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Coffee Facts You Need to Know

Coffee Facts You Need to Know

Coffee is a delicious and complex beverage, but how much do you know about your favorite cup of Joe? Here is some interesting information not to be overlooked about your beloved Java:

• 49% of coffee drinkers prefer this beverage because it is healthy.

• Coffee is the most popular drink globally, and over 400 billion cups are consumed on a yearly basis.

• Coffee is the second most traded commodity worldwide, next to oil.

• 25 million people worldwide are employed by the coffee industry.

• The average coffee drinker in the US consumes 3.4 cups per day, which equates to 26 gallons a year.

• Likewise, the average coffee drinker in Finland has up to 5 cups a day, which means that they are the largest consuming country in the world.

• Japan celebrates their official Coffee Day on October 1.

• The top five countries that grow coffee in the world are Brazil, Indonesia, Vietnam, Columbia, and Ethiopia.

• Brazil is the top producing coffee country globally, and they are responsible for up to 40% of coffee exports worldwide.

• Coffee actually contains more caffeine than espresso, with espresso having just one third of the caffeine content of a cup of Joe.

• A regular cup of coffee has 100 mg of caffeine, and the darker that the coffee is roasted, the less caffeine that it will contain.

• Black coffee in itself is a low-calorie treat at only 2 calories for 8 ounces of your cup of Joe.

• Coffee trees are highly delicate and can be damaged by frost. That is precisely why they must be grown in tropical climates along the equator, from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn.

• A single coffee tree can produce up to 2000 coffee beans.

• Coffee beans are not literally beans, but they come in a fruit form that looks like a cherry or berry.

• A coffee tree can live for up to 70 years!

• When a coffee tree is planted, it will take five years for it to mature to produce a crop.

• Within a single coffee fruit, two beans will grow.

• If three coffee beans grow within a cherry, it is said to be a sign of good luck.

• 75% of coffee produced worldwide comes from the Arabica coffee tree, which is preferred to the lesser quality Robusta tree.

• Robusta coffee beans are seen to be lower quality than Arabica coffee beans, but they contain twice the caffeine.

• Coffee houses were banned in England in 1675 by King Charles II. He felt that coffee houses were a place for people to plot politically against him.

• Instant coffee was first invented in 1906 by a Belgian inventor living in Guatemala who later immigrated to the US.

As you can see, coffee is a complex and delicious beverage with a serious amount of trivia behind it. It's important to understand all about your cup of Joe so that you can truly appreciate it when you drink it!

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