Starbucks, International Coffee Organisation, United States discussed on Part-Time Genius

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At least it's not acidic. Batum water. I don't know. I feel like we have to pause for just a second in checkout. Tristen facial expression because I'm gonna say based on that alone. It's probably a pretty fair description. But anyway, you know, today's show isn't just. About Tristan's quest for this pricey Cup of nasty coffee, and I will say it's pretty telling that, even such a niche variety of coffee can attract an audience, and that's because coffee in general has become such a ubiquitous drink and today, it's consumed in one form or another in just about every region on the planet. But it hasn't always been that way. And in fact, you know, when you compare it to the two most popular hot beverages in the world. That's of course, you know, tea and hot chocolate coffee is the youngest by far. And you know, the history is only about a third as long as you know, these others that we were talking about. So anyway, with that it might we thought we'd take a look at just how far coffee has come. And of course, why people all across the globe can't seem to get enough of it. You know in college I was in someone's car and the break really hard, and I ended up spilling coffee on my nice white shirt. So I had this immediate idea for an invention which is clear coffee like if you can make purple catch up in crystal Pepsi, like why not clear coffee. It doesn't stain your teeth through shirts. And I really thought it was genius. I'm sure I talked your ear off about. Oh, yeah. I remember you talking about this. And honestly every single person I tried to tell about this was totally underwhelmed like, especially chemistry majors just were unenthusiastic. It was a little like you're putting truck idea where cement truck would come around like an ice cream, truck and just dispense putting into kids heads. I mean, you have to admit though, mango idea still pretty genius. I know and so is clear coffee, and I can't wait to get the series on both of those. But after regular old Brown coffee. So one thing we should get out of the way right up front is who likes coffee, the most or at least who drinks the most of it. And while the US might seem like a safe bet given the size of our coffee cups, and the way we're never more than thirty feet from a Starbucks at any moment, according to the latest stats from the International Coffee Organisation. Do US doesn't even crack the top twenty when it comes to per capita consumption. And that's what she's saying something because the two thousand fifteen Gallup poll. All found that sixty four percent of Americans drink at least one Cup of coffee per day, and two point seven cups on average and not only that we also consume a little over. I believe it's nine pounds per capita every year. Wow. So nine pounds per person. And we're still not even in the top twenty. I mean, I feel like these other countries must just be like main lining commune how much could they possibly be drinking? Well, Finland toffs list with each person consuming about twenty six and a half pounds of it every year, and the other Nordic countries aren't too far behind I in fact, Norway Iceland, Denmark, the Netherlands and Sweden all round out the top six, and that's what they're citizens downing between eighteen and twenty two pounds per person per year. You know, I feel like this is the third of the fourth time that Scandinavian countries have dominated list like this. You know, thinking back to some of our previous episodes. They have the happiest citizens. They eat the most chocolate, I think they have been prisons. And and now they drink the most coffee like what's going on here? Well, I mean, we are talking about some pretty chilly countries here. So they probably just need all the help. They can getting through those long dark winters. Oh, well, you know, I feel like at least we're number one in something, and that has to be the number of Starbucks because I can't imagine any other country has beat on that at least on the per capita this slow I hate to break, your heart your because I actually thought the same thing. I I thought we had starbuck's domination as well. But Monaco edged as out a few years ago, Monaco, they currently have a fifty two Starbucks branches per one million citizens compared to our forty one. So I guess we're number two in Starbucks. But now that we've established how much everyone loves the stuff. Well. Why don't we talk about where coffee comes from? And how we wound up drinking it in the first place. Well, I mean, it's a nice idea. But it's kind of easier said than done, you know, as we were starting to do our research on this. I just googled origins of coffee. And of course, got something like twenty million results and even just clicking around through a handful of these. I do get this feeling that there's not a lot of consensus in the history of coffee and we've run into this before whether we were looking at the origins of chocolate or cheese at it really is tough to pin down wear and win a staple food. Like this got it's got its start. Yeah. I mean, that's definitely true. And the specifics are pretty hazy. But thankfully, there's some broad points that most historians agree about, for instance, we know the coffee plan originated on the plateau of Ethiopia, and that's actually because it tends to spontaneously grow. They're like, no place on earth. And in fact, the region in question is even called kaffa. You know, we're not sure of coffee took his name from the region or the other way around, but it's definitely. Linked somehow, you know, it was fun and reading about some of these origins. And yeah, you see these stories that go back to this old Ethiopian legend, I think we may have talked about this one before. But it's this story about this goat shepherd named caldy or AK. The, you know, the happiest herder in happy Arabia, and the reason for his happiness was that one day called the noticed his goats. It started dancing and jumping all over the place any notice that they've been eating the fruits and leaves of this certain Bush so naturally called he gets curious, and he goes over Desai's, the try some of the fruit from self. And of course, he he feels this big burst of energy and immediately started sharing these magic beans with his friends and family, and this is something that supposedly happened around eight fifty c e but again, nobody really can say for sure. So I honestly love how many discoveries are goat. Based like there's a legend about a blind go walking through a thorn and carrying his cataracts. And that's how we started cataract operations. I want to say there's like a goat herder who went to look. For his missing goat. And that's how we discovered the Dead Sea scrolls like we allot to go. Then. All the productivity that comes from like coffee from Balzac to Beethoven to the velvet revolution to musicians to politician staying up late to craft laws academics meeting deadlines. Like, I mean,

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