More Coffee Trivia

More Coffee Trivia
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Krups puts together some more coffee trivia

  1. Everyday, Americans drink more than 300 million cups of coffee; 75% of those
    cups are home-brewed.
  2. It takes approximately 42 coffee beans to make an average serving of espresso.
  3. For the best results you should grind your own coffee; premium high quality, fresh coffee beans are a must when brewing the perfect cup of coffee or espresso.
  4. Coffee, along with beer and peanut butter, is on the national list of the “ten most recognizable odors.”
  5. It takes approximately 4,000 beans to make one pound of roasted coffee.
  6. Once brewed, coffee begins to loose its flavor within 15-20 minutes.
  7. Never re-heat a cup of coffee.
  8. It takes 3-4 years for a coffee seed to grow into a tree that produces coffee beans.
  9. Coffee contains more caffeine than espresso. Strong tasting coffee has no more caffeine than weak-tasting coffee.
  10. A good rule of thumb for making coffee is two rounded tablespoons of coffee per cup of water.
  11. When grinding beans, a general rule of thumb is larger grinds for coffee and smaller grinds for espresso. The longer the brewing time, the larger the ground particles; the shorter the brewing time, the smaller or finer the particles or grinds.
  12. Nearly 52% of Americans over 18 years of age drink coffee every day.
  13. Before being roasted coffee beans are green.
  14. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee commercially.
  15. A clean and properly calibrated machine is essential in brewing the perfect pot of coffee or making the best cup of espresso.
  16. Caffeine does not contribute to the taste of the coffee.
  17. Coffee beans are actually seeds.
  18. The United States imports and consumes more coffee than any other country.
  19. In order to preserve the flavor of the coffee bean as long as possible it is important to keep coffee away from excessive air, moisture, heat and light.
  20. For Optimal flavor, coffee should be ground right before brewing and brewed within three to seven days of roasting.
  21. After coffee is brewed, the filter should be removed immediately. The coffee that continues to drip from the filter will be bitter and can ruin your fresh pot of coffee.
  22. The smell of the coffee after it is brewed is called the aroma. The smell of the actual ground beans is called the bouquet.
  23. 35% of coffee drinkers prefer black coffee.
  24. Coffee should be stored in an apaque airtight ceramic or glass container and not refrigerated or frozen. The moisture of the refrigerator or freezer will deteriorate your coffee.
  25. Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.
  26. Before 1900, in English the word java meant “nutmeg” (translated literally from Malay as “land of nutmeg”) instead of “coffee.”
  27. Coffee originated in Ethiopia.
  28. One pound of ground beans makes about 50 cups of coffee.

Other Coffee Trivia:

  • The optimal water temperature for brewing coffee is 92-96C for 90% of the contact time.
  • The leading coffee producing countries are Brazil and Colombia.
  • There are two primary types of coffee cultivated today; they are called Robusta and Arabica. Arabica is cultivated in higher altitudes, is more difficult to grow and produces a milder and more aromatic bean. Arabica is considered the superior of the two species and is therefore more expensive. Robusta is a heartier plant grown in lower altitudes with almost twice the caffeine content as Arabica, but contains fewer flavors.
  • Professional coffee tasters are called “cuppers.”
  • Green coffee beans are soft and have an almost spongy consistency and have a “grassy” smell.
    Roasting beans is a heat process. When beans are roasted they almost double in size. Roasting brings out the flavor and aroma that are locked inside the green coffee beans.
  • There are several steps in the coffee roasting process. Beans must be heated between 370 oF to 540 oF and be kept in constant motion to prevent burning or uneven roasting. The roasting forces water out of the bean, causing it to dry and expand. As the bean is heated the color changes from green to brown, the natural sugars are transformed into gases and caramelize, giving the bean the rich flavors and essences with which we are familiar.
  • Roasted beans typically fall into four-color categories--light, medium, medium-dark or dark.
  • In 1683, one pound of coffee in New York was worth as much as four acres of land.
  • Coffee is commercially grown in over 45 countries throughout the world. It is the second largest export in the world, second only to oil!
  • Caffeine contributes no flavor to coffee. Caffeine content is primarily a product of the type of coffee beans used, the water to coffee ratio and the method of brewing.
  • Specialty coffee is defined as a coffee that has no defects and has a distinctive flavor in the cup.

Comments on More Coffee Trivia

Guy Cousineau 07/06/2014 12:01
Good collection of coffee facts - enlightening. I love coffee and love to learn more about it.

note d a typo: Coffee should be stored in an apaque . . Opaque . . .
Administrator Note:
Dear Guy, thanks for your feedback and pointing out the typo ;)

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