"Did You Know?" Interesting facts about coffee, caffeine and coffee substitutes

We love our "Did You Know?" section in this blog and are always on the look to learn more interesting things about coffee, caffeine and coffee substitutes, so enjoy more "Did you know?" facts. 
  • Did you know that the term “Coffee Substitute” was first used in English in an article titles: “Food and Food adulterants” by H.W. Wiley. Adulterants (such as chicory, dandelion roots, grains and beans) were widely used in coffee in the 1800s and the early 1900s.
  • Did you know that caffeine in plants acts as a natural pesticide and herbicide. Did you know that the the term “Soybean Coffee” was first used in English by Piper and Morse in the classic “The Soybean”. It is the title of a section in the book.
  • Did you know that “Postum” is a powdered roasted grain beverage often used as a coffee substitute. The caffeine free beverage mix was created by Postum Cereal Company founder C.W. Post in 1895 and marketed as a healthy alternative to coffee. Postum was one of the early coffee alternatives made in the USA.
  • Did you know that drinking your caffeine rich coffee takes only 15 minutes to kick in - and hours to get out.
  • Did you know that the world’s first webcam was created to keep tabs on a pot of coffee. Namely, the pot of coffee in the “Trojan room” computer lab at the University of Cambridge. The webcam was created to help people working in other parts of the building avoid pointless trips to the coffee pot by providing, on the user's desktop computer, a live 128×128 grey scale picture of the state of the coffee pot.

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