Posts Tagged ‘coffee trivia’

Love Your Coffee: Love Logevity

July 6, 2012

Good news for coffee drinkers.  Coffee drinkers are more likely to live longer. National Institute of Health and AARP studied 400,000 people over a period of years to determine the question: does coffee help or hinder?  Neal Freedman of the National Cancer Institute reports “There may actually be a modest benefit of coffee drinking.”

To Coffee lovers everywhere, it’s not the caffeine that may be the cup of youth, but it most likely is the helpful antioxidants.

Pour a second cup while you read on.  The study is based on observing people’s habits and their resulting health.  Drinking coffee (regular or decaf doesn’t matter) and living longer seems to be related.            Thanks, Joe! Coffee drinkers live longer, May 16, 2012

The New England Journal of Medicine


Coffee Facts Friday: Is There a Waffle in the House?

March 24, 2011

Never fails. Where there’s a feast, there’s food. And for the Feast of Annunciation in Sweden and Europe, the food of choice is Vaffeldagen, or as they say in the states, waffles. And if were talking waffles, we aint speak’n no foreign language here, we’re talking Waffle House.

Since 1955, they have served an estimated total of 442,451,500…and counting.  And what goes better with a waffle than a cup of coffee.

Waffle House Coffee Fact: Coffee is the fruit of an evergreen shrub native to northern Africa. Each plant yields only enough coffee for one to two pounds of roasted coffee per year. It takes more than three million pounds of coffee beans to produce a year’s worth of Waffle House® Classic Blend Coffee. Waffle House serves 95 MILLION cups of coffee per year (Waffle House, 2005)…. And that’s only in 25 states!

Editor’s note: March 25th is INTERNATIONAL Waffle Day. If you want to go all waffle-patriotic (blueberries, strawberries and whipped cream), you’ve got to wait to celebrate until August 24th,  NATIONAL Waffle Day.

Coffee Snobology’s Coffee Etymology

March 6, 2011

What’s in a name? History, culture, quirky trivia – you name it! That’s what inspired Jerry Hill to establish Fun Facts About Names Day (Monday on the first full week of March). His idea was a day dedicated to “celebrate names by learning more about them.” Here at Coffee Snobology we like to celebrate, so we wondered:  How did coffee get its name?

Let’s start in the present and trip backwards…

Coffee in English derived from the Italian caffe` and the French cafe`. The French and Italian names evolved out of the Germanic kaffee, the origin of which is attributed to the Arabic word, qahwa. This word’s etymology referred to a psychoactive beverage, also inclusive of wine. (Mind bottling, isn’t it?) From here coffee may have derived from the Turkish kahve, and finally we settle in the legendary dancing goat Kingdom of Kaffa, Ethiopia. Although somewhere in this later timeline more stories of name origin trace their roots near the Arabian shipping port of  Mocca.  And along the way, in the land between the then of little historical notation and the now of diluted documentation, came more names, such as the Ukrainian kaba and the Polish kawa.  

Well, however “coffea of the madder family” got its name, you can be sure its offspring, latte and macchiato don’t fall far from the tree.

NOTE: For Coffee Snobology’s take on the origins of the coffee snob, refer to the 7/25/2010 post in the Book Excerpts category: Evolution of the Coffee Snob.

w/ (A Canadian men’s magazine);; And of course, Funk & Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, Volume 6. MCMLXXI, MCMLXXV, MCMLXXIX.


Coffee Facts Friday

June 18, 2010

Grounds for Beauty
Wake up to the beauty benefits of coffee.   Enjoy your morning Joe and reduce cellulite and brighten your face.  Coffee is full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents.  Brew a delicious pot of coffee but save the grounds.  Mix coffee grounds with virgin olive oil to form a paste.  Rub the past on your face, bottom or belly (wherever) to reduce cellulite and slough of dead skin cells.  Sip you coffee, relax, and shower: Spa in a cup.