If you thought your love of coffee was echoed around the world, you’re only partially right. Although many prefer coffee as their daily cup to wake up, the most consumed beverage in the world, apart from water, is tea.
So while this is just one interesting fact about coffee, there are plenty of other surprising things that can make you look at your coffee a little differently.
We love its comforting morning cup as much as you do and have scoured the internet to find some interesting facts about the world’s favorite bitter drink.
Taking Painkillers With Coffee Improves Its Efficacy.
If you’ve already staved off a headache with a cup of coffee, you’ve just used caffeine as an effective pain reliever, something drug companies do, too.
If you look at the ingredients in popular over-the-counter pain relievers, many of them may have caffeine as an ingredient because it increases the effectiveness of these medications by up to 40%.
Finland Consumes The Most Coffee In The World.
Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world, followed by Vietnam and India. But when it comes to consumption, Finland is the largest consumer of coffee in the world, with the majority of Finns consuming 12.5kg (27.5 lbs) of coffee per year.
The only other nation that crosses more than 10kg of coffee per year is Sweden.
Coffee Is Ancient, And It Was Discovered By Goats.
Legend has it that an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi discovered coffee when his goats ate the fruit from the tree and did not sleep at night. Kaldi told this to the abbot of the local monastery, who also discovered its energetic properties and thus the legend of coffee and its cultivation.
Historically, coffee cultivation and trade began in the Arabian Peninsula sometime in the 15th century.
Many Have Tried To Ban Coffee But Failed.
Many leaders have attempted to ban coffee many times, calling it defiant to popular sentiment. It happened in the 16th century in Mecca and also in Italy, but there was always someone in power who loved coffee too much to ban it.
Sweden also tried to ban it in the 18th century, but nothing worked, and coffee is here to stay.
You Can Overdose On Caffeine.
Caffeine overdose is very, very rare, but it is possible if enough caffeinated beverages are consumed in a short period of time, equivalent to 30 cups of coffee.
That said, more than 400mg of caffeine can cause jitters, insomnia, and even irritability. To absorb that much, you would need to drink between 4 and 8 cups of coffee, depending on the concentration.
Did this article make you reach for another cup of coffee, or aim to drop it entirely? What other coffee facts do you know?