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In Indonesian cities, everything from modern coffee franchises to humble warung kopi (coffee stalls) can be found easily. It's a sign that coffee plays a big role in our lives, and is certainly more than just a drink.

For you, coffee fans, here are a few fun facts about coffee; don't forget your cup while reading this one.

The mysterious origins of coffee

If you have a certain interest in coffee, you'll recognize the story of a legendary Ethiopian man named Kaldi. According to myth, Kaldi was the person who discovered coffee. It was quite an unexpected finding, as he is said to have become curious after noticing that his goats got excited when eating coffee beans. Unfortunately, there is no documentation or evidence to support the tale.

However, most people know that coffee was very famous in the Middle East and Africa during its introductory phase. Now you can find coffee in every country around the globe.

Coffee lovers, here are some fun facts about coffee

According to legend, an Ethiopian man named Kaldi was the first person to discover coffee. It is said to have happened when he noticed his goats getting excited after eating coffee beans.(Shutterstock/-)

Coffee was prohibited

In the past few years, coffee has become part of the lifestyle in Indonesia, especially in big cities like Jakarta. Everybody drinks coffee to support their busy routines or to help them relax while reading a book. Coffee shops with unique and minimalistic concepts are everywhere. You might not believe it, but drinking coffee was not as easy in the past as it is today.

Some countries used to hate coffee. In Italy, for instance, priests were worried about the arrival of Muslim sultans who brought coffee to replace wine. After a while, coffee became one of the biggest parts of the Italian culinary culture. Coffee lovers, here are some fun facts about coffee

It is clear that coffee is a big part of Jakartans' lives, judging by the number of coffee shops scattered across the city.(Shutterstock.com/Sorbis/-)

Bach wrote music about coffee

Entitled Coffee Cantata, the composition tells the story of a young man named Lieschen who pleads with his disapproving father to accept his devotion to coffee, and was created by the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

It includes lines like: Ei! wie schmeckt der Coffee süße, Lieblicher als tausend Küsse, Milder als Muskatenwein (Oh! How sweet does coffee taste, better than a thousand kisses, milder than muscat wine).

Coffee lovers, here are some fun facts about coffee

Coffee Cantata was created by the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach. (Shutterstock/-)

Indonesia is among the best producers

Back in the day, Indonesia had an important role in introducing coffee to the US. The coffee market in the archipelago later dropped off because of a pest outbreak around the 1880s.

But it seems like we're back in the game again thanks to the existence of luwak coffee, known for being the most expensive coffee in the world.

Coffee lovers, here are some fun facts about coffee

Indonesia's luwak coffee is known as world's most expensive coffee.(Shutterstock/-)

The world's largest coffee consumer is...

New York City, the US. New Yorkers consume seven times more coffee than the rest of the world. That's why it's extremely easy to find coffee shops in New York — as easy as finding cigarette shops in Indonesia. (kes)

Coffee lovers, here are some fun facts about coffee

New Yorkers consume seven times more coffee than the rest of the world.(Shutterstock.com/Sorbis/-)

Published : June 18, 2016

By : The Jakarta Post Asia News Ne