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Joe. Java. Fix. Whatever you call it, coffee is something nearly everyone drinks can’t get enough of. You might lap this drink up like mother’s milk, but there’s more to coffee than you may know.

Bibium loves coffee, as is evident from its high-quality coffee and coffee machines. They’ve created this quiz based on five weird things you probably had no clue about coffee

Question #1: Fancy animal fat with your coffee?

The nomadic Oromo of Ethiopia would take ground coffee beans and animal fat sometime in the first millennium and make energy bars. In other words, the pre-cursor to the coffee-drink revolution today.

Question #2: The NYSE was a coffee house

True, before it became the stomping ground for sweaty men in suits, the New York Stock Exchange began as the Tontine Coffee House in 1794. It burned down in 1835, but before then, it was the meeting place of brokers, merchants, and politicians.

Question #3: Coffee is the devil’s work!

It was either Pope Clement VIII or Pope Clement VIII who supposedly grabbed their pompoms and cheered for coffee after being approached by anti-coffee fanatics. Asked to ban coffee, the Pope took one sip and allegedly proclaimed: “This drink is so delicious that it would be a sin to let only misbelievers drink it! Let's defeat Satan by blessing the drink, which contains nothing objectionable to a Christian."

Question #4: Which animal loves coffee?

Coffee cherries are something elephants never forget – because it’s their favourite snack! The fruit (they’re actually seeds!) are regularly harvested by elephants looking to get their own fix. Even more bizarrely, some people harvest the seeds of the cherry from elephant dung and sell if for $500 per pound. It’s known to have a smooth, caramel taste to it. Uh, yum?

Question #5: World’s oldest cat drank coffee?

Reportedly the oldest cat called Crème Puff – who lived to be 38-years-old - was fed coffee every morning. Along with bacon, eggs, and broccoli, it’s clearly the fountain of youth diet.

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