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[ 2008-03-07 00:00:00 ] - lizc

Many of us drink coffee on a daily basis but probably never wonder where it originated or are too busy rushing to get ready for work to spare much thought for how others drink theirs.

1. Coffee originated in Ethiopia, discovered by a goatherd.

2. Coffee is actually a term that was once used for a wine that was made from the berries of a coffee tree. In fact, the black wine, as it was referred to during that time, was used in religious rites as wine by Muslim peoples. Of course, as time passed, coffee became a staple and not just wine for religious ceremonies.

3. Did you know that the body can absorb as much as 300 milligrams of caffeine at one time. This can be acquired from about four cups of coffee. Additional cups don't work because after this limit is reached, they don't provide any more stimulation. In fact, the body has an internal system that neutralizes caffeine every hour.

4. Coffee in the cowboy era was made by straining ground coffee through a clean sock and then dousing it in cold water. This was then heated over a fire. Hmm Coffee in socks! Ugh!

5. In Paris, the first coffee house was opened in 1689. Its name, Caf Procope was taken from the owner Francois Procope. The caf catered to arty people in the city.

6. Cappucino is actually the result of several word derivations that are used in different ways. The most original derivation was from an order of friars, the Capuchin, the name of which came from the term used for the hood part of their habit, the cappuccio. Since the color of cappuccino resembles the habit - coffee topped with cream or milk - it has since carried that name.

7. Countries use different means to grade their coffee. For instance, in Costa Rica, coffees are graded according to the bean. In Kenya, they use the standard A, B, C system which is already in place as a grading system for most products on the market.

8. Different countries drink their coffee in different ways. The Moroccans, for instance, add peppercorns while those from the Middle East use cardamom and spices. Austrians love putting whipped creams into their coffee while the Germans and the Swiss like it with chocolate. Egyptians drink it black while the Italians use sugar. The turks even use coffee at their wedding feasts where the bridegroom present coffee to his new wife. The custom even mentions that failing to do so can be grounds for divorce.

9. There are coffee houses in Yugoslavia that are known as kafano. They will brew your own coffee while you wait. They use deyza, an open pot and use tiny cups called the demitasse.

10. Caffeine, although universally taken, is actually one of the substances that are being prohibited by the International Olympic Committee. In fact, there are athletes that are banned from competing because of caffeine. They must not have 12 micrograms of caffeine in their urine. This can be attained when you drink about five cups of coffee straight. And there we thought it was only steroids which were being banned from the Olympic battle ground.
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