World Coffee Day - All You Need to Know!

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Millions of people across the world cannot imagine waking up in the morning and missing their cup of coffee, which through tradition has become the substance that fuels the rest of their day. The funny thing? Most of us don’t even stop to think about the fascinating story of coffee or about its origin and beginnings! This World Coffee Day, take some time out to acquaint yourself with some cool facts about coffee while you sip on yours. Don't miss out on the special recipe we've included at the end of this article!

  • On average, people spend around $40-$45 billion on coffee annually.
  • Among others, coffee has been proven to significantly reduce the risk of Type II diabetes as well as liver disease
  • People in their 20s have been reported to increase their consumption of coffee by about 20%
  • About 68% of people over the age of 60 drink the most amount of coffee
  • 37% of children between the ages of 13-17 drink coffee
  • 54% of the global population drinks coffee on a regular basis

What are the different types of Coffee Beans?

Most commercial coffees found these days can be sourced from either of the two types of coffee beans: either robusta or arabica. Each type of bean has its own unique qualities, and the exact flavour it imparts is determined after the roasting process.  

Arabica is has a fine texture and a mild aroma. It contains 50-60% less caffeine, and it is quite expensive to cultivate. It makes for about 70% of the world’s coffee production.  

Robusta on the other hand gets used in blends as well as instant coffee. It contains 50-60% more caffeine and is cheaper and easier to cultivate. It makes for about 30% of the world’s coffee production.  

Where Do Coffee Beans Come From?

Originally, both arabica and robusta beans could only be sourced from Ethiopia. But today they are both grown across several countries in the world, including Latin and Central America, Africa and some parts of Asia. Arabica beans are mainly grown in Brazil, but they are also found in countries like Mexico, Colombia and Honduras. Robusta grows in Brazil, too, but is a lot more common in Vietnam. Countries like India, Indonesia and Uganda also grow robusta coffee.

Most Expensive Coffee Beans Per Pound

There are some kinds of coffee that are extremely costly, such as Kopi Luwak. Its unusual production process lends to its expensive price. The ripe coffee beans are fed to a mammal called a palm civet, which then digests the beans, and passes out faeces which is processed into edible coffee grounds. Sounds horrible, but the final product is the most expensive coffee found in the world!

Top 4 Best Coffee Beans Around The World

1. Koa Coffee – Hawaiian Kona Coffee Bean

The largest island in Hawaii, Kona is best known for its high-quality coffee production. It has also been voted the best coffee in America by Forbes. The island is filled with big slopes, which are ideal for growing coffee. Additionally, it has the perfect micro-climate, including the perfect combination of rain and heat with the ideal volcanic soil type that contribute to the outstanding flavour of this coffee bean. It has a medium body, low acidity, and a smooth yet rich flavour. 

3. Blue Mountain Coffee From Jamaica

This coffee is extremely limited in production and out of the entire production, almost 80% of the crop is shipped to Japan on a yearly basis. In addition to this, the beans are handpicked from the mountain slopes, which is a highly labour-intensive process. Cold temperatures, high altitudes as well as volcanic land lend their hands to reveal a harvest that takes approximately 10 months, which is a lot longer than it usually does in other coffee-growing areas. It has a full-bodied flavour that is coupled with medium acidity and a slightly sweet taste. 

4. Volcanica Coffee Kenya AA Coffee Beans

The best contributor to the quality of good Kenyan coffee is the governmental incentivisation scheme which rewards farmers who sell coffees of good quality. The higher price incentive encourages farmers to develop their crops with more care. The largest bean is called 'AA', which is followed by 'AB'. In the country of Kenya, the bigger, the better. AA beans offer sweet fruit notes and a wine-ish acidity. They produce some of the cleanest-tasting coffees in the world due to their processing. 

Special Recipe:

Make your very own Starbucks Caramel Macchiato!


This widely famous drink was created by Starbucks and isn't found locally in regular coffee shops. It is a vanilla flavoured espresso drink with a generous drizzle of caramel which is added to the top. The key to perfecting this drink is to have the milk at the very bottom, and the espresso on top. Try not to stir the drink before you sip it, so that you are hit with the caramel notes and espresso flavour first, and then the vanilla and milk. We have taken Starbucks' exact recipe so that you can recreate it at home!

Use their signature espresso to make the drink or a dark roasted coffee such as Nespresso Original: Starbucks roast. For the caramel sauce, instead of trying to make it from scratch, stick with the store-bought version. Vanilla syrup is much easier to make at home and we suggest you make it at home. If that's not possible, get a bottle of the vanilla syrup off Amazon or going to a Starbucks and finding out whether they're ready to sell you the vanilla syrup. The milk Starbucks uses for most of their drinks is 2%, but you can go ahead with your own preference. 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 tablespoons vanilla syrup
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 espresso shots
  • 1 tablespoon caramel sauce

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pour vanilla syrup, milk, then ice into a cup. Top with espresso shots.
  • Add caramel drizzle.

 

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