8 things you probably didn’t know about coffee
There are many misconceptions about coffee and coffee making in the public knowledge, but in addition to misunderstandings, there are a number of other interesting data, facts, and research findings that are less discussed in everyday life. We have collected 8 interesting things that in our opinion are worth knowing about our favourite drink.
1. A long coffee has a higher caffeine content than an espresso
One of the most common misconceptions about coffee is that many people think that an espresso has more caffeine than a long coffee, however, the opposite is true. In case of a long coffee, the water gets into contact with the coffee beans for longer, so there is more time for the substances to dissolve, resulting in a higher caffeine content, even though the taste intensity may seem softer.
2. It has fat-burning effect
It is already relatively well known that coffee speeds up the metabolism, but it also contributes to fat burning, and for this it is enough to consume a normal amount of coffee for a person of average build. Due to this practical feature, coffee can also be part of a balanced diet, where we should not forget about sugar- free liquid intake, ideally water, equal to the amount of coffee consumed.
Green coffee beans are used for decaffeination. Three methods are known, which are used depending on the local conditions. In the process, 94 to 98 % of the caffeine in coffee beans is extracted, but a very small percentage always remains in it, which, however, in most cases does not pose any danger to those who are unable to consume caffeine permanently or temporarily due to their health or other living conditions. In all cases, it is necessary to consult a specialist on the subject.
4. Coffee beans are not what they look like
The name coffee bean is misleading, because the coffee beans actually look more like berries, the name bean is stuck to it because of external similarities.
5. Brazil is the largest coffee producer
The centre of the coffee production of the globe is Brazil, which provides 40% of the world’s coffee stock.
6. The most coffee in the world is consumed in Northern countries
It is Finland, where the most coffee is consumed, but Sweden is also at the forefront of coffee consumption. Did you know that 74% of coffee consumers make their coffee with milk or cream ?
7. Arabica and Robusta
These two types of coffee bushes are used for coffee production. Arabica comes from Africa and the mountain forests of Europe. Robusta is able to live in several places, and is a lower quality but more productive variety than the Arabica. The former contains 44 chromosomes, the latter only half of it. Aromatic richness is the main difference between the two types. In coffee blends, we can attribute the fruitier, more acidic flavours to Arabica and smoky, matured aromas to Robusta. Together they complement each other perfectly. You can enjoy this combination in Lavazza's best-selling coffee type.
8. Light and dark roasting
We probably expose another myth by revealing that regardless of roasting style, dark and light roasted coffee contain the same amount of caffeine. Roasting results in great differences in flavours and aromas, and of course the devices used for coffee making also matter. When developing the taste profile of coffees, our specialists strive to provide the most perfect cup experience.
We care about ethical sourcing
Coffee, its cultivation and processing is often discussed in relation to sustainability, environmental protection and respect for human rights under the Code of Ethics.
What do we expect from suppliers?
We demand that our suppliers fully respect environmental, labor and human rights. Sustainable development and ethics in the supply chain is a key principle of Lyreco's CSR strategy. Lyreco's relationship with suppliers is based on legality, efficiency and transparency, all the more we value suppliers who are actively involved and create their own initiatives.