Interesting Facts About Coffee
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Interesting Facts About Coffee


Oil is valuable. In fact, it is so valuable that it’s often called black gold. However, oil isn’t the only liquid to hold this title. Coming in[1] as the second-most valuable trade item in the world, coffee has enormous economic, social, and even political power. Researchers claim that over 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every single day. Let’s find out some interesting facts about “Coffee”.

石油很宝贵。事实上,正因其宝贵,常被称为“黑色的金子”。不过,石油并非唯一享此美誉的液体。作为交易额位居世界第二的商品,咖啡有着巨大的经济、社会甚至政治影响力。研究人员指出,每天都会有20 多亿杯咖啡被喝掉。这里是关于“咖啡”的一些趣事。

[1] come in (赛跑等)得名次。

1. Coffee is actually a fruit.

1. 咖啡实际上是一种果实。

Coffee is actually a fruit like a cherry. Its seed is often called coffee beans because of its resemblance[2] to actual beans. Because it is a fruit it could be processed differently for getting different type of flavors. Depending on the variety, the roast, and the brewing method, coffee can be brewed to taste like white grape, lemon zest[3], plum juice, strawberry jam, etc.


[2] resemblance 相似;相像。


[3] zest(在糕点或饮料中用作调味香料的)橙皮(或柠檬皮)。

2. The name came from Arabic word “qahwah”.

2. 其名称源自阿拉伯语qahwah

The term coffee came from the Dutch word “koffie” which was originally borrowed from Ottoman Turkish[4] language word “kahve”. It is interesting that “kahve” was originally borrowed from Arabic word “Qahwah”. Qahwah is also known as Arabic coffee.


[4] Ottoman Turkish 奥斯曼土耳其语。

3. George Washington invented instant coffee.

3. 乔治·华盛顿发明了速溶咖啡。

No, not that George Washington. While Satori Kato actually created the first “recipe”[5] for making instant coffee, the man who invented the first mass produced instant coffee was George Constant Louis Washington, born in Kortrijk, Belgium in May 1871. While it wasn’t very tasty, it did hit the spot[6] for soldiers on the battlefield in World War I.


[5] recipe(饮料等的)调制法。


[6] hit the spot(尤指食物和饮料)使人完全满意,切合需要。

4. The stock exchange[7] – both in London and in New York – started in coffeehouses.

4. 伦敦和纽约的证券交易所都始自咖啡馆。

Just as they are today, coffee houses often served as portable[8] “offices” for gentlemen doing business in earlier years. Both the London Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchanges started in popular coffee houses in their respective cities. Other financial industries that also started in coffee house include auction houses (Sotheby’s of London) and the insurance industry – Lloyds of London began in a coffee house as well.


[7] stock exchange 证券交易所;证券市场。


[8] portable 可移动的。

5. Coffee was first cultivated in Middle East.

5. 咖啡最先在中东培植。

Although Coffee plant was first in Ethiopia it was first cultivated in Yemen. Initially it was used for religious purpose for Arabs at that time. From Middle East it was reached Europe through Italy in 17th century.


6. Coffee may not make you sober, but it does seem to protect your liver from alcohol related diseases.

6. 咖啡不见得能让你清醒,但似乎的确能保护肝脏免受酒精相关疾病的侵袭。

Despite old wives tales[9] to the contrary, if you feed coffee to a drunk, all you get is a wide-awake[10] drunk. On the other hand, considerable research has found that people who drink coffee regularly show a much lower incidence of all liver diseases, including cirrhosis of the liver, which is commonly associated with chronic alcoholism.


[9] old wives tale 无稽之谈;迷信。


[10] wide-awake 完全醒着的。

7. In ancient Arab culture, coffee was grounds for divorce.

7. 古老的阿拉伯文化中,咖啡竟是离婚的理由。

While mid-1970s US ads centered around women who couldn’t make a good cup of coffee and the displeasure of their husbands, in ancient times, the onus[11] for coffee was laid upon the providers. A woman could legally divorce her husband if he failed to provide her with enough coffee.


[11] onus 职责;责任。