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Fun facts about Cupcakes
• Cupcakes are over 200 years old, the earliest mention of cupcakes was in 1796. In the 1950's they were modernized and became what we know and enjoy today.

• In 2009 a 3-meter wide and 1,2-meter tall cupcake was baked. It weighed 555kg, and had 2 million calories. The smallest cupcakes are 1,5cm tall and 3cm wide.

• 13% of brides serve cupcakes at their wedding instead of traditional cake.

• In the 19th century "cupcake" defined cakes prepared using measurments of a tea cup. The original recipe was 1 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, 3 cups flour, and 4 eggs. They were also called "1-2-3-4 cakes"...

• Cupcakes? Muffins? Magdalenas? A cupcake is a sweet pastry covered by frosting and decorations, where the cake is flat, spongy and sweet. A muffin is a more compact pastry and has neither frosting nor decoration, thus less sweet. A magdalena is a type of cake that is less compact, made with oils and not decorated.

• The average cupcake has about 250 calories. You burn 250 calories by running, swimming or biking for 20 minutes, or hiking for an hour.

• Most popular cupcakes are chocolate, vanilla, carrot, oreo, caramel, and red velvet. Most unusual cupcake have flavours like bacon, beer, garlic, curry and french toast.

• The wedding cake has its origins in the tradition of breaking a large loaf of bread. After 150 years of using layered cakes, modern weddings use cakes made entirely with cupcakes.

• Paper liners were initially used only for baking, but in the 1930s decorative papers were introduced for serving, not just baking.

• The first carrot cake was created in the 1960s and 10 years later it became a popular dessert choice.

• In Canada the Red Velvet cake became very popular 70 years ago.

• "Let them eat cake" is wrongfully attributed to Marie Antoinette, the expression is much older.

• Variations of cake have been around for centuries. There was little distinction between bread and cake in Egyptian and Roman times.

Fun facts about other desserts and snacks
• Loaf cake, also known as a pound cake, back in the early 1700s was made with 1 pound each of sugar, eggs, and flour and butter.

• As of the 19th century American-style muffins are made without yeast, hence their nickname "quick bread".

• The word muffin derives from the old German word "muffen", meaning a small cake.

• The most popular sweet muffin varieties are with banana, chocolate chip or blueberry.

• The classic quiche originated in the French area of Lorraine while under German rule.

• The word quiche is derived from the German "kuchen" meaning cake.

• The largest quiche was made in 1997 in Paris and fed 125 people.

• Quiche became popular in North America in the 1950s.

• Salad comes from the Latin word "herba salta" (salted herbs) because the greens were seasoned with dressings containing lots of salt.

• Lettuce is a member of the sunflower family, and started out as a weed around the Mediterranean Sea.

• Leonardo da Vinci was the first artist to depict salad in his paintings (Leda, 1504).

• The famous medical practitioner Hippocrates started the practice of salad being served first, believing that raw vegetables went through the system easy, without obstructing any food that followed.

• The word sandwich is credited to John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich. Story has it that during a gambling event he asked a servant to put the meat from his meal between two slices of bread, so he can continue gambling with one hand.

• The longest sandwich was created in Italy in 2004, it measured 634 meters.

• Scones are believed to have originated from Scotland.

• The term "scones" has been first recorded in 1513.

Fun facts about coffee
• Coffee trees grow 9 meters tall. The bright red coffee berries are picked and dried untill only a green bean is left. Once shipped, they are roasted at 260C and double in size in a few minutes.

• It takes about ten minutes to start feeling the effects of caffeine after you take a sip of coffee.

• Arabica is drank by 70% of the population. Robusta has 50% more caffeine contents.

• Brazil is the largest coffee source, and produces both Arabica and Robusta variety.

• Coffee, together with water and tea are the most drank beverages in the world.

• Roughly 100 beans make one cup of coffee.

• Did you know that there are many factors that influence a good coffee drink? Beans freshness, storage and humidity, grinding process, pressure, coffee dosage, water quality and temperature, extraction time, equipment cleanliness, pitcher temperature, size and shape, milk temperature, steaming technique, serving time, ingredients order, pouring technique, presentation, etc. Canada Coffee works with experienced baristas, tasked with fine tuning all these factors to produce the best coffee in Alicante.

