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Facts about coffee
- Coffee comes from a fruit! That’s right. Coffee beans are actually the pits of the berries from the coffee tree. They are only called “beans” because of their resemblance to beans.
- “Decaf” doesn’t mean there is zero caffeine. Decaffeinated coffee still contains 8.6 mg of caffeine. A cup of brewed coffee contains between 95 and 200 mg.
- In Canada, the main sources of caffeine consumption among adults are coffee (80%), tea (12%) and soft drinks (6%).
- Coffee was first discovered by a goat in the 9th century! A goat herder noticed his goats were more energetic after they ate the berries from the coffee tree, so he tried it for himself.
- 1, 3, 7–TRIMETHYLXANTHINE is caffeine’s chemical name.
- 90% of people in North America use caffeine in some form.
- An espresso contains less caffeine than brewed coffee, due to the shorter infusion time.
- Coffee can reduce iron absorption when consumed during meal time. This is due to the substantial presence of tannins in coffee. People with anemia should have their coffee (or tea) one hour before or two hours after a meal.
- Coffee should be kept in a cool dry place. Contrary to certain beliefs, the cold temperature of the freezer creates condensation in the coffee’s packaging, which causes your ground coffee to lose flavour.