers keep an eye on coffee levels. These scientists don’t mess around when it comes to their caffeine!