Facts To Read With Your Morning Coffee

Europeans originally called coffee “Arabian wine.”

Due to the linguistic history of what eventually became “coffee,” Europeans first referred to the drink as, “Arabian wine”. The word “coffee” originally came from the Arabic “qahhwat al-bun” or “wine of the bean.” That phrase turned into “qahwah,” which became “kahveh” in Turkey and eventually became “koffie” in Dutch and “caffe” in Italy.

Coffee was also so influential in Turkey that their word for breakfast, “kahvalti”, translates to “before coffee” and their word for brown, “kahverengi,” is also derived from “kahveh,” for coffee.

Caffè sospeso may just restore your faith in humanity.

Caffè sospeso, which in Italian means, “suspended/pended coffee,” is a tradition that involves paying for an extra cup of coffee for a future customer who may be down on their luck. People who can’t afford a cup of coffee can come into a shop that observes this practice and ask if there are any sospesos available free of charge. The tradition is said to have originated in Naples around a century ago, but the practice has grown over the years to be recognized internationally.

In 2013, an anonymous customer paid for 500 cups of coffee at a Tim Hortons in Edmonton, Canada, which snowballed into patrons donating 10,000 cups of coffee at over 30 locations.

The two oldest recorded cats drank coffee every day.

The Guinness-recognized “oldest cat ever” was Creme Puff, who lived to be 38 years old and died in 2005. The owner, Jake Perry, fed her coffee every morning along with bacon, eggs and broccoli. This is especially significant because Perry was also the owner of the previous record holder, Grandpa Rex Allen, who was fed the same diet and died at 34.

A George Washington invented instant coffee.

Although the first “instant coffee” recipe involving water was invented in 1901 by a Chicago chemist named Satori Kato, the man who invented the first mass-produced instant coffee was in fact named George Washington. His first brand was called “Red E Coffee,” and despite being considered not very good, the instant coffee was given to appreciative American soldiers during World War I.

The original New York Stock Exchange was a coffee house on Wall Street.

The New York Stock Exchange began in the Tontine Coffee House, a real coffee shop opened in 1794 and located on the corner of Wall and Water St., before a fire burned it down in 1835. Named after Neapolitan banker Lorenzo di Tonti, the shop was a meeting place for “underwriters, brokers, merchants, traders, and politicians; selling, purchasing, trafficking, or insuring; some reading, others eagerly inquiring the news,” according to an article from 1807.

The Tontine Coffee House was the center of trading until 1817, when operations were moved to a building on 40 Wall Street. At the time, the organization was called “The New York Stock & Exchange,” and later dropped the “&” in 1863 as the volume of stock trading increased and the building became less focused on the other types of exchanges from before.

Drinking coffee may help save your liver from alcohol.

Coffee has been found to decrease the risk of alcohol-related cirrhosis, which can cause cancer and liver failure. One study found that “for each cup of coffee they drank per day, participants were 22 percent less likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis.” Although not directly linked to alcohol recovery, a more recent study from Italy concluded that drinking coffee can reduce the chances of liver cancer by 40 percent, while drinking three or more cups a day could reduce the risk by 50 percent.

The origin of the term “Cup of Joe”

It seems to be a case of false etymology, that “cup of Joe” comes from coffee drinking American G.I. Joes. The true origin has never been proven, but fact-checking site Snopes believes the phrase most likely came from the old coffee slang, “jamoke.” The slang phrase, “cup of jamoke,” became corrupted into a “cup of Joe.”

Snopes sides with the jamoke theory due to this finding from the linguist Michael Quinion: “It is significant that an early example appears in 1931 in the Reserve Officer’s Manual by a man named Erdman: ‘Jamoke, Java, Joe. Coffee. Derived from the words Java and Mocha, where originally the best coffee came from.'”


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