Eight things that you didn’t know about coffee

Consider yourself a coffee expert? Think you know all there is to know about everyone’s favourite drink? Well guess again. There are few things that aren’t too well know about the world’s best pick-me-up, and we’re going to share the best of them with you here.

  • The oldest cat to have ever lived was called Creme Puff. He died in 2005 at the age of 38 – a cat’s average lifespan is 14 years. Her owner fed her coffee, bacon, eggs, and broccoli every morning. What’s weirder is that the second oldest cat to have ever lived was fed the same diet. So, give your coffee cat.
  • In Hokone, Japan there is a spa that allows customers to bathe in coffee. For around 2,800 Yen you can have coffee poured into your bath.
  • A 2008 study in Sweden’s Lund University demonstrated that coffee can actually lower the risk of breast cancer. That’s for women who have a variant of the gene CYP1A2 – don’t ask us how you find whether you have that gene.
  • Burham University conducted a study in 2009. Psychologists observed that students who drank three or more cups daily were three times more likely to hear voices.
  • The most northernmost land mass on Earth is called Coffee Club island. Discovered by Robert Peary in 1900, the island wasn’t named until Danish Explorer Lauge Koch was creating a map of the area. He supposedly named it after an informal coffee club of geographers.
  • Coffee can actually help you ease your headache. Some research suggests that if the drink is consumed at an early stage in a headache, it can prevent it from becoming worse. Substances like caffeine constrict blood vessels and help fight the painful effects of blood vessel dilation in the head.
  • There’s a Starbucks cup in every scene of the film Fight Club. The company were obviously fine with featuring so prominently in the film.
  • One study suggest that “for each cup of coffee they drank per day, participants were 22 percent less likely to develop alcoholic cirrhosis”. Another study in Italy suggested that drinking coffee can reduce chances of liver cancer by up to 40 percent!

So what are you waiting for? Go make yourself a cup!

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