While the exact story of when or who discovered coffee is unknown, there’s a widely circulated mythical story that somewhat goes like this – once upon a time, in a land far, far away, an Ethiopian goatherd named Kaldi was minding his herd when he noticed a strange occurrence. He found his flock of goats dancing with abandoned glee near a coffee shrub that bear cherry-red berries. Puzzled, Kaldi tasted the berries himself and was soon getting the grove down with his flock. (Don’t get any ideas, we really meant dancing).
****ARTICLE BY KOGI VIJAY****
ARABICA BEANS vs. ROBUSTA BEANS
The main commercial coffee beans are Arabica (Coffea Arabica) and Robusta (Coffea Robusta).
- Arabica beans (before roasting) are said to smell of blueberries, giving the roasted beans a sweet smell.
- Arabica beans are generally more flavorful than Robusta, though not all premium gourmet coffee beans are Arabica.
- Robusta beans are used for most every day and instant coffees, and contain nearly twice as much caffeine as Arabica beans.
- Robusta beans (before roasting) are said to conjure a grainy and nutty fragrance.
NOT EVERYONE’S CUP OF COFFEE
‘Kopi Luwak’ is certainly the most expensive coffee in the world. ‘Kopi Luwak’ comes from the Indonesian island of Sumatra, an area where the stealthy Luwak, otherwise known as the Asian Palm Civet roams free. The process begins with the civet selecting and consuming the ripest coffee cherries and later on excreting the undigested beans as clusters of excrement. The enzymes in the civet’s digestive system apparently add a unique flavour to the bean which is then picked up by the locals and sold. Doesn’t that sound like some good s***?
FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS
Since its humble origins in Africa, coffee cultivation has travelled far and wide. Known as the “bean belt”, it’s an area between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn, a horizontal strip across the globe in which almost all coffee plants are grown. This area provides the best climate to produce the maximum amount of coffee.
TOP 10 COFFEE PRODUCING COUNTRIES:
- Côte d’Ivoire
FUN FACT: Hawaii is the only state that commercially grows coffee. Coffee is also commercially grown in Puerto Rico, an American territory.