A cup of coffee can become a brilliant artwork. "Latte art" is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the latte. It can also be created or embellished by simply "drawing" in the top layer of foam. The best baristas can create unbelievably elaborated designs.
Coffee – without additives – is almost a zero-calorie drink. According to the USDA nutrient database – an 8 ounce cup of coffee (brewed from grounds) has just 2 calories. They come from a tiny amount of protein and some mono-unsaturated oils.
Hawaii is the only USA state that grows coffee. Local "Kona coffee" is cultivated on the slopes of Hualalai and Mauna Loa in the North and South Kona Districts of the Big Island of Hawaii. It is one of the most expensive coffee brand in the world.
Ludwig van Beethoven, a famous German composer and pianist had a mad obsession with coffee. He always used exactly 60 coffee beans for every single cup he prepared.
Coffee trees take 3 to 4 years to mature but they bear fruit for 20 to 30 years.
All world coffee is grown within 1000 miles of the equator, from the Tropic of Cancer, to the Tropic of Capricorn, in an area known as the "bean belt". 80% of it is produced on family farms of just 12 acres or less.
Instant coffee was invented by George Washington. Not the American president but a businessman of Anglo-Belgian origin by this name invented the instant coffee process and found a company to mass-produce it in 1906.
The coffee "Americano" comes from when American soldiers in WWII would order their espresso reduced with water because it was too strong for them.
The two most common sources of coffee beans are the Coffea arabica, and the robusta form of the hardier Coffea canephora. Arabica makes up 70% and robusta 30% of the world coffee consumption. Robusta has 50% more caffeine than Arabica.
A global phenomenon, the 16-ounce coffee at Starbucks contains the caffeine equivalent of 9.5 cans of Coke.
Coffee may help save your liver from alcohol-related diseases. Coffee has been found to decrease the risk of the disease cirrhosis, which can cause cancer and liver failure. One study found that "for each cup of coffee they drank per day, participants were 22 percent less likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis."
New Yorkers are by far the largest coffee consumers in the US. A recent study of nutritional habits around the USA showed that people in New York City drink nearly seven times as much coffee as people who live in other major American cities.
Espresso is not a particular type of beans, blend or roast. It is just a form of preparation. The coffee is brewed by forcing a small amount of nearly boiling water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans. Espresso is generally thicker than coffee brewed by other methods and has a higher concentration of suspended and dissolved solids with foam on top.
The world consumes close to 1.6 billion cups of coffee every day.
There are spas where you can swim in coffee. The Yunessun spa resort in Hakone, Japan has specialty spas that allow customers to bathe in variously delightful liquids, such as wine, chocolate, green tea, sake and coffee.