International Day of Coffee 202123.09.2021
Probably because it keeps us awake and, drunk in moderation, is also healthy!
Coffee is THE most important liquid that we need to survive! At least at LOPOCA! 😉 Without it, literally nothing works here in the company! If our coffe machine has to be decalcified, you earn nasty looks from your colleagues for sure in that 30 minutes. It's hard to say how much coffee we actually drink each day at LOPOCA. However, it must be vast quantities. 😅
More than 500 million cups of coffee are consumed worldwide every year.
The world champions in coffe drinking are - ATTENTION - not our Italian friends from the south, but the Finns. High up in the north, people appreciate the hot beverage very much and praise it with almost 4 cups per day per head. The Swiss are already somewhat more "reserved" with an average of 3 coffee cups per day. This is closely followed by the German population, which drinks "only" 2 cups a day.
3 funny STORIES you haven't heard about COFFEE yet
How a goat discovered coffee
Strictly speaking, it was actually a goat shepherd named Kaldi. According to tradition, he lived in Ethiopia in the 9th century. It is said that one day he had observed one of his goats eating cherries from a coffee tree, whereupon this goat behaved much more awake than usual. Since the goat shepherd himself could also need a kind of energy boost, Kaldi also tried the fruit from the coffee tree. And so the story about how coffee was "invented" took its course - a small morsel for a shepherd, a great benefit for mankind. Thank you very much, Kaldi! Without you, we would probably be lost and tired all the time these days.
In the 18th century in Sweden, coffee did not yet enjoy a good reputation. King Charles Gustav III even saw coffee as a threat to public health. In an experiment, he wanted to prove that daily coffee consumption led to death. Two criminals sentenced to life imprisonment served him as test subjects. One of them had to drink 3 pots of coffee a day, while the other had to consume the same amount of tea. The experiment took place under the supervision of two doctors. The king as well as the doctors did not witness the outcome of the experiment, as they died beforehand. The coffee-drinking criminal was the last to die; he also survived the tea-drinking criminal.
Coffee instead of gasoline
In 2010, a team of British inventors from the BBC program "Bang Goes the Theory" wanted to find out whether a car could also be powered by coffee. They converted an old VW Scirocco into the so called "Car Puccino," which was given an alternative engine powered by pellets made from coffee powder. The team managed to drive it from London to Manchester (top speed 80 km/h). However, it took them 17 hours to cover 300 km because the coffee filter had to be changed constantly. In addition, the coffee consumption was somewhat high, in fact it exceeded the gasoline consumption by a factor of 50. Coffee is therefore only suitable for people as a "means of transportation", but not for cars.
Finally, a few COFFEE FACTS...
- Coffee is the world's most important commodity after oil.
- Coffee is grown in 80 countries worldwide - on a total area of around 11 million hectares.
- Around 25 million people work in the cultivation, processing or distribution of coffee.
- About 55 million bags of green coffee, each weighing 60 kilograms, are produced annually.
- The most expensive commercially available coffee in the world is called "Kopi Luwak". Depending on the supplier, 100 grams cost between € 30 and € 40. (Indonesian cats get coffee cherries to eat, which they excrete undigested. These "coffee beans" are collected then and we are pretty sure, you know, how it goes on...)
With this in mind, we wish you a delightful day! Enjoy your coffee! ☕️