1. 52% of Americans drink coffee.
2. A scientific report form the University of California found that the steam rising from a cup of coffee contains the same amounts of antioxidants as three oranges.
3. Beethoven who was a coffee lover, was so particular about his coffee that he always counted 60 beans each cup when he prepared his brew.
4. Caffeine is on the International Olympic Committee list of prohibited substances. Athletes who test positive for more than 12 micrograms of caffeine per milliliter of urine may be banned from the Olympic Games. This level may be reached after drinking about 5 cups of coffee.
5. In Italy, espresso is considered so essential to daily life that the price is regulated by the government.
6. Regular coffee drinkers have about one-third less asthma symptoms than those non-coffee drinkers. So says a Harvard researcher who studied 20,000 people.
7. Special studies conducted about the human body revealed it will usually absorb up to about 300 milligrams of caffeine at a given time. About 4 normal cups. Additional amounts are just cast off, providing no further stimulation.
8. The average annual coffee consumption of the American adult is 26.7 gallons, or over 400 cups.
9. The drip pot was invented by a Frenchman around 1800.
10. The French philosopher, Voltaire, reportedly drank fifty cups of coffee a day.
11. The word “tip” dates back to the old London coffeehouses. Conspicuously placed brass boxes etched with the inscription, “To Insure Promptness,” encouraged customers to pay for efficient service. The resulting acronym, TIP, has become a byword.
12. William Penn purchased a pound of coffee in New York in 1683 for $4.68.
13. Coffee Recipe from: ‘Kitchen Directory and American Housewife’ (1844)
“Use a tablespoonful ground to a pint of boiling water [less than a quarter of what we would use today]. Boil in tin pot twenty to twenty-five minutes. If boiled longer it will not taste fresh and lively. Let stand four or five minutes to settle, pour off grounds into a coffee pot or urn. Put fish skin or isinglass size of a nine-pence in pot when put on to boil or else the white and shell of half an egg to a couple of quarts of coffee.”
(trivia @ corsinet.com)