Facts About Coffee
- Coffee is the world's most widely taken legal drug, and second-most-traded legal commodity, after petroleum.
- In various times, coffee has been considered both an aphrodisiac and a sex inhibitor.
- 500 billion cups of coffee a year are consumed around the world, half of them at breakfast.
- Coffee is a green bean hidden in the red cherry of the coffee tree. Coffee beans are actually berries.
- The coffee-break was an advertising ploy to sell more coffee.
- Most coffee farmers have never tasted their own coffee.
- 27% of US coffee drinkers and 43% of German drinkers add a sweetener to their coffee
- The world's largest coffee producer is Brazil with over 3,970 million coffee trees.
- The two main types of coffee trees, Arabica and Robusta, can produce crops for 20 - 30 years under proper conditions and care.
- Over 53 countries grow coffee worldwide, but all of them lie along the equator between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn.
- With the exception of Hawaii and Puerto Rico, no coffee is grown in the US or its territories.
- Cowboys made their coffee by putting ground coffee into a clean sock, immersing it in cold water and heating it over a campfire. When ready, they would pour the coffee into tin cups and drink it.
- Both the American Revolution and the French Revolution were born in coffee houses.
- 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).
- Espresso has about 1/3 of the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee.
- One coffee bush yields slightly less than one pound of coffee per year.
- Coffee ripens unevenly, hence gourmet and specialty coffee must be picked by hand.
- Over 36 hands touch every coffee bean as it goes through more than 23 steps to get from the bush to your cup.
- Over 25 million people worldwide are completely dependent on coffee for their income. More than 125 million are dependent on coffee in some way.
- For every pound of gourmet coffee sold, a coffee farmer may receive between 12 and 25 cents. Only one cent of the price of a $2 cup of coffee goes to the grower.