Coffee facts

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Going back in time, we’ve seen that coffee is not just a drink. It’s a means of social interaction. People gather together to share information, meet with friends and colleagues, go on dates, gossip, and just enjoy each other’s company.

In North America and a lot of Western European countries, the major chains have dominated the market because they provide customers a complete experience around coffee. Coffee and friends, coffee and work, coffee and snacks, coffee to go! There’s the Irish mix with whiskey called “Irish Coffee”. In Italy the invention of espresso and the espresso machine made it the favorite whole-day beverage of Italians. In Greece, there is the “kafenio”, an old fashioned coffee shop for old gentlemen, where they drink Greek coffee and exchange political ideas or they play cards and a board game called “tavli”. And in some countries, like Colombia or Brazil, the whole economy is based on coffee.

That makes us really curious to know more interesting facts about coffee as a commodity, as a beverage and as a part of everyday culture.

10 interesting facts about coffee

1. Second largest trade commodity in the world

Coffee is consumed in such great quantities, it is the world’s 2nd largest traded commodity, surpassed only by crude oil. It is our most beloved beverage after water. It’s worth well over $100 billion worldwide.

2. Coffee was discovered by a goat herder

It is said that coffee was discovered by a goat herder in Ethiopia in the 1500’s. He saw his goats eating coffee cherries. Afterwards, he observed that they gained a high amount of energy and they didn’t sleep at night.  The herder shared his findings with local monks. After they made their own drink from coffee beans, they realized they could stay up all night and pray. Word spread and soon reached all across the civilized world.

3. Add cream to keep your coffee warm

Coffee stays warm 20% longer when you add cream. You’ll have to ask a professional about the science behind this one!!

4. ‘Divorce on account of terrible coffee’

In ancient Arab culture, apparently still applicable in Saudi Arabia, woman can allegedly find legal ‘grounds’ (get it?) for divorce if her husband fails to bring her fresh coffee in the morning.

5. Italian “expresso”

The word espresso comes from Italian and means “expressed” or “forced out”. Espresso is made by forcing very hot water under high pressure through finely ground, compacted coffee.

6. Coffee is a fruit

Coffee beans grow on a bush. They are in fact the pit of a berry, which makes them a fruit.

7. Beethoven loved coffee

Beethoven was such an ardent coffee lover that he’d count 60 beans per cup before making his brew.

8. The most expensive coffee is made from cat poop

“Kopi Luwak” is the most expensive coffee in the world. It comes from Indonesia and is made from beans digested from the Asian Palm Civet. In other words, it comes from cat poop.

9. There are two types of coffee

Arabica coffee was originally cultivated on the Arabian Peninsula, hence the name. Robusta coffee is a more hardy plant but contains double the amount of caffeine.

10. Europe loves coffee

According to the International Coffee Association, Europe imports more coffee than the USA. Also, Brazil is the lead exporting country in coffee.

Enjoy your cuppas today!