Coffee Meet and Greet: The Many Faces of Living in A World Of Coffee Lovers
If you are reading this article, then chances are you enjoy having a great cup of coffee, or two. You are also likely to be aware of just how much coffee is a part of the way we live and work in today’s day and age. In fact, if you are anything like us, then your favorite coffee variety is most welcomed when you throw in some social time with valued loved ones or colleagues, then you have the perfect social situation.
Coffee dates are among some of the best social options available to the professional man or woman. They are both the perfect way to get to know someone or catchup. It is hardly surprising that coffee shops or cafes are as popular as they are in today’s work and lifestyle culture.
In addition to meeting up socially, a cup of your favorite Joe is also often the center of many work scenarios. Many offices are simply not complete without that coffee maker at the office to help facilitate a need to sip at a cup of fresh brew while chugging away at completing that report before the deadline. In other instances, many remote-work professionals will opt for a coffee shop business meeting or change of scenery for a few hours when getting their work done. Finally, for many of us to have a profitable day, we simply have to have a cup before we get out of the house or before we get to the office by way of our favorite local coffee shop.
All things considered, coffee is a significant part of the life moments that matter to us the most. So much so, that it begs the question: ‘how did we get here.’ Keep reading.
The History of Coffee: The Ethiopian Goat Herder and the Monastery
Like so many of the things that we have come to enjoy as a part of modern life, coffee had its humble beginnings on the continent of Africa. Legend has it that the origin of coffee dates back to 9th century Ethiopia, courtesy of a goat herder called Kaldi. Kaldi noticed that his animals who fed on the bright red cherry of the coffee plant would have more energy than those animals that did not. So much so, the animals who ate the coffee bean could not sleep at night. The animals’ boundless energy piqued Kaldi’s interest and caused him to take a closer look.
Kaldi went on to try the beans for himself and found that he too had far more energy than when he did not try the coffee bean. He decided to share his findings with the monks from the local monastery who dismissed Kaldi’s claims by throwing the beans into a fire. The aroma coming from the fire then piqued the interests of the monks who then retrieved the roasted beans from the fire for further investigation. Further investigation led to the monks crushing the roasted beans and pouring water on the now powdered form. This, they found, made a delightful beverage that proved to provide them with the kind of energy that Kaldi claimed it did for him and his goats.
As the saying goes, the rest is history. The local monks shared their experiences with other monks from other monasteries and the drinking of coffee as a beverage became a thing.
Coffee, Coffee, and More Coffee
As you have probably guessed by now, Ethiopia is not the only place in the world to have naturally growing coffee plants that can be harvested to make this beloved drink. Instead, coffee of various strains is available from many countries across the globe. Of course, with the many different options available, come many different taste experiences. Even when remaining in their purest form as far as processing is concerned, many different regions produce coffee with a different flavor palette. Add to that the experimentation of modern processing and the addition of other artificial and natural flavors and we get the kind of varieties we have come to love and enjoy from today’s coffee beverage options.
Our Three Favorite Top Five Coffee Facts
1. The World’s Top 5 Coffee Bean Producers
Although Ethiopia is regarded as the birthplace of the coffee beverage (according to the widely told tale cited above), the country is by no means the largest producer of the coffee bean today. In fact, the country rounds out our top 5 list by producing an average of 4906 tons of coffee yearly. The leading nation-state producer is Brasil with 36, 070 tons yearly, followed by Vietnam at number two (16, 467 tons), Colombia at number three (12, 515 tons), and Indonesia at number four with 7,751 tons produced yearly. A total of 117,319 tons of coffee is produced each year for consumption.
2. The World’s Top Five Coffee Consuming Nations
Of course, with so much coffee being made yearly, it is clear that there is still a great demand for the beverage. So, in response to looking at the top five producers, it makes sense to begin looking at the top 5 consumers. The first thing we notice when we compare the major producers and consumers of coffee is the fact that the top five coffee producers hail from countries across Latin America, Asia, and Africa, while the top five consumers all hail from the continent of Europe. Finland leads the world with approximately 1266 cups consumed early (per person), with the Netherlands rounding out the top 5 with 882 cups per year, per person. Between those two nations, Norway, Iceland, and Denmark come in at numbers two, three, and four, with 1040, 945, and 914 cups per person yearly. Together, the tops nations total an average of 5047 cups of coffee per person each year.
3. Five Awesome Coffee Flavors You Must Try
Undoubtedly, there are scores of coffee flavors available for you to try. Still, wherever you are in the world, there are some coffee flavors that are agreed on to be must-try options. These are ranked in no particular order, and are as follows:
An Italian brand of coffee that can be served a concentrated solo shot (espresso) or used as the base of some of the interesting flavors making this list.
An American favorite, this option comprises a shot of espresso infused with hot water. This option is similar in flavor to black coffee.
Mix a latte (using more foam and less steamed milk) with the addition of cinnamon or a sprinkle of cocoa powder on top and you get the oh so loved Cappuccino
Perhaps the most popular coffee flavor available, this is made from espresso, paired with steamed milk and foam. Sometimes flavors like pumpkin spice are added to the mix to make it that much more interesting. The pumpkin spice latte is a particularly popular option available from the American coffee shop chain Starbucks.
Mocha coffee can stem from one of two varieties. For starters, the term may be referring to the literal mocha coffee plant hailing from Arabia (specifically Mocha in Yemen). Otherwise, it may be used to refer to a coffee and chocolate blend. This blend (even when artificially done using ingredients like chocolate syrup for example) get its flavor inspiration from the same aforementioned mocha coffee plant that is notorious for smelling like chocolate-infused coffee.
The Final Analysis
All things considered (history, production and consumption volumes, and the wide variety of flavors to choose from), it is clear that coffee as a beverage is going nowhere soon.