In this article, we are going to highlight many amazing facts about coffee you probably didn’t know. Coffee is an extremely popular and widely consumed beverage, a favorite morning drink for many. So it is not surprising to know that coffee is the second most traded product in the world, behind only oil. Around 25 million farmers in over 50 countries are involved in coffee production (1).
Coffee lovers get a boost of energy just smelling coffee, even taking the first sip. A regular coffee drinker may probably know enough to differentiate between dark and light roast, Arabica and Robusta beans, and caffeinated vs. decaf.
But not many are aware of the history and the science of coffee. So read on to find out some very interesting facts behind the popular caffeine drink.
Below are the 7 Amazing Facts About Coffee You Probably Didn’t Know.
1. Coffee is a fruit
Coffee beans are actually seeds or pits of cherry-like stone fruit. Coffee cherries are grown on bushes and contain two seeds, positioned with the flat sides together. Around 10-15% of coffee cherries usually have only one seed. This variety is called a peaberry. Popular belief says that peaberry seeds have more flavor, though there isn’t enough data to support this claim.
Unfortunately, there isn’t much use for the cherry once the seed is extracted and up to 46 billion pounds of them are just dumped away. Some companies that are concerned about this waste, have started to produce a product called coffee flour, made from the dried coffee fruit. The flour has a nutty and slightly bitter taste, with as much caffeine as dark chocolate. Surprisingly, they have a rich source of nutritional benefits such as antioxidants, protein, fiber, iron, and potassium.