Coffee Facts and Good Things to Know!

Coffee Facts and Good Things to Know!

Here are some coffee facts that you may or may not have known about the coffee you drink every day. Whether you drink one cup a day or five cups a day, some of the effects of coffee are not good for you, just as some of the ingredients are good for your body.

Coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia during the fifteenth century as an energizing beverage. It is brewed from roasted coffee seeds or beans found in coffee cherries. These brown colored beans are grown on trees in the over 70 countries primarily in the southern hemisphere.

Now coffee is one of the largest exported crops in the world and it has both good effects and bad effects for its consumers. If you are an avid coffee drinker, you may want to learn all of the coffee facts so you can know how it is effecting your body health.

When coffee berries are grown, it takes up to thirty-seven gallons of water to grow enough coffee beans to create one cup of coffee. And, ironically enough, most of the countries that grow coffee trees have water shortages. There is great concern that in a few decades that a climate change may actually eliminate coffee production, so sustainable agricultural methods are already in the works or are being used to create coffee.

Coffee grounds produced after you brew your coffee are great as fertilizer and especially for compost. Acid loving plants such as blueberry trees love coffee grounds because coffee is very acidic.

Coffee facts continues with the all important processing of coffee from the tree to your coffee maker. The amount of water and time involved with this process is utterly amazing.

The berries themselves are mostly traditionally hand picked which is very time consuming and a labor intensive process. But they are sometimes strip picked by machines regardless of how ripe the berries are.

Once the beans are picked, they are sorted by ripeness and color and the flesh of the berry is removed. This process is done by machine and yields the beans. These beans are then fermented to remove their slimy layer. The more the beans ferment, the milder the coffee will be. It then takes large quantities of water to wash the fermented coffee seeds which generates a lot of coffee waste-water.

Coffee facts continues with the drying process. The preferred drying method is to spread out the beans on tables to dry naturally. At this point, the coffee is known as green coffee. At this point, the bean can be "decaffeinated". Coffee beans themselves have natural caffeine in them, but through a hot water soaking process along with special solvents, it can be extracted and used for other companies.

Now the green coffee goes through the roasting process. This is how coffee is generally sold. This process actually gives the coffee its taste by changing the physical and chemical makeup of the coffee bean. Darker, stronger coffees are generally roasted at lower temperatures than the lighter, less strong coffees.

After the coffee beans are roasted, they can be stored in an air tight container in a cool, dry place until they are sold. If coffee is sealed in the air tight containers used today where ninety-nine percent of the air is removed, it can be stored indefinitely.

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