05-05-2014 Coffee-My Favorite Addiction   Leave a comment

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Over the years I’ve become addicted to coffee in all of it’s forms.  From expresso to roasted coffee beans covered in chocolate, I love it all.  It started when I was in the Army and accelerated once I left the service and became a police officer.  I like it hot and strong and always desire just one more steaming cup.  With all of the activity taking place this Spring it really helps me to stay focused and offers that boast of energy I absolutely require.

One of the better purchases I’ve made in recent months was a K-Kup coffee maker.  I now can change the type and flavor of coffee at a moments notice and I maintain a nice assortment of coffees and teas for my enjoyment.  I’m in a caffeine heaven.

As a change today rather than offering a journal entry I thought I’d pass along a little coffee trivia I’ve collected.  It’s way more interesting than you might think.  Enjoy the following with a nice mug of your favorite brew.

  • The United States is the world’s largest consumer of coffee, importing 16 to 20 million bags annually (2.5 million pounds), representing one-third of all coffee exported. More than half of the United States population consumes coffee. The typical coffee drinker has 3.4 cups of coffee per day. That translates into more than 450,000,000 cups of coffee daily.
  • Legend has it a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder discovered coffee by accident when he noticed how crazy the beans were making his goats.
  • New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other cities in the US.
  • The lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee.5. A French doctor in the 1600s suggested Cafe Au Laits for patients, inspiring people to begin adding milk to coffee.
  • Espresso is regulated by the Italian government because it is considered an essential part of their daily life
  • In the 1600s there was a controversy over whether or not Catholics could drink coffee, luckily Pope Clement VIII said it was okay.
  • After the decaffeinating process, processing companies no longer throw the caffeine away; they sell it to pharmaceutical companies.
  • Coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year.
  • Coffee lends its popularity to the fact that just about all flavors mix well with it.
  • Here is a recipe from: ‘Kitchen Directory and American Housewife’ (1844)
    "Use a tablespoonful ground to a pint of boiling water [less than a quarter of what we would use today].  Boil in tin pot twenty to twenty-five minutes. If boiled longer it will not taste fresh and lively. Let stand four or five minutes to settle, pour off grounds into a coffee pot or urn. Put fish skin or isinglass size of a nine-pence in pot when put on to boil or else the white and shell of half an egg to a couple of quarts of coffee."

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“My New Best Friend”

  • The United States is the world’s largest consumer of coffee, importing 16 to 20 million bags annually (2.5 million pounds), representing one-third of all coffee exported. More than half of the United States population consumes coffee. The typical coffee drinker has 3.4 cups of coffee per day. That translates into more than 450,000,000 cups of coffee daily.
  • LESS caffeine than medium roasts. The longer a coffee is roasted, the more caffeine burns off during the process.
  • During the American Civil War the Union soldiers were issued eight pounds of ground roasted coffee as part of their personal ration of one hundred pounds of food. And they had another choice: ten pounds of green coffee beans.
  • During World War II the U.S. government used 260 million pounds of instant coffee.
  • If you like your espresso coffee sweet, you should use granulated sugar, which dissolves more quickly, rather than sugar cubes; white sugar rather than brown sugar or candy; and real sugar rather than sweeteners which alter the taste of the coffee.
  • In 1727, as a result of seedlings smuggled from Paris, coffee plants first were cultivated in Brazil. Brazil is presently by far the world’s largest producer of coffee.
  • In the 14th century, the Arabs started to cultivate coffee plants. The first commercially grown and harvested coffee originated in the Arabian Peninsula near the port of Mocha.
  • In the 16th century, Turkish women could divorce their husbands if the man failed to keep his family’s pot filled with coffee.
  • In the year 1790, there were two firsts in the United States; the first wholesale coffee roasting company, and the first newspaper advertisement featuring coffee.
  • Jamaica Blue Mountain is often regarded as the best coffee in the world.
  • Lloyd’s of London began as Edward Lloyd’s coffeehouse.

“Decaf is like masturbating with an oven mitt!”  ~Robin Williams

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