Coffee is a very common edible item in our world. In fact, it might come as a surprise for many to discover that there are actually some little-known facts about coffee. Knowing these can make drinking coffee much more interesting.
Zero Calories for Black Coffee Without Additives
Did you know that a cup of black coffee containing no additives amount to zero calorie? The calories start to pack in the moment we add sugar, cream, and other flavorings. The more complicated we like our coffee, the heavier the calorie equivalent becomes.
So if you want light coffee, keep it simple. The positive effect of opting for reduced calorie laden coffee is usually realized over time and not by a single cup. Coffee drinkers should start considering this option if they would like to take advantage of a healthier coffee.
Coffee is Produced by Countries Near the Equator
All coffee that is grown in the world is produced by countries found between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. This is an area near the equator. These countries have weather conditions that are especially conducive to growing coffee. The ideal climate for coffee is warm and humid.
Brazil and Colombia lead the list of coffee-producing countries. In the United States, coffee is only produced in Hawaii. Other countries that are actively producing coffee include Ethiopia, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, Kenya, and the Arabian Peninsula. Vietnamese and Indonesian coffee variants are also fast becoming a force to reckon with.
Darker Roasted Coffee Equals Less Caffeine
The darker the roast of the coffee, the less caffeine it contains. The roasting process of coffee beans results to the loss of caffeine. This directly opposes the common thinking that dark roasted coffee beans are stronger. This fact applies when coffee is measured by spoons.
When coffee beans however are measured by weight, the opposite becomes true. Roasting coffee beans result to lesser mass so if the comparison is made when using the same weight of dark roasted and light-roasted coffee, the dark roasted coffee beans end up having more caffeine because there are more coffee beans involved.
It is fun knowing little-known facts about things we use practically everyday. We tend to have more appreciation for them. There are still a lot of things unknown about coffee and discovering them as we go along is part of the fun whether one is a coffee drinker or not.
Originally posted on September 30, 2013 @ 11:25 am