Thursday, February 18

Mama Kat Thursday: Fun Facts About Coffee

The Mama Kat blog writing prompt for today is, "Write a post inspired by: Coffee."

First we'll start with a funny quote. LOL.
I save lots on my "Good Quotes" board in Pinterest.
Then we'll move on to a bunch of interesting an fun facts about coffee:
Do you know how we came to have coffee?
It's origins are the stuff of legend, but it's history tracks back to roughly the 10th century, when the undomesticated plant was perhaps first recognized in Ethiopia. The earliest substantiated evidence of coffee use dates to the 15th century in Yemen, among the Sufi monasteries. By the 16th century, it had spread throughout the Middle East, Persia, Turkey, the Horn of Africa and North Africa, then moved on to the Balkans, Italy, to Europe and, finally, to America.

Fun Coffee Trivia:
After the Boston Tea Party of 1773, many American switched to drinking coffee because drinking tea had become unpatriotic.

The word "Coffee" entered the English language in 1582 from the Dutch "koffie," which came from the Turkish "Kahve," which came from the Arabic, "Qahwah."

The first Espresso machine was made in France in 1822.

To make coffee on the American frontier, Cowboys would make, "Cowboy Coffee," by using their socks as coffee filters. They'd fill a convenient sock with beans, immerse it in boiling water, then squeeze the coffee into their cup thru the sock.

In Africa, coffee beans are soaked in water & spices, then served as candy to chew.

The term "Mocha Java Coffee" has nothing to do with chocolate. Mocha is the name of a major port in Yemen where all the African coffee beans are traded & transported. Java is an island in Indonesia where the Java breed of coffee bean comes from. Both coffees are a dark bean that makes for a rich & bold coffee and, if you mix the two together, you get Mocha Java.

There is no such thing as a "flavored" coffee bean. Coffee is flavored after roasting with artificial flavored oils. 

A regular 6 oz cup of coffee contains 150 milligrams of caffeine, which most physicians call a "therapeutic dose."

True Fact: Your Keurig machine (and similar products) can become moldy if not regularly cleaned. So, get out your directions and work on that! (this fact from Snopes)

How did coffee come to be called a "Cup of Joe"?
There are several stories, but according to Snopes, this is the best: In the old Navy days, Navy Officers used to have designated room on their ships to drink wine in, called the "Officer's Wine Mess."  When Josephus (Joe) Daniels was appointed Secretary of the Navy in 1913 by President Woodrow Wilson, he abolished this practice of having an Officer's Wine Mess and banned alcohol from ships. After that, the strongest drink aboard Navy ships was coffee, so a cup of coffee came gradually to be known as a "cup of Joe," after Joe Daniels.
Mr. Daniels made other notable reforms, such as selecting a 100 enlisted Sailors from the Fleet to attend the Naval Academy and allowing women into service.
(Joe Daniels, born 18 May 1862 ~ died 15 Jan 1948)
I found out a lot I didn't know. What was your favorite fun fact?

Thanks for Visiting!


gin said...

I just can't get hooked on coffee or any of its variations. I make it for my husband and grew up with it in the household.

Morgan Cartwright said...

I know lots about coffee now! Thanks for sharing, even though I'm still not convinced I need to drink it. :)

Mama Kat said...

How fun! I'm sort of glad it became unpatriotic to drink tea because I'm not a huge fan of the stuff. I do love my coffee though!

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