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Aside from its cuisine, Italy is also known for its very good coffee. Not that Italy grows its own beans. It's just that the Italians have had a long history of roasting these golden beans into perfection. Anyway, you can try Italian coffee right in the Philippines by simply going to Caffe Puccini (Unit 12, Fort Strip, Global City, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City).

Owned by Italian restaurateur Señor Giorgio Pirona, Caffe Puccini serves authentic Italian dishes and of course, coffee of high-grade quality beans.

Since the subject of coffee is very dear to the heart of Señor Pirona, he shares a few surprising coffee facts that would make drinking coffee even more delightful. Here are a few:

  • It takes 42 coffee beans to make an espresso (coffee diluted in a very small amount of water).

  • Robusta coffee has twice as much caffeine than Arabica.

  • Among all major agricultural products of the world, coffee harvesting remains virtually untouched by mechanization.

  • Coffee comes from a small tree 15 to 20 feet high at maturity. It has shiny green elliptic leaves and white, fragrant flowers that bloom for only a few days.

  • Caffeine shortens reaction time, relieves tiredness, promotes speed and clarity of thought and improves idea association.

  • Caffeine can be removed from coffee by treating the green beans with chlorinated hydrocarbon solvents. Decaffeinated coffee emerged as far back as 1930.

  • Coffee drinking originated in East Africa. It was popularized in the 15th century by Arabs who had visited Africa and then brought the custom back home.

  • The word "cappuccino" is derived from "capuchin," a sect of Italian monks who wore hoods colored brown and white.

  • Coffee beans are roasted because the carbohydrates in green beans need to be heated to develop flavors.

  • It takes about 8,800 Arabica beans to make a kilogram of roasted coffee.

  • Coffee beans are similar to grapes that they are affected by the temperature, soil conditions, altitude, rainfall, drainage and degree of ripeness when picked.

  • Fruit-based flavors all mix well with coffee. Irish cream and hazelnut are the most popular whole bean coffee flavorings.

  • The most widely accepted legend associated to the discovery of coffee is the goat herder named Kaldi of Ethiopia. Around the year 800 to 850 A.D., Kaldi was amazed as he noticed his goats behaving in a frisky manner after eating the leaves and the berries of a coffee shrub. And of course, he had to try them!

  • The Arabica is the original coffee plant. It still grows wild in Ethiopia.

  • A four verse poem to coffee was written in Mecca in 1511. It was one of the firsts.

  • For reducing their wrinkles and improving their skin, the Japanese have been known to bathe in coffee grounds fermented with pineapple pulp.

  • Coffee was first known in Europe as Arabian wine.

  • The Europeans first added chocolate to their coffee in the 1600s.

  • Before the first French café in the late 1700s, coffee was sold by street vendors in Europe, in the Arab fashion.

  • The first commercial espresso machine was manufactured in Italy in 1906.

  • In Italy, espresso is considered so essential to daily life that the price is regulated by the government.

  • A barista is a respected job tittle in Italy.

  • Italians do not drink espresso during meals. It is considered to be a separate event and is given its own time.

  • "Latte" is the Italian word for milk.

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