Coffee, as a world commodity, is second only to oil.
The average annual coffee consumption of the American adult is 26.7 gallons, or over 400 cups.
Jamaica Blue Mountain is often regarded as the best coffee in the world.
Coffee was first known in Europe as Arabian Wine.
Dark roasted coffees actually have LESS caffeine than medium roasts. The longer a coffee is roasted, the more caffeine burns off during the process.
Hard Bean means the coffee was grown at an altitude above 5000 feet.
Hawaii is the only state of the United States in which coffee is commercially grown.
In 1727, as a result of seedlings smuggled from Paris, coffee plants first were cultivated in Brazil. Brazil is presently by far the world’s largest producer of coffee.
In Japan, coffee shops are called Kissaten.
In Sumatra, workers on coffee plantations gather the world’s most expensive coffee by following a gourmet marsupial who consumes only the choicest coffee beans. By picking through what he excretes, they obtain the world’s most expensive coffee -‘Kopi Luwak’, which sells for over $100 per pound.
Italians do not drink espresso during meals. It is considered to be a separate event and is given its own time.
Japan ranks Number 3 in the world for coffee consumption.
Large doses of coffee can be lethal. Ten grams, or 100 cups over 4 hours, can kill the average human.
October 1st is the official Coffee Day in Japan.
Over 53 countries grow coffee worldwide, but all of them lie along the equator between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa.
Regular coffee drinkers have about one-third less asthma symptoms than those non-coffee drinkers. So says a Harvard researcher who studied 20,000 people.
Roasted coffee beans start to lose small amounts of flavor within two weeks. Ground coffee begins to lose its flavor in one hour. Brewed coffee and espresso begins to lose flavor within minutes.
Scandinavia has the world’s highest per capita annual coffee consumption, 26.4 pounds. Italy has an annual consumption per capita of only 10 pounds.
The average cup of coffee contains more than 1000 different chemical components, none of which is tasted in isolation but only as part of the overall flavor.
The French philosopher, Voltaire, reportedly drank fifty cups of coffee a day.
The United States is the world’s largest consumer of coffee, importing 16 to 20 million bags annually (2.5 million pounds), representing one-third of all coffee exported. More than half of the United States population consumes coffee. The typical coffee drinker has 3.4 cups of coffee per day. That translates into more than 450,000,000 cups of coffee daily.
There are about 30 milligrams of caffeine in the average chocolate bar, while a cup of coffee contains around 100 to 150 milligrams.
When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield consumable fruit.
After the decaffeinating process, processing companies no longer throw the caffeine away; they sell it to pharmaceutical companies.
A scientific report form the University of California found that the steam rising from a cup of coffee contains the same amounts of antioxidants as three oranges. The antioxidants are heterocyclic compounds which prevents cancer and heart disease. It’s good for you!