• The Italian term "barista" defines a person highly specialized in the preparation of coffee. To be a great barista there is a lot of theoretical and practical experience needed.

• Coffee can be also brewed without hot water. It's a longer process but it respects the natural flavor of the bean. In cold brewed coffee all acids and oils are preserved, and tastes sweeter and less bitter.

• Mocha refers to a beverage that combines chocolate and coffee. At Canada Coffee we offer Hot Mocha (with espresso shots), Iced Mocha (with cold brewed Arabica), and Mocha Frappe. Most popular flavours added to Mocha are Macadamia, Hazelnut, Mint, and Chocolate Cookie.

• Mocha is a sea port where trades of coffee took place. The Dutch brought coffee out of Mocha and introduced it to the rest of the world.

• White Mocha is also known as tuxedo mocha or zebra mocha.

• Cappuccino originates from Italy, where it is traditionally consumed with breakfast. In Italian "cappuccio" means hood, and refers to the deep layer of microfoamed milk sitting on top of the coffee.

• The term "macchiato" means stained. In a Caramel Macchiato or a Latte Macchiato the milk is poured first, stained by the coffee added afterwards.

Fun facts about tea
• There are about 1500 kinds of tea, derived from a few varieties: white, yellow, oolong, green, black and post-fermented tea leaves. The most popular is black tea, 75% of the world drinks it.

• The taste of tea depends on the temperature and taste of water, and the time they took to brew.

• Next to water, tea is the second most consumed drink in the world.

• Besides for a healthy drink, tea helps heal cuts, remove odors, and also can be a great fertilizers and floor cleaner.

• Over 3 million tons of tea is produced every year worldwide. China and India are the biggest producers of tea.

• Green tea is the most healthy, with Matcha being the healthiest. Instead of extracting it like regular teas, the Matcha plant is fine grounded and consumed, hence it's 10x richer in antioxidants, fiber and other nutrients.

• Cold brewing iced tea is the process of extraction that does not use hot water. It takes a longer time, but all nutritious components are retained: flavors, tannins, proteins, etc. The cold brewed iced tea is rich in vitamin C (150-300mg per 100g of tea leaves), B, E and K.

• Organic tea is free from preservatives, chemical additives or artificial flavors. The many minerals, vitamins and antioxidants provide numerous health benefits. These teas are environmentally friendly, totally free of pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and fungicides. They usually originate from certified controlled organic farming and fair trade.

• By the mid 1600s tea was getting popular in Europe, and the Dutch were taking their tea with milk.

• Although tea has a history of 5000 years, iced tea has only been used in the past 200 years, since the invention of producing ice.

Fun facts about chocolate
• The first chocolate beverage is believed to have been created by the Mayan peoples 2000 years ago.

• The Mayan "xocolatl" refers to a ritual beverage of the Yucatan area, and is translated as "bitter water".

• Cacao beans were so valuable to the Aztecs and the Maya’s that they were used as currency.

• A cocoa tree produces yearly about 2000 pods, each encasing 30-40 seeds. Fermentation changes their bitter taste into sweet.

• Dark chocolate contains more cacao so it is considered healthier than other chocolates.

• Chocolate contains phenylethylamine which triggers the same reaction that is produced when you fall in love.

• Chocolate is a valuable energy source. A single chocolate chip can provide enough energy for an adult to walk 50m.

• White chocolate is based on cocoa butter from the cacao plant, first produced in Switzerland in the 1930s.

• In the 1700s chocolate milk was sold in England as medicine!

Fun facts about other drinks
• The first smoothies were made in the 1930s, as soon as the blenders were invented, but only became popular 30 years later.

• Carbonated slushies are known as "Slush Puppies".

• The word "frappe" originates from the French word meaning shaken or stirred.

• Frappe was invented accidentally in Greece in the late 1950s and is now the most popular coffee among Greek youth and tourists.

• Lemonade was known 1500 years ago in Egypt as "qatarmizat", a mix between lemon juice and sugar.

• The first nations peoples of North America made their pink lemonade with berries and maple sugar.

• Lemons were brought from India to ancient Greece, they quickly spread across the Mediterranean, and Columbus brought them to Central America.

• Milk is unique because no other beverage in the world contains as many natural nutrients.

• "Coca Cola" is the second most widely understood term in the world, after "OK".