Curiosities about coffee. Surely many of you already know them but you will find something that you still did not know about your favorite drink. If you know, any other curiosity leave it in the comments. We start:
Astronauts can now enjoy a freshly brewed espresso coffee thanks to the “Space Infuser” which is a coffee maker that allows water to be heated in weightlessness. You can see it here.
Coffee is used in the cosmetic industry to make creams and perfumes, as well as treatments based on the active principles of coffee.
Ethanol can be obtained as biofuel from coffee waste; this is produced from the sugars in the mucilage (area surrounding the grain after removing the peel), and the pulp or brush. In addition, this process prevents waste from contaminating the environment.
Durvitan is a recommended drug in cases of physical exhaustion as it facilitates intellectual effort and increases muscle tone. Each capsule contains 300 mg of caffeine, these being prolonged release (6 to 8 hours).
Caffeine is often combined with analgesics or ergotamine alkaloid derivatives for the treatment of migraine and other types of headache because it allows the analgesic activity of, for example, Paracetamol to be enhanced.
NASA scientists have called Cloud Coffee a mass of persistent mobile air that is characterized by a mist of particles.
With an adequate transformation process, it is possible to use coffee grounds as a natural fertilizer or also as a substrate for plants.
Cafeomancy is the art of divination through the reading of coffee grounds. Although the tradition is awarded to the French of the seventeenth century, it seems the custom of scrutinizing the grounds goes back much earlier in Africa and Asia.
Kopi Luwak coffee, originally from Indonesia, in addition to being one of the most expensive coffees in the world, has the peculiarity that coffee beans are extracted from the feces of the civet, which feeds on ripe coffee cherries.
Unable to digest the grain, the animal discards it in the field, where workers pick it up carefully. The gastric juices of the civet are responsible for fermenting the grain, which gives this type of coffee a very particular and coveted taste.
From January 1, 2004, athletes can already have a cup of coffee before a competition without fear of being penalized, since the World Anti-Doping Agency (AMA) then excluded caffeine from its list of prohibited substances.
Caffeine is also used in scientific studies. For example, in mitosis, caffeine inhibits the formation of the new cell wall during cytokinesis, resulting in binucleated cells. When caffeine acts for very long times it can inhibit two cytokinesis in a row and produce tetranucleated cells. It is also used to observe the chromosomes in the metaphase.
Coffee is the most commercialized legal raw material in the world behind oil.
In 1742, Johann Sebastian Bach composed his "Cantata al Café" in which the quarrel of a father and a daughter is narrated, who for not giving up his three daily cups of coffee prefers to stay without attending party, wedding, walk or pilgrimage any.
Coffee is a symbol of brotherhood or friendship because in each cherry there are two equal grains and faces. For this reason what in Africa used to seal pacts of friendship between two people moistening the beans with a drop of blood and chewing them once exchanged.
Finland is the country with the highest consumption of coffee per capita, reaching 14 kg per inhabitant per year compared to the 4, 5 kg consumed in Spain.
Coffee is the most consumed beverage in the world only behind the water.
Every day more than two billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world.
All there is to know about the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.
Many historians agree that it was in Ethiopia (back in the 9th century) that the first coffee beans appeared. It is not surprising, therefore, that the country still has a close relationship with coffee today. In fact, the Ethiopian population retains an ancient coffee ceremony that exalts this drink and helps strengthen ties with family and friends.
The coffee ceremony or ritual in Ethiopia is known as ‘buna’. One of the most popular proverbs in the country says: "Buna dabo Naw", which translated into "Coffee is our bread."
A ‘buna’ can be celebrated simply to drink coffee with friends, but it is also common for these ceremonies to be organized at hand requests or to resolve a neighborhood or family conflict.
The hostesses are always women dressed in traditional clothes of the country and, before starting the coffee ceremony, many of them burn incense to ward off any type of negative energy. From this moment, the coffee ceremony can last between one and three hours, depending on how the conversation with the guests flows.
Regardless of the time of day, occasion (or lack thereof) and guests invited, the ceremony usually follows a distinct format, with some variations.
Ethiopia is one of the oldest nations in Africa and the entire world and it has the notable distinction of never being colonised, despite a nine year Italian occupation from 1934-1942.
The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia is located in East Africa and specifically the Horn of Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea to the Northeast, Djibouti and Somalia to the east and Sudan and South Sudan to the West as well as Kenya to the south. Ethiopia is not only the most populous landlocked country in the world, it is also comfortably Africa’s second most populous country after Nigeria and its population has more than quadrupled from 18,434,000 in early 1950 to the current population of 91,728,849 as measured in 20131 (World Bank Data indicators, 1993).
Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic Federal state and is made up of over 80 ethnic groups with the Oromo group being the largest at approximately 40% of the population along with the Amhara and Tigray groups which constitute approximately 32% of the population and have traditionally been dominant politically. Other notable ethnic groups include; the Somalis and Afars.
Ethiopia is composed of 9 National Regional states: namely Tigray, Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, Benishangul-Gumuz, SNNPR, Gambella and Harari with Addis Ababa being its capital and largest city.2 In addition, Ethiopia is a religiously diverse state and according to the 2007 Ethiopian Census; 62.8% are Christians with the majority followers of the traditional, Orthodox Christianity. Also, 33.9% of the population are Muslims whereas a minority 2.6% are followers of traditional religions (Ethiopian Central Statistical Agency).