In an effort to maintain our connection with the coffee industry both nationally and internationally and to continue to develop our knowledge of coffee in general, we have renewed our membership with the National Coffee Association.
The National Coffee Association is a fantastic organization abundant in information, research, and news surrounding coffee.
We endeavor to share our knowledge with our community, so we have touched on the history of coffee and some of the most interesting points that we've discovered recently through the publications of this organization. Read on to soak up some intriguingly caffeinated facts and figures!
Historians have placed coffee's medicinal use back to the mid 500s, being made in wine, porridge, and even ghee coffee balls! Between the 800s and the 1300s, people began to boil whole coffee beans as a drink, before discovering that grinding the beans through a mill provided for a richer taste.
In 1773, coffee consumption flourished in the Colonies thanks to the Boston Tea Party. In 1842, Mme. Vassieux created a glass balloon vacuum pot in france, successfully introducing the first siphon brewer (one of our favorite brewing methods)! In 1889 Hansen Goodrich developed the Percolator, in 1908 came the pour over and 1929 brought with it the first French Press. One of the most prominent machines of today's coffee shops - the espresso machine - was introduced in 1938. Revolutionary!
With each second and each small snippet of new information, we continue to move forward with groundbreaking grinds.
A few fun facts: Studies have found that a moderate coffee consumption has been linked to a number of health benefits and reduced risks for cancer, diabetes, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and liver disease. A study conducted in Hong Kong found that drinking coffee enhanced co-operative behavior and led to a more openly supportive workplace. 2017 was the first year that espresso based drinks trumped drip coffee consumption, tripling since 2008. The numbers for consumption of espresso based beverages rose from 9% to 22% for 18-24 year olds and from 8% to 29% for those aged 25-39!
Environmentally and socially, there is an abundance of positive actions being taken, including a fantastic initiative by coffee&climate. In 2010, Brazil (where our main line of beans are grown) was one of 4 c&c key regions to be chosen as pilots to assess current and future impacts of climate change of coffee yields and quality. More than 80,000 farmers could benefit from these c&c activities. 20 million women are also set to address climate change in coffee, expanding coffee&climate's gender-focused climate component. You can learn more about this at www.coffeeandclimate.org