25 Facts About Coffee- You May or May Not Know.
Coffee is the daily fuel of many people in America, with over 400 millions cups consumed in the U.S. in one day alone. You may think that you know all there is to know about the mighty coffee bean, but you’re in for a surprise! Take a minute to learn these little known fun facts about coffee.
1. Coffee is a fruit that grows on a tree. There are two seeds inside each coffee cherry which we refer to as beans. The coffee cherry will be completely red when it is ready for harvest. The whole cherry is then hand picked and sent through various processing methods.
2. Decaf coffee isn’t free of caffeine, though a single serving of decaf coffee usually contains less than 10mg of caffeine
3. Coffee plants holding just one pound of coffee require 2,500 gallons of water to grow.
4. It takes approximately 2,000 Arabica cherries to produce just one pound of roasted coffee. Since each cherry contains two beans, your one pound of coffee is derived from 4,000 coffee beans.
5. Coffee is said to be more complex in aromatic & flavor compounds than wine.
6. It is possible to overdose on coffee (but it takes drinking over 100 cups to ingest a lethal dose).
7. Coffee stays warmer for a longer period of time when you add cream.
8. Adding milk to coffee decreases stimulants, weakening the effects of caffeine.
9. The original definition of coffee, which came from the Yemen word ‘qahwah,’ means “wine.” In Turkey it was called kahveh, until the Dutch referred to it as koffie, where we get the English coffee.
10. Dark roast coffees contain less caffeine than lighter roasts.
11. Coffee can help prevent Alzheimer’s and dementia.
12. Coffee has great health benefits for your liver.
13. There have been five attempts to ban coffee in history.
14. The majority of the world’s coffee is harvested in Brazil.
15. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee for commercial use.
16. The energy benefits of coffee were originally discovered by 9th century goat herders that noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats.
17. After oil, coffee is the most traded resource on earth.
18. There are only two main coffee species: Arabica and Robusta.
19. The US consumes more coffee than any other country in the world.
20. The world collectively consumes nearly 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day.
21. A double shot of espresso contains less caffeine than a 12 oz. brewed coffee.
22. Although coffee was originally brought to New York City in the 1600’s, it didn't rise in popularity until the late 1700’s.
23. The average coffee tree only produces one to two pounds of roasted coffee per year, and generally takes four to five years to produce its first crop.
24. The vast majority of coffee is grown in the coffee belt - The equator region from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn.
25. In 1686 the first cafe serving coffee is opened in Paris - Le Procope... it is still in business today!