To all the coffee junkies, Happy National Coffee Day!
Lipa City celebrates this special day every October 21 with the annual Coffee Festival. And just because we’re not in Lipa doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate today with a cup or two of our favorite drink.
- Coffee was first introduced in the Philippines by a Spanish Franciscan monk in 1749.
- The Philippines produces about 20,000 metric tons of coffee every year, but to meet local demands, the country has to import twice or triple of that amount.
- While Batangas and Cavite are the two provinces most known for coffee, 70% of the coffee production in the country comes from Mindanao, specifically South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos.
- Next to oil, coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth.
- The term “Americano” came from the American soldiers during WWII who would order espresso with hot water to reduce the strong flavor. The term “cup of joe” also came from the American servicemen also known as the GI Joes in WWII who were really a big coffee drinkers that time.
- The coffee aroma you usually smell when you pass through a coffee shop may actually be fake. Coffee shops like Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts sometimes use “ScentAir” to entice customers.
- A Starbucks coffee cup exists in every scene of the movie Fight Club.
- There’s a tradition called Caffe sospeso that involves paying for extra cup of coffee for future customers who can’t afford to buy one. This tradition have originated in Naples which is now practiced internationally.
- Coca-cola has a line of canned coffee called “Georgia” that is only available in Japan, Korea, Singapore, India and Bahrain.
- It would just take 10 minutes for caffeine to work. So if you feel sleepy, just drink up!
- In 1600, there was a debate on whether or not Catholics could drink coffee until Pope Clement VIII said it was okay.
- Creme Puff and Grandpa Rex Allen, age 38 and 34, the oldest cats ever recorded in the Guinnes Book used to drink coffee every morning provided by their owner.
- In the Ancient Arab, a woman can legally divorced her husband if he didn’t provide her with enough coffee. This just proves that coffee makes a happier marriage!
- Coffee drinkers is said to be 65% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease, Dementia, Parkinson’s Disease and other Neurodegenerative Disease.
- Coffee fights depression. It can act as antidepressant and make you feel happier.