Espresso Yourself Coffeeholics!

How many coffeeholics are out there? Let’s click our virtual coffee mugs together to say a Coffee Hi… Starting a lazy day from the bed to the long hours of toil in office coffee is always a part of coffeeholics. The smell of that brewed beverage can make any of us get up and go for a slurp.

Let me state a simple fact; If you were to ask someone out for a meeting or a date, chances are more that you would suggest a meeting “over a cup of coffee.” Would you like to grab a cup of coffee sometime? is what we usually propose for. However, if the same person were to come home, you would offer “chai-paani“, except if you are from Chennai where filter coffee rules.

Reports state that overall, around 64% of the total population in India consume tea or fall under the category of tea drinkers.

Even if India is yet a tea country, it’s rising trend shows how India might convert to one of the world’s largest coffee-producing countries.

A legend says that many coffee-growing farmers have never sipped coffee in their lives; they view coffee just as another crop they sell to the west. In the past, the study revealed that roughly two-thirds of India’s population didn’t drink coffee.

It is noted that from the last decade there is an increase in coffee demand by 40%. This indicates the growth of the coffee culture. India’s per capita coffee consumption stands at 0.03 kg.

According to the report published by EUROMONITOR INTERNATIONAL, Finland bags the first place for coffee consumption followed by Norway.

Did you know? Brazil is ranked tenth in terms of coffee consumption per capita. It has been the world’s largest yielder of coffee beans for the last 150 years. Coffee is their national beverage, and coffee is CafĂ©zinho (ca-fay-zee-nyo), which is almost a synonym for ‘welcome in the country‘.

A report from Nordic Coffee Culture stated that 6% of Finnish women and 14% of Finnish men consume more than ten cups of coffee per day. Wow, that is something to be called coffee addicts.

Coffee did not have a cakewalk to how far it has reached today. You would be surprised to know there were even attempts to ban coffee. Back in 1511, leaders in Mecca considered it stimulated radical thought and outlawed the drink. It didn’t stop there, in the 16th-century Italian clergymen also attempted to ban coffee because they held it to be “satanic.” Nevertheless, Pope Clement VII enjoyed coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had coffee baptised in 1600.

Recently in the 18th century, the Swedish government made both coffee and coffee apparatus (including cups and dishes) illegal for its supposed ties to rebellious sentiment.

After all these struggles, coffee has been able to capture the heart of many. Now, in the market, the, most expensive coffee is worth up to 600 pounds. You might get a bit disgusted to know that it is costly as it goes through a “specific process.”

One of the most coveted types comes from the feces of an Asian palm civet. The cat-like creature eats fruit, including coffee cherries. However, it is unable to digest these beans. The excreted seeds produce a smooth, less acidic brew called kopi luwak. However, the means of production was criticised by animal welfare activists.

So what do you think? Ready for another shot of coffee. Happy International Coffee Day to all the Coffeeholics out there.


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