Collection of Coffee Trivia

Coffee is the favorite drink of a lot of people. But few are aware of the many interesting facts behind this popular drink. To increase your knowledge, heres a collection of coffee facts and trivia for your enjoyment:

Ever wonder how cowboys made coffee? The truth may shock you. In the old west, "cowboy coffee" was made by placing ground coffee into a clean sock. This was then immersed in cold water and heated over a campfire. When the coffee was ready, it was poured into tin cups and gulped down.

Some athletes cant enjoy coffee before they compete. The reason? Caffeine happens to be one of the substances prohibited by the International Olympic Committee. Athletes who have over 12 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of urine are banned from the Olympic Games. This occurs after consuming about 5 cups of coffee.

Did you know that the word coffee was once applied to wine? The Mohammedans were responsible for this. When coffee became popular, it was used to replace wine in a lot of religious ceremonies. This black drink was favored since it kept the Mohammedans awake and alert while praying. To honor this strange brew, they gave it the same name that they originally gave to wine.

During World War II, coffee was referred to as a "cup of Joe since it was consumed by many enlisted men in the US Army. These soldiers were later named G.I. Joe after a famous comic strip distributed by King Features Syndicate in 1942. Since the soldiers drank a lot of coffee, it was only a matter of time before the popular phrase cup of Joe emerged.

Finally, the worlds most expensive coffee is found in Sumatra and sells for over $500 a pound. Called Kopi Luwak, this special blend is made from coffee beans excreted by the Asian palm civet. This catlike mongoose reportedly eats only the best coffee beans and its gastric juices eliminate the bitter taste. It is patently tracked by Sumatran coffee plantation workers who diligently collect every bean the animal excretes. The coffee beans are washed and later packaged as Kopi Luwak which has a sweet, smooth brew.

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