Caffeine: Did You Know?

People have been enjoying caffeine in foods and beverages for thousands of years. Here is a quick glimpse of some of the little-known events in the history of caffeine:

The major natural sources of caffeine are coffee beans, tea leaves, cocoa beans and cola nuts

Tea was accidentally discovered nearly 5,000 years ago when leaves from a nearby bush fell into Chinese Emperor Shen Nung’s pot of boiling water Coffee beans were originally consumed as food and used as money

Spanish conquistadors were the first Europeans to enjoy chocolate, given to them by Aztec Emperor Montezuma in 1519 in the form of a drink

The world’s first caffeinated soft drinks were introduced in 1880

When it was first introduced, Muslims in Arabia used coffee to help them stay awake during prolonged religious vigils

Captain John Smith of England was the first person to introduce coffee to the Americas in 1607

In America in 1683, 12 ounces of coffee cost the equivalent of a full meal

The average Cafeto tree yields about 1 pound of roasted coffee per year

Bach once composed a “coffee cantata”

The first cafe serving coffee opened in Paris 1686

Caffeine becomes soluble in water at 175 degrees Fahrenheit

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