Coffee farmer picking coffee cherries at origin.

  1. Coffee is the world’s most widely consumed legal drug and the second-most traded legal commodity, right after petroleum.
  2. At various times, coffee has been considered both an aphrodisiac and a sex inhibitor. (We’re as confused as you are.)
  3. 500 billion cups of coffee per year are consumed around the world, half of them at breakfast.
  4. Coffee is a green bean hidden in the red cherry of the coffee tree. Coffee beans are actually berries.
  5. The “coffee break” was an advertising ploy created to sell more coffee.
  6. Most coffee farmers have never tasted their own coffee.
  7. 27% of U.S. coffee drinkers and 43% of German drinkers add a sweetener to their coffee.
  8. The world’s largest coffee producer is Brazil, with upwards of 3,970,000,000 coffee trees.
  9. The two main types of coffee trees, Arabica and Robusta, can produce crops for 20-30 years under proper conditions and care.
  10. More than 53 countries grow coffee worldwide, but all of them lie along the equator between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
  11. With the exception of Hawaii and Puerto Rico, no coffee is grown in the U.S. or its territories.
  12. Cowboys prepared their cup of joe by putting ground coffee into a clean sock, immersing it in cold water, and heating it over a campfire. When it was ready, they’d pour the coffee into tin cups and drink it. (Yum.)
  13. Both the American Revolution and the French Revolution were born in coffee houses.
  14. During their wedding ceremonies, Turkish bridegrooms were required to promise to always provide their new wives with coffee. If they failed to do so, it was grounds for divorce (pardon the pun).
  15. Espresso has roughly 1/3 the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee.
  16. One coffee bush yields slightly less than one pound of coffee per year.
  17. Coffee ripens unevenly, hence gourmet and specialty coffee must be picked by hand.
  18. More than 36 hands touch every coffee bean as it goes through more than 23 steps to get from the bush to your cup.
  19. More than 25 million people worldwide are completely dependent on coffee for their income. More than 125 million are dependent on coffee in some way.
  20. 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.