20.4.09

Coffee, anyone?

Growing up, I never did drink any coffee (or any of those hot drinks for that matter). I simply cannot “tahan” as a sip will resulted with me throwing up big time. So I only drink air kosong and fruit juices. Until I went to college where somehow, almost everybody drank coffee especially during exam weeks. As I wanted to be part of the “in” caffeine crowd (and I don’t smoke either, also cannot tahan), slowly I attempted to drink coffee. I started off with black coffee first (as coffee with milk still made my stomach queasy), and not long after I became a serious coffee drinker.

Then when I was already working, Delifrance opened in Klang Valley and along with it, I was introduced to Cappucino. And ever since, I became a Cappucino lover as well (but espresso never grow on me). Then when I got married, I found the beautiful woman I’m married to is a Nescafe addict. Wow. For the first few years of our marriage, she needed her Nescafe fix every morning but the wife has somehow managed to shake off the habit as now a sip of Nescafe would send her into severe gastric condition. I guess, it’s good for her!!!

As for me, today I’m a full fledged coffee drinker. I don’t see myself as coffee addict though as I drink only ice coffee in the morning, afternoon and at night. (sounds like in denial right?). But I don’t go for gourmet coffee la (of Starbucks variety)... that’s too damn expensive for me.

Which bring me to this site
http://www.squidoo.com/coffeefacts. Yep, that's right. The site features trivia about coffee. Imagine, coffee has influenced me so much so that I even google coffee in my spare time.

Anyway, like me, perhaps you can use these facts to impress your friends and family, probably. But, be prepared for their response being "get a life!"

Some of the interesting facts found in the website are:

* Only 27% of US coffee drinkers add a sweetener to their coffee (remembered once when I was on assignment in Hawaii, a nice American PR lady asked me how do I take my coffee. I answered,” Black, please!”. She then handed me the most bitter coffee I’ve ever tasted - kalau ya pun bubuh la sikit gula).

* The world's largest coffee producer is Brazil with over 3,970 million coffee trees.(okay I learned this like 30 years ago in Ilmu Alam)
* Coffee beans are really berries
* Most coffee is transported by ships. Currently there are approximately 2,200 ships involved in transporting coffee beans each year. (really!???)
* Over 53 countries grow coffee worldwide, but all of them lie along the equator between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn. (Malaysia is one of them, right?)
* Cowboys made their coffee by putting ground coffee into a clean sock and immerse it in cold water and heat it over a campfire. When ready, they would pour the coffee into tin cups and drink it. (eeewwww)
* Both the American Revolution and the French Revolution were born in coffee houses. (imagine a local revolution begins from a White Coffee Kopitiam)
* Turkish bridegrooms were once required to make a promise during their wedding ceremonies to always provide their new wives with coffee. If they failed to do so, it was grounds for divorce (pardon the pun).

Now, I’m thirsty oredy. Let’s go and have a cuppa?

16 comments:

Drama Mama said...

i never admit this before, but i AM a coffee addict too. morning, afternoon, night..coffee memanjang but no black coffee for me please! hahaha :-p

p/s: my mom's coffee is to-die for!

Pi Bani said...

I used to be addicted to Nescafe. Kalau kena tidur kat rumah orang lain and they don't have nescafe - alamatnya sakit kepala la for the day. But after slowly reducing my daily coffee consumption, now dah tak kisah. Orang bagi lah minum kopi ke... teh ke... milo ke... semua jalan!!

Zabs said...

Salam Mior,
Nescafe 3 in 1 satu!!!

Akmal said...

coffee ke? mana boleh tahan! :D
though I am not a dead without, it is still irresistible when you have one in front ler.
Penah terkena skali latte kat Starbuck. Sekarang tak dah :)

Anonymous said...

Mioq, you must check out ROBERT HARISS from New Zealand/Australia - God given to coffee...dulu ada cafe di One Utama and apparently Malaysian too hook up on Starbucks and Coffee Bean, business went down the drain...I cried when I discovered business was closed for good (yes - I do cry for food!!)- that was my main highlight in life ma :) Now i make my friend in New Zealand bring back the beans for me......he he he....So kalau mau have a sip of Robert Hariss, jemput lah datang Penang :)

Coffee is my main vice in life...only good coffee la otherwise I don't drink...like, I only get fat on good food....he he he

AAA

Neeza Shahril said...

masa neeza kerja di catering University masa belajar dulu, diorang letak decaf utk coffee biasa..
diorang kata, bukan ada beza pun rasa dia.. it's all in your mind.. hehehee...

Mior Azhar said...

Yah,
Kita sekelab ler ya.. really Mima punya kopi sedap... what if masa Yone kawin nanti kami dtg pi pekena seround.

Mior Azhar said...

Pi,
I pun sekrang boleh pekena anything but coffee juga still menjadi pilihan hehehe

Mior Azhar said...

Pak Zabs,
Coming right up, sir!

Mior Azhar said...

Akmal,
Its kopi biasa jer for me (with the exception of cappucino sekali kala). Tak pernah lak rasa latte... oooohhh ulunya

Mior Azhar said...

Wan,
Now that you mention it, okay we (as in family and moi) are coming to Penang hujung May nanti... boleh we come over for your Robert Harris la kan? ada berani.... hehehe

Mior Azhar said...

Neeza,
To me decaf is not coffee. Period.

Anonymous said...

since i was young, i was sooooo curious about coffee. since mama n abah drink a LOT. of coz i was never let upon the chance of even taking a sip coz well, im a kid.

when i entered sekolah menengah, i ambik la chance! theres no in thing about coffee for me but i drink it, my friends drink it.

i can drink any coffee but i prefer the ice-blended ones (very budak2 i know) coz malaysia so hot why wan drink hot drinks one.

im not a coffee-addict but a full-fledge drinker!

now i go out with abah on late-night coffee drinks if he's not going out with mama. ^___^

safia

Anonymous said...

Mioq....come come...dipersilakang.....nasib baik kasi tahu awai..boleh I start kemas rumah dari sekarang and by the time you all datang, ada tempat nak duduk...ha ha ha...:0..yesss...that bad.......:)

AAA

Mior Azhar said...

Safia,

Ayah Ngah only drink iced coffee kalau kat luar... only at home I drink hot coffee... tapi dah lama la tak minum iced blended cofffee.. tatau why?

Mior Azhar said...

Wan,
We are coming... we are coming... but most probably it'll be day trip kot... but the wedding is in the afternoon so after that ada cukup masa utk bersuka ria