Coffee, world consumption, 10 false myths to dispel

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We all agree: sipping a good coffee means spending time for yourself, sometimes taking a break and taking a break, an opportunity to meet between colleagues and friends.

First of all, some curiosities. It is estimated that around the world is consumed every year 4.5 kg of coffee per capita. But who are the biggest consumers in the world? Surprisingly, Finns, with about 12 kg of coffee per capita. The Italians, on the other hand, with almost 6 kg, are only in thirteenth place in the global rankingdespite the fact that Italy is considered the undisputed homeland of espresso coffee e the price of the cup in the bar in our country is one of the lowest in Europe. In the Nordic countries, a coffee in the bar can actually cost up to 3 euros, in Austria and Germany the price varies between 1.75 and 1.90, in France 1.60, in Spain 1.39, in Russia and Poland 1, 50 and Greece and Romania 1.30. Despite its popularity, however, little is often known about coffee, its various types, positive effects, origins and the work required for its production.

10 myths about coffee

SCA Italy it helps us dispel the false myths that revolve around coffee, focusing on the quality of the experience, from roasting to preparation at the bar.

Espresso is bitter

If we find a coffee that is too bitter, we must question the quality of the product. The more bitter a coffee is, the more it contains Robusta, which is a coffee variant generally less valuable thanArabica, which is instead prettier. In addition, the bitter taste can also come from a darker roasting, which is sometimes used to hide the poor quality of the coffee.

The suede is not washed

Moka, or Neapolitan coffee maker, is one of the most widely used tools for making coffee at home, which can intoxicate the entire room with its aroma. But the belief that you never wash your suede has been false ever since the fats and oils generated during the preparation of the coffee may remain in contact with the sides of the coffee maker for too long and therefore invalidates the taste of the coffee.

Coffee is bad for the stomach

Excessive use of coffee is often associated with negative health effects. And, of course, excessive use is not recommended, as with all beverages. Within certain limitsquality coffee is not bad for the stomach: its selection is a basic element and, if the processing and roasting process done correctly, it will not cause stomach upset. Keep in mind that Arabica coffee contains up to 3 times less caffeine than blends with Robusta.

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If the sugar flows, the coffee is good

Although it is true that espresso cream is a useful indicator for evaluation, it does not mean whether it contains sugar or not that the coffee is of quality. The important thing, however, is the consistency of the creamwhich must not be foamy and must not be excessive: the seal and the ideal consistency of the cream must instead be elastic.

The express must cost 1 euro

The cost of coffee in Italy is a “psychological” price, it is not based on the product. Suffice it to say that 1 € is what we paid for it ten years ago, while the real cost of coffee has continuously increased. What does this fixed price mean? That in order to maintain it, bars are forced to lower quality or cut staff.

Coffee can be drunk after the expiration date

Coffee is not eternal and its quality is in proportion to the time it is consumed: it is good to use it as soon as possible, especially if it is ground, to better enjoy its aromas. However it may be not recommended after 3 months from roasting.

The coffee can be stored in the refrigerator

There are several ways to store coffee. Many people claim, for example, that it would be better to keep it in the fridge: in fact not the best place because, although it slows down the process of modifying the organoleptic properties, it is moist and full of odors. To preserve the aromatic and organoleptic properties of coffee, it is important to keep it away from air, moisture, heat and light. Therefore, it needs a cool and dry place, free from sudden temperature changes and even better in vacuum-sealed containers.

Water should be drunk after coffee

Some people drink the glass of water after drinking their coffee, but is it really the right way to enjoy it to the fullest? Absolutely not. The most correct procedure would be to drink it first to erase any residue on the tongue or in the mouth, to be able to fully enjoy the taste.

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Coffee is always the same

Not all coffee is the same, behind every cup there is a story! Many types of coffee are grown in the world, varieties that differ from each other for several elements country of origin, processing methods, type of roasting and extraction – and on what taste, consistency depends. The impression of a uniform and flat taste is given by the sugar which affects the taste and flattens it.

If you are on a diet, avoid coffee

A cup of coffee, without adding sugar it gives a maximum of 2 calories. Not only does it make you fat, but coffee helps reduce hunger pangs.


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