When you like two things, it’s natural to want to put them together, especially when it comes to food. That’s the case with peanut butter and jelly, milk and cookies, and cheesy potatoes. So with 54% of people drinking coffee daily, it makes sense to see what can be combined with that morning cup of joe.
Dunkin’ Donuts brought us apple pie coffee, Starbucks provided Guinness Draft coffee, and at CoffeeAM, you can pick up that spicy taco coffee. This information and other fun facts about coffee are in the infographic below, including types of beans, types of coffee and the best mugs and cups.
All commercial coffee comes from two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta. With about 70% of the world’s coffee production from Arabica beans, there is a good chance your coffee came from that bean. If you prefer blends or instant coffee, it’s likely your coffee came from the Robusta bean.
If your coffee comes from one of only two beans, where does that great flavor come from? It depends on how the bean is roasted and the extra ingredients added.
Ristretto, espresso, iced coffee, Americano, black coffee and long black are simple, made with espresso, water and espresso or coffee and water. Replace water with milk foam or steamed milk, and you’ve got a macchiato or flat white, respectively. Turn your flat white into a mocha by adding chocolate syrup and whipped cream.
A cappuccino combines steamed milk and foam with espresso, but if you add more milk than foam, you’ll have a latte. If you’re out on the town, order an Irish coffee. It’s made with coffee, sugar, heavy cream and Irish whiskey.
Once you find your favorite type of coffee, you’ll want to make sure you are using the best type of mug or cup.
If you want to have your coffee on the go, a double-walled metal coffee cup is right for you because it keeps the coffee hot, has a lid and prevents burns. Porcelain and ceramic mugs also keep the coffee warm, but don’t hold a lot. A traditional coffee mug is 2-3 times larger than a demitasse, but comes in porcelain, ceramic or earthenware.
There are some less expensive options, but you’ll have to decide if their environmental impact is worth it.
Paper coffee cups are produced by cutting down 20 million trees. Styrofoam cups are made from non-renewable petroleum and take 500 years to break down in a landfill. Plastic cups are rejected by most recycling programs.
Both paper and plastic cups can leach chemicals into your drink, while Styrofoam is considered carcinogenic. Those risks don’t seem worth the savings.
Wow, that was a lot to take in about coffee, but these coffee facts are just the tip of the iceberg! Want to know where those beans are grown, or the cost of the most expensive coffee? Check out the infographic above to find out, as well as more interesting coffee flavors. Chocolate banana coffee, anyone?