The pit found inside the cherry-like food, coffee beans are the source of most widely drunk beverage, coffee. Here are some cool facts about coffee beans and their health benefits.
1. Coffee bean grows on trees inside red cherry-like fruits. The fruit is delicious and tastes like peach, honey and watermelon.
2. The coffee beans are grown in 80 countries around the world. About 25 million people work in the cultivation, processing or distribution of coffee.
3. Coffee beans contain chlorogenic acid (CGA), which is an anti-oxidant. The high amount of CGA in coffee beans is beneficial in losing weight. It also protects body against the damage caused by a stroke.
4. Mild, lightly roasted coffee beans contain more caffeine than heavily roasted or dark coffee beans. The excess roasting destroys the caffeine.
5. Espresso bean is not a coffee bean but a method of coffee preparation. Espresso is prepared with dark roasted coffee beans by grinding them very finely. Then finally hot water is passed unto grounded coffee at high pressure. The result gives concentrated coffee with dense cream. Espresso contains less caffeine than normal coffee.
6. 1 teaspoon of roasted and grounded coffee beans contains Riboflavin (vitamin B2), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), Pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), Manganese, Potassium, Niacin, and Magnesium.
7. The most expensive coffee in the world is called cat coffee. The cherry fruit is fed to the cats which then excrete the indigestible seeds. The seeds/coffee beans are exracted from cat droppings and processed to make coffee. The process adds a ‘special’ aroma to the coffee.
8. Another coffee called Black Ivory Coffee is made in Thailand using the same method as with cats, but this time with elephants.
9. There are two types of coffee beans in the world – Arabica and Robusta. Arabica coffee makes about 60 percent of the total coffee in the world and the rest is mostly Robust coffee. The Arabica coffee bean is cultivated in Brazil, Ethiopia, Kenya, Brazil, and Colombia.
Robusta coffee bean grows in West Africa and Southeast Asia.
Arabica coffee is preferred for its less bitter taste. Robusta coffee has an intense taste and is more bitter.