The legend goes that goat herders first noticed the effect that coffee could offer around 800 AD. They watched as their goats appeared to 'dance' after eating the fruit of the Coffea plant. With a building curiosity, upon hearing of such a plant, a local monk used the produce to make a drink. He found that it kept him awake at night.
The first cup of caffeine had been consumed! It would only take another 1170 years for the first Starbucks to open...
This brought about further issues, however. Due to its supposed ties to rebellious and religious sentiment, the Swedish government outlawed both coffee and all related paraphernalia. Basically, if you owned a coffee cup, you could look forward to a stint in jail.
This method provides a robust flavour, but only a small amount can be produced at a time. As such, the stuff is pricey. A single cup will cost you around £40 when available. At present, this is the most expensive bean in the world.
In order to build this giant cup, some fifty people worked on the project for a month straight.
This potent cocktail caused a rapid and irregular heartbeat that disturbed the flow of blood and lead to low blood pressure, loss of consciousness, and death. Toxic levels that can lead to fatal overdoses are the equivalent of 30 cups of coffee within an hour.
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