International Coffee Day
Today, for the 15th time, the “Day of Coffee” is being celebrated in Germany as a tribute to the aromatic beans. The fact is that: Germany loves coffee. On average, Germans drink around 166 liters of coffee per capita each year, which is significantly more than any other beverages.
Even at work, the coffee break is usually part of working hours.
Everyone knows the different coffee drinkers: one colleague needs an extra strong coffee to wake up, another colleague needs a coffee to sort his thoughts and yet another one is looking for that extra portion of concentration and peace.
Especially on days when you would like to scream out loud, because you have the feeling that everything is getting too much. The endless to-do list has to be worked off before the weekend and every task has priority number one. We recommend to take a break and enjoy the smell of a freshly brewed coffee.
The smell of freshly roasted beans from the coffee machine alone can reduce stress levels and trigger feelings of happiness.
But what else should you know about coffee? Isn’t it enough to know that coffee is brown, wakes you up and tastes good?
So that you can really shine with knowledge during your coffee break, we have taken the time to pick out 15 exciting facts for the 15th day of coffee:
The webcam was invented by coffee
It is true, because the only reason why students at the University of Cambridge invented the webcam was to see if the coffee pot was full or empty without having to walk there.
Coffee has more aromas than wine
Coffee contains 850 to 1,000 different aromas, around twice as many as wine. From fruity to caramel to peppery, the variety of aromas in coffee makes it to one of the most complex natural products of all.
Coffee is slurped
It is therefore logical that coffee is tasted in a similar way to wine. The coffee is slurped to absorb more oxygen and thus the different aromas can be better tasted.
“Coffee sniffer” used to be a profession
If you sometimes ask yourself, what am I actually doing here? Then always remember that Frederick the Great used so called “coffee sniffers” in 1781 to expose disobedient citizens. He introduced a state coffee monopoly and imposed a “burning compulsion”, which meant that private citizens were neither allowed to own nor roast coffee beans. Who was seized by the “coffee sniffers”, punishments threatened because of law breaking.
The German coffee market is one of the largest in the world
Fortunately, the monopoly was broken and Germany is now the second largest buyer of coffee from all over the world after the USA.
Coffee is subject to a purity law
A package that says “coffee” on it may only contain coffee, other substances may only be added if this is labelled accordingly.
Coffee tastes best to Germans at home
In Germany, coffee is best drunk at home and that’s where it tastes best. If consumers are allowed to give marks, coffee at home is given an average school grade of 1.6. By way of comparison, coffee in the restaurant trade is given a 1.8 and the cup of coffee drunk at the workplace ranks third with a grade of 2.1.
The smell of coffee already has an effect
Scientists from Thailand found out that just the inhalation of coffee aroma can produce the invigorating effect of coffee: The smell of coffee can stimulate the brain and improve cognitive processes.
Coffee is low in calories
A cup of black coffee has just three calories – as long as you avoid adding milk or sugar.
Coffee is rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants have been shown to keep you young, protect you from aging, cardiovascular disease and even cancer. Due to its high content of chlorogenic acids and melanoidins, coffee is an important source of antioxidants for humans.
Coffee makes sweet things even sweeter
A study by the University of Aarhus in Denmark shows that coffee increases sensitivity to sweetness. The sense of smell and taste of 156 test persons was tested before and after drinking coffee. The researchers did not find any changes in the sense of smell, but they could show that the sense of taste was impaired: people who were tested after drinking coffee reacted more sensitively to sweetness and less sensitively to bitterness.
Coffee protects against caries
According to researchers at the University of Ancona, several ingredients kill caries-causing bacteria. Especially chlorogenic acid, nicotinic acid and trigonellin help to prevent the formation of harmful plaque, as the scientists proved in the laboratory. Unsweetened coffee can therefore contribute to dental health.
Coffee grows on trees…
… which can be up to 10 meters high. In breeding, however, heights of 3 meters are preferred so that harvesting is not too difficult.
” Erichs Dröhnung “
In the GDR, pure roasted coffee was almost unaffordable, so the party leadership introduced a mix of coffee, grain, sugar beets and peas. The citizens did not like this substitute at all, and dissatisfaction grew so much that a public uprising threatened. In reference to West German products, the coffee substitute became known and spurned as ” Erichs Dröhnung”. Politicians sought a remedy and bought coffee abroad.
Theoretically, the lethal dose of coffee is 100 cups…
…only then the concentration of caffeine would be high enough. However, the high water content in the body would rather be the cause of death.
With these facts you can certainly break the ice at the next coffee break and also use the coffee break at events for networking.