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Coffee - 10 interesting facts about the nation’s favourite out-of-home drink

Posted on December 9, 2012 by ddean There have been 0 comments

Many of us can't make it through the day without a cup of our favourite coffee, but once you've got your caffeine fix did you know it can also help you live longer?

Recently hitting the top spot in a list of 100 food and drink products, it turns out coffee drinkers are improving their protection against diseases that include cancer and diabetes. In second place was the nation’s favourite drink - tea.

It is not surprising that coffee reached the top of the 100 best foods and drinks because it is estimated that almost 70 million cups of this hot substance are drunk in Britain alone every day. That is a lot of coffee, and most of it is drunk in the form of instant granules dissolved in hot water. So kick back with a “cup of Joe” as we take a look at ten interesting facts about instant coffee (in no particular order):

  1. Instant coffee starts from the coffee plant (coffea arabica and coffea canephora). "Coffee beans" are the berries on the tall coffea shrub which is primarily grown in tropical areas (it's native to tropical and southern Africa and tropical Asia). The berry, which contains seeds/beans, is dried, roasted and ground to make coffee. This process brings out the bitter and rich flavours of the coffee.
  2. Who are the largest consumers of coffee in the world? The US right? Wrong! Although the US buys a lot of coffee, when measured per capita (that is, cups drunk per person) the US is 25th in the world! The UK is 44th. The top 5 consumers of coffee in the world are (from 1 to 5 ) Finland, Norway, Iceland, Denmark and The Netherlands. What've they all got in common..? They're cold!
  3. The average cup of instant coffee contains 115 milligrams of caffeine.
  4. Instant coffee goes through a remarkable journey from bean to instant granules. The reason for this long process is to preserve the taste and smell of ground coffee. In a nutshell instant coffee is made from fresh beans that are dehydrated into a granule.
  5. George Constant Louis Washington invented the commercial manufacturing process used to produce instant coffee in 1906 or 1907. He started selling it in 1909.
  6. Coffee is actually a no-calorie beverage. It is the sugar, milk and other additives that give a cup of coffee its calorific value. This is why black coffee is a popular drink amongst dieters. So pick any of Drinkmaster's black coffees and drink it guilt free!
  7. There are two types of coffee bean, the Arabica and the Robusta. They are grown in different regions and have different taste characteristics. The Arabica bean is generally found in the central Saharan region and the Robusta bean in Kenya and Ethiopia.
  8. Where did the name “cup of Joe” come from? Coffee has been a popular drink amongst American soldiers (often called GI Joes) for many years. During times that coffee was rationed, the soldiers would describe a "luxury" cup of coffee as a "cup of Joe”. Treat yourself to one of our luxury brands of coffee - Douwe Egberts Pure Gold or Nescafé Alta Rica for example - there's no rationing round here!
  9. Coffee is special enough to have its own holiday in some countries, such as Coffee Day in Japan
  10. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth - the only thing traded more than coffee is oil!

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