Amanda Norcross • May 04, 2021
Did you know the type of cup from which you drink your coffee makes a difference in the taste?
At Bean Box, we know a thing or two about coffee. These are some of our favorite—and most surprising—coffee facts.
According to several scientific studies, the color, shape and even the texture of our cup makes a difference in the way we taste coffee. For instance, drinking dark coffee from a white cup creates a strong contrast, making us think our coffee is stronger. Conversely, when we drink from a clear cup, many of us perceive the coffee to be lighter and sweeter.
Ever wondered what the actual difference between light roast and dark roast coffee is, and if dark roast is stronger than light roast? It turns out dark roast isn't any stronger than light roast; in fact, light roast often has a bit more caffeine in it!
If your coffee beans are too fresh, your coffee might taste sour. That's why most roasters let their coffee beans sit (or "settle") for a few days before using them.
We love using a French press—don't get us wrong. But with this brew method, it's easier for sediment to find its way into your cup and thusly into your stomach. If you're prone to stomach issues, try drip coffee or the pour over method instead.
Instead, the acidity in coffee refers to its flavor profiles.
Speaking of pH, bananas and coffee have about the same pH; bananas have a pH between 4.50 and 5.20, while coffee's pH falls between 4.85 and 5.10.
Some beans are formulated for espresso, but there's no such thing as an espresso bean. In fact, any coffee can be brewed as an espresso.
Poorly ground beans can lead to a bad cup of coffee. That's why a good grinder is just as—if not, more important—than the coffee machine you use. (Fresh coffee beans are also a must.) So which grinder should you buy? Learn the difference between blade and burr grinders and which one is right for you.
Flavanoids are antioxidant agents. And while red wine has its fair share of flavonoids and antioxidants, coffee (and dark chocolate) has more!
It's impossible for coffee to be completely caffeine-free, as caffeine is vital to the growth of coffee plants. Decaf coffee is usually about 97 percent caffeine-free, but never 100 percent.
There are many species of Coffea (coffee plants). Some don't have caffeine, and some grow in hot and wet climates. Not all of them taste good, either.
Think that shot of espresso will give you a better caffeine kick than coffee? Think again! A cup of coffee has more caffeine than a shot of espresso. By volume, espresso has only about a third of the caffeine in a cup of drip coffee.
Kona coffee is grown in Hawaii, and there are also parts of California where coffee is grown.
No, it's not the U.S.! Albania has more cafes per capita than any other country in the world.
Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway and Denmark hold the top five spots for most coffee consumed by person.
The average American coffee drinker drinks just over three cups per day.
The American and French revolutions were plotted in coffeehouses.
It's only second to oil.
Most of us won’t notice the difference, but cold brew may be ideal for coffee drinkers with sensitive stomachs.
It's called Black Ivory and it's made with elephant droppings. Kopi Luwak, which costs about $600 a pound, comes from a palm civet (not quite a cat, though many people call it that).