5 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee

The wonderful scent in the corner of your coffee store may be fake.

Many coffee companies use ‘fake coffee smell’ to entice shoppers to buy. Some stores also tend to inject coffee aroma into the coffee containers so that the coffee can seem fresh when you open them. So, if you thought that the aroma you smell in your store is coffee, you are mistaken.

Europeans originally called coffee ‘Arabian wine’

According to history, Europeans used to call ‘coffee’ as ‘Arabian wine’. The word ‘coffee’ came from the Arabic word ‘qahhwat al-bun’ or ‘wine of the bean’. The phrase turned into ‘qahwah’ which means ‘kahveh’ in Turkey which eventually became ‘koffie’ in Dutch and ‘caffe’ in Italy.

Coffee was very influential in Turkey that ‘kahvalti’ which is a word for breakfast was translated to ‘before coffee’.

Caffie sospeso restores faith in humanity

Caffe sospeso in Italian means suspended/pended coffee. This is a culture that originated in Naples and involves one paying for an extra cup of coffee for another customer who might be down on their luck.

Here people who can’t afford a cup of coffee tend to go into a shop that observes this practice and ask if there is any sospesos available. If there is any, they are given.

Although, the practice started in Naples, it has spread all over the world and it’s recognized internationally. For example, in 2013 a customer paid for 500 cups of coffee at a hotel in Edmonton, Canada which resulted to other people donating over 10,000 cups of the drink in over 30 locations worldwide.

You can swim in coffee at a spa in Japan

A Japanese spa, Yunessun spa resort in Hakone, Japan is known to allow customers to bathe in various delightful liquids such as wine, green tea, sake, and even coffee. For you to be allowed to bathe in the spa, you need to pay an admission fee of 27 dollars.

George Washington invented instant coffee

According to history, the first man who invented the first mass-produced instant coffee was George Washington. The first brand was known as ‘Red E coffee’ and although it was considered as not very good, the drink was given to the soldiers during the World War 1.



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