5 surprising coffee facts for your next round of coffee banter

5 surprising coffee facts for your next round of coffee banter

We’ve all heard of watercooler talk, but what about coffee machine talk?

Now that’s where the real, high-octane action happens.

You stand around your office espresso machine, noticing which blend your colleague selects and connecting over your shared need for a mid-day caffeine boost. Perhaps the moment of spontaneous relaxation helps jolt your problem-solving skills and you start troubleshooting together as you wait, or perhaps a quiet moment settles in after the light banter about Cappuccinos and Lungos. And suddenly, you have it: the perfect coffee fact.  Because who doesn’t love a good fact? Here are five interesting ones that you can pull out of your sleeve to score points at your next coffee machine chat.

1. The color of a coffee’s roast has little to no impact on its caffeine levels

While it was long believed that paler roasts had higher caffeine levels than their dark roast counterparts, science now shows that the difference, in fact, lies with the size and mass of the bean. As it roasts, a coffee bean loses approximately 90% of its water content, making the darker, longer roasts less dense.

“If you measure your coffee by scoops, light roasted coffee will have more caffeine. Since the beans are denser than a darker roast. However, if you weigh out your scoops, darker roasts will have more caffeine, because there is less mass”

But alas, it turns out, the difference is likely too small for our bodies to notice much of anything at all. So if you’re looking to manage your caffeine intake, consider your brewing method instead. Wondering what types of coffee have the highest caffeine levels per serving? You may be surprised to find out that an average shot of espresso has less caffeine than a cup of filtered drip coffee, while instant coffees come last with about half the caffeine of a filtered cup.

2. Coffee was inspired by dancing goats

While the story has partially turned to myth after countless retellings, it’s believed that coffee was the brilliant invention of a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder who noticed his goats were “dancing” after having eaten coffee berries. Much to our good fortune, he shared his observations with a local monk who decided to turn it into a drink that would keep teams and creative minds fuelled for centuries to come.

3. Finland drinks the U.S. under the table

Though the average American spends over $1k USD on coffee every year and the economic superpower is the world’s biggest overall coffee consumer, Finland actually leaps ahead of the competition for highest coffee consumption per capita, boasting 12kg a person a year, vs America’s 4.2kg.

4. Coffee has close ties to wine

Not only were coffee berries previously pulped and fermented into wine-like beverages, but the word “coffee” itself stems from the Arabic word for wine. The Arabic word qahwah would become kahveh in Turkish, and later koffie in Dutch – hence our beloved English word coffee. So next time you’re at the office having Friday night coffees instead of cocktails as you hunker down for a manic timeline, you can convince your team that you’re basically only a few steps away from a proper happy hour!


5. Coffee is statistically shown to increase morale and collaboration

Beyond providing a golden opportunity and space to convene and connect, the coffee machine is known to boost corporate morale and focus. With a good machine and a well-stocked inventory of high-quality coffee, employees feel appreciated and invested in. Plus, surveys have shown that 47% of employees say they’ve had productive work conversations over coffee, and that 38% feel coffee is indispensable.

And of course, coffee is known to increase alertness, reduce errors, and boost productivity – making it not only a must-have to keep employees happy, but a simple and effective way of boosting your bottom line.

Want to make sure you never run out of delicious, high-quality coffee to fuel your team? Consider getting your monthly fix delivered straight to your door for free with a subscription to Espresso Club USA. From Lungo to Latte, you’ll have the perfect excuse to get people connecting, rebooting, and problem-solving around a great office coffee.

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