Coffee Facts

That coffee you’re drinking is not just the best beverage in the world; it is also a surprising mix of history and science. Here are interesting facts about your favourite drink:

  1. The name for coffee comes from the Arabic word “qahwah”, which means wine.
  2. Thank the goats for coffee. Long ago, when some goats were grazing along some pasture land in South America, their shepherd followed them one day. He noticed that the goats ate some strange berries and figured that this would be the reason they are awake, day or night.
  3. Coffee is grown in 65 countries, all of which are along the equator, within the tropics of both ends. Brazil is one of the major producers of coffee, with its Sao Paulo region accounting for more coffee beans than many other coffee producing countries put together.
  4. Instant coffee was invented by a man called George Washington from Belgium in 1906, almost 600 years after coffee was first used as a beverage.
  5. Originally however, coffee was eaten! Some African tribes mixed up coffee berries with some animal fat and ate them as energy balls when they needed to be out long hunting.
  6. 70% of the world drinks a variety of coffee called Arabica. The rest 30% drinks Robusta, a bitterer tasting variant. Robusta has around 50% more caffeine than Arabica.
  7. Major consumers of coffee are the Canadians and the Americans. Germany, Austria, Italy and the Nordic countries are some of the other major consumers.
  8. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, right after oil. Only a little difference before coffee starts dictating world currencies.
  9. Caffeine is a banned substance according to the World Anti-Doping Authority (WADA). Athletes with more than 16 micro grams of caffeine per ml of urine are banned from the Olympic Games. This level takes around five cups of coffee to achieve.
  10. In Turkey, bridegrooms were once made to promise that they’d always provide coffee for their new wives, the lack of which was a ground for divorce.

Health Benefits of Coffee

Keep those antioxidants at bay:

Coffee contains antioxidants. During the formation of cells in your body, a process called ‘oxidation’ takes place. If this process goes awry, it can for a multitude of reasons, bad cells, or ‘oxidants’ are formed. These oxidants create various issues with cell growth and multiplication. Here’s where coffee comes to your rescue.

Coffee, like many other food items, consists of anti-oxidants. These anti-oxidants fight against the wrongly formed oxidants, thus creating a safe environment for your cells to grow.

For washboard abs:

Coffee contains caffeine, an alkaloid that not only helps give coffee its remarkable taste but also increases your stamina. Athletes, cyclists and swimmers are advised to drink a cup of coffee 30-60 minutes before they go about the business as coffee helps alleviate and reduce stress.

Also, coffee puts your mind on a jog and this helps in situations where you might have to think a lot or do some mental arithmetic, like during exams and tests.

Memory boost:

Coffee, surprisingly, helps boost your memory. An experiment conducted in Austria, using FMRI (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) scans, has confirmed that gulping down a cup of coffee before simple memory tests helps one remember better. Coffee helps improve short-term memory and reaction times.

So the next time you sit down to take an exam, remember to sit back, kick your feet up and drink in a cup of steaming hot coffee, it might just help you ace your test.

Other major health benefits:

A cup of coffee a day keeps that type 2 diabetes away. Researchers in USA have found that a certain antioxidant in coffee helps the way our bodies process sugar, thus reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Coffee also helps keep liver damage at bay. Research shows that when it comes to cirrhosis, hepatitis or even alcohol abuse, coffee drinkers show much less liver damage. Coffee also reduces the risk of liver cancer according to some other studies.

Chicory vs Coffee

Chicory is the bane of every coffee lover. Misinformed by advertisements many people think chicory improves the taste of a cup of coffee.

In reality it is nothing but a cheap substitute that robs someone off the real taste of coffee. Obtained by crushing and powdering the root of the chicory plant, it lacks the aromatics fragrance and scintillating taste of coffee that has kept us all hooked onto it for so long. It also takes away the numerous health benefits that coffee has to offer. Coffee is such a rich source of antioxidants, which helps your body produce healthy cells. It also been proved that coffee helps boost your memory. Our Syycafe varieties have been made from the purest form of coffee, with NO chicory, to give you the same great taste of coffee in every single cup and at the same time keeping you healthy.