Although widely called coffee beans, the part of the plant that is roasted and ground to make your cup of coffee is actually a seed. It is the pit of a red fruit called a coffee cherry.
3. It was discovered by shepherds in Ethiopia circa 800 A.D.
Legend has it that 9th-century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to dance after eating coffee berries. A local monk then made a drink with coffee berries and found that it kept him awake at night, thus the original cup of coffee was born.
4. There are actually two types of coffee beans
There are actually two types of coffee beans that are produced; Arabica and Robusta. Seventy percent of coffee beans are Arabica. Although less popular, Robusta is slightly more bitter and has twice as much caffeine which makes it much stronger.
5. Coffee is mostly produced in Brazil
Although Colombia and Vietnam are the second and third highest producers of coffee, Brazil remains the leader. Brazil produces 40% of the world’s coffee, which is twice as much as Colombia and Vietnam.
6. Drinking coffee lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease
Researchers found that older patients with high levels of caffeine in their blood were more likely to avoid Alzheimer’s. Also, studies show that caffeine has positive effects on type 2 diabetes and Parkinson’s disease. It has also been shown to protect against skin cancer in women.