March 17'

New from Tugboat, each week we are giving you a bit of tea and coffee trivia
Because you never know when you might need it.......

#17 42 Beans

It takes on average 42 coffee beans to make a perfect espresso.


# 16 Wild Tea

The tea plant is an evergreen, which can reach a height of over 30 feet if left to grow in the wild.

Wild Tea

# 15 Brazil

The production of coffee has played a pivotal role in the ongoing development of Brazil and continues to be the driving force for the country's economy. The plant was first brought to Brazil in the early 18th century by French settlers. With the rise in popularity of coffee among Europeans, Brazil quickly became the world's largest producer in 1840 and has been ever since.

# 14 Nice with ice

The first version of iced tea as we know it today, was made with green tea leaves, it was printed in 1879. Housekeeping in Old Virginia published a recipe by Marion Cabell Tyree calling for green tea to be boiled then steeped throughout the day. Finally, "fill the goblets with ice, put two teaspoonfuls granulated sugar in each, and pour the tea over the ice and sugar." Ms. Tyree also called for lemon in her drink.

Iced Tea

# 13 Student Efficiency

Their love of coffee and efficiency created the webcam.
In 1991, a group of Cambridge University scientists was so busy discovering and inventing, they came up with an ingenious idea to be more efficient. They set a camera on their work building’s coffee pot, streaming the footage live on the web so that they would be able to see if the pot was empty or not, saving themselves time and disappointment of a coffee-less trip.

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# 12 1662

Tea was introduced to England 1662, when Charles 2nd married Portugals Catherine of Braganze. Her dowry included chest of tea as well as regions of Bombay and Tangier.

# 11 Only In Vegas

Would you like a coffee? How about 2,010 gallons of it? That's how much coffee was used to set the record for the world's largest cup of coffee in Las Vegas. That equates to a staggering 32,160 cups of coffee. A gigantic coffee mug replica, complete with handle, to hold the liquid, was created. The cup took eight hours to brew.

Not only that they also set the record for iced coffee, why not? So they took out 100 gallons of coffee and carefully dumped 3,500 pounds of ice into the cup. (Guinness world record iced coffee must be below 45 degrees; the official temperature was 43.8 degrees.)


# 10 Caffeine Crash

You won't crash with tea!!
You are less likely to get a “caffeine crash” when you drink tea (as opposed to fizzy drinks or coffee). Why? The high levels of antioxidants in tea slow the absorption of caffeine, which results in a gentler increase caffeine in your system and a longer period of alertness with no crash at the end.

# 9 Crunchy Carrots

If you love carrots and you love coffee, then you’re in business! Your carrots will love you back if you share your old grounds with them at planting time. Before you sow carrot seeds, mix them with some old dried coffee grounds to give them an energy boost right from the get-go. You’ll get bigger and better produce with the added bonus of deterring pests that want to eat your carrots before you do. Sow your carrot seeds from march to July.

# 8 Iceland

Coffee in Iceland dates back to 1703, when Árni Magnússon a scholar received a quarter of a pound of coffee from a friend.
Around 1760, green coffee (unroasted coffee beans) had become a common product , people at Skálholt even made a porridge from the unroasted beans.
By 1850 nearly every home had their own roaster and grinder and by the end of the 19th century coffee was thoroughly intertwined with Icelandic culture.
Since then there has been no stopping them and they now hold the crown of being the third highest coffee consumers per capita in the world. Just behind Finland & Norway. Nordics like their coffee!


# 7 Slow Boat

Tea first arrived in Canada in 1716. It was imported by the Hudson Bay Company which was based in England. It took over a year for it to arrive.

# 6 Elephant

Black Ivory coffee is the most expensive kind of coffee on Earth, and it’s made from poop.
The most expensive coffee in the world is made from elephant dung, and it’s called Black Ivory coffee. It costs £40.00 per cup. Luwak, aka civet, coffee is made by feeding coffee beans to mongoose and then using its feces. It costs £130.00 per pound.

# 5 The Emperor & The Pot

According to a Chinese legend, tea was discovered accidentally by emperor Shen-Nung over 3000 years ago. The emperor set up camp with his entourage in the shade of a large tree. A fire was made and a pot with boiling water was prepared. The heat of the fire brought some of the leaves of the long branches of the tree to dry out. Suddenly, a fierce wind got up and blew some of the leaves into the pot with boiling water. The water turned golden and a delicious scent appeared. The emperor tried the drink and was delighted by the scent and delicious taste. Being immediately aware of the refreshing and invigorating effect, the emperor let out the sound "T'sa", meaning godlike so that, until today, "cha" is the name for tea in Chinese.

#4 Irish Coffee

This is one of many tales of the origins for Irish Coffee.

Invented in 1942, when a plane of American passengers was delayed because of bad weather conditions while leaving for Newfoundland. To warm up the passengers, airport restaurant chef Joe Sheridan decided to put some Irish Whiskey in their coffees. When asked by the passengers if he was using Brazilian coffee he replied ”No this is Irish coffee.” He then continued to put the coffee in a glass and topped it with single cream. 


According to legend, Ethiopian shepherds first realized the profound caffeinating effects of coffee when they noticed their goats started “dancing” after eating coffee berries. #coffeebean #legend 

Happy Goat


Everyone's favourite...
By the mid 18th c. tea replaced ale & gin as the drink of the masses to become Britain's most popular beverage. Very wise :) #tea


Tea bags were invented in 1908 in the United States by Thomas Sullivan. He created small silk bags to give sample of teas to his customers. Some of them thought that the bags were supposed to be put directly in the pot, like a metal infuser, rather than emptied out.
Thus the tea bag was created by accident ❤
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