If you're like most TikiTreats customers, you've gotta have your morning cup of coffee - and that's just to get out of bed.
So for all of the coffee lovers in our community, here are 13 amazing facts about coffee:
- The term “cup of Joe” comes from the American soldiers also known as GI Joes of WWII who loved their coffee and were big drinkers.
- During Turkish wedding ceremonies, grooms were made to vow to always provide their brides with coffee. Failure to do so could result in divorce.
- There has been an indication that coffee can actually be used to fuel a car. Not now, of course, but maybe someday in the future. Kind of reassuring, don’t you think, to imagine a world where one day we might never have to worry about running out of fuel?
- Did you know that coffee doesn’t just give us humans a buzz? No siree. BEES get a buzz when drinking coffee and what’s even more interesting is that is supercharges their long-term memory! How else do you think they find their way back to the same plant over and over again?
- The word coffee originates from the Arabic word ‘qahhwat al-bun’ which was then shortened to ‘qahwa’. The Turkish called it ‘kahve’ after which the Dutch made it ‘koffie’, until it was finally translated to ‘coffee’ in English.
- Coffee was declared illegal not once, not twice, but a whopping three times by three different cultures! The first was in Mecca in 1511, followed by Charles the II in Europe in an attempt to quell the on-going rebellion and the third was by Fredrick the Great in Germany in 1677 who was worried about the economic implications of money leaving the country to buy this beverage.
- Teddy Roosevelt drank a gallon of coffee every day. (Not something you’d want to try today. Just putting it out there.)
- The Boston Tea Party resulted in Americans switching from tea to coffee as an expression of freedom.
- Coffee was so scarce in Germany during WWII that ‘coffee bombs’ were dropped from planes to turn the people against the government.
- Exfoliate your skin with moist coffee grounds at least twice a week, rinse and watch your face glow.
- In 1511, coffee was banned in Mecca on the grounds of preventing free thinking and people getting together to hang out.
- In ancient Arab culture, a woman could only divorce her husband if he didn’t like coffee enough. Talk about extreme love for coffee!
- We now drink coffee with our breakfast, but back in 17th century people drank beer along with their breakfast every morning!