Outliers Coffee




Coffee is grown around the world in what is known as the “coffee belt” – a ring of coffee–producing countries situated between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. Each country and region produces coffee with unique characteristics, offering coffee lovers a world of variety and tastes. General conditions such as climate and soil contribute to a country or region's distinct flavour profile. In many of these countries people cultivate coffee, or at least pick the fruit from untended trees, where their fortune and well-being hangs in the little red cherries of the fragile coffee tree...


Coffee has no power to sober you up, it can actually make a hangover worse by dehydrating your body.

Despite the fact that Germany's King Frederick the Great was addicted to coffee, he considered a soldier drinking coffee to be untrustworthy. As a result of this he ordered the government to employ a special detachment, the " Kaffee Schnufflers" whose duty it was to search for illegal roasters and contrabandists.

Dark roasted coffee has less caffeine in it than medium roasted coffee. The longer the roasting process the more caffeine that burns off.

The "Boston Tea Party," was a midnight raid, in protest of the British Parliament's Tea Act of 1773, a bill designed to save the faltering East India Company by greatly lowering its tea tax and granting it a virtual monopoly on the American tea trade. A resistance  group, "Sons of Liberty", disguised as Mohawk Indians, boarded the English ships in the Boston harbor and dumped 342 chests of their tea into the bay. From this day forth a subtle prejudice against the cup of tea and a movement towards coffee began. Hence the United States consuming more coffee than tea.

In 1779 a Spanish Traveller, Navarro, brought coffee into Cost Rica from Cuba. Coffee is therefore not Costa Rica's native plant.

Keeping coffee in the freezer retains flavour is a misguided  belief. Keeping coffee in the fridge or freezer creates condensation, accelerating flavour loss. Rather keep the coffee beans in a cool dry place.

A study has shown that participants given caffeine showed heightened brain activity in the parts of the brain controlling memory and attention. The results suggest that coffee can enhance your memory.

The German musician, Ludwig van Beethoven, was a great coffee lover. He was so precise when brewing his coffee that each time he prepared it, he would count out exactly 60 coffee beans for his cup.

The phrase "cup of Joe" does not have a definitive origin, some believe that it originated from the  early use of the phrase "cup of George" and its evolution over time to "cup of Joe". During World War One all the instant coffee made by the "G. Washington's Refined Coffee" company was requisitioned by the US Army. Coffee was the most popular drink in the American Army camps and World War One American soldiers frequently called for a cup of “George” as slang for coffee.

In 1901, just-add-hot water "instant" coffee was invented by Japanese American chemist Satori Kato of Chicago. In 1906, English chemist George Constant Washington, living in Guatemala at the time, invented the first mass-produced instant coffee. Washington, after experimenting created "Red E Coffee" - the brand name for his instant coffee first marketed in 1909. "Red E Coffee" dominated the market for some 30 years.