June's Top Ten Facts!

Here are this month’s fabulous coffee facts. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do.

1. It takes 42 coffee beans to make an espresso.

2. The first webcam was created in Cambridge to monitor the status of the Trojan Room coffee pot.

3. Coffee tastes different from the way it smells due to the fact that 300 of the 631 chemicals that combine to form its complex aroma are wiped out by saliva.

4. Starbucks takes its name from the chief mate in the book Moby Dick.

5. The Dutch began growing coffee on the island of Java in 1696.

6. Fair Trade coffee was originally known as Max Havelaar after the hero of a 19th Century Dutch novel that criticised the practices of the Dutch East India Company.

7. Hamburg in Germany have banned coffee pods from government buildings as they create waste and contain aluminium and are therefore bad for the environment.

8. Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee and is interestingly made from coffee beans that have been excreted by the Sumatran wild cat.

9. Beethoven would start each day with a cup of coffee made from exactly 60 coffee beans.

10. A cup of coffee contains more antioxidants than a cup of grape juice.

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