18 Fun Facts About Coffee

Because I’ve still got a coffee hangover from my previous post, here’s a list of the most interesting, fun facts about coffee I’ve come across:

  1. Coffee is the most-consumed beverage in the world, with some 400 billion cups being drunk daily, worldwide.
  2. Unlike the younger baristas in Western coffee shops, the average age of baristas in Italy is 48, and being a barista is considered a highly respected profession.
  3. The great composer-musician Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a comic opera entitled “The Coffee Cantata” between 1732-1734 about people’s addiction to coffee.
  4. In ancient Turkish culture, bridegrooms had to vow to always provide their wives with coffee. Otherwise, it was grounds for divorce.
  5. Sept. 29 is “National Coffee Day” in the USA.
  6. The second place where coffee is most consumed is in the workplace.
  7. 91% of coffee consumed is taken at breakfast, most of the time because it is breakfast.
  8. George Washington – an English chemist living in Guatemala – claimed to have invented instant coffee in 1906.
  9. The world’s supply of coffee is grown in the “bean belt,” the area along the equator between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
  10. Coffee is the second largest traded commodity on earth, second only to oil.
  11. Plain black coffee with no add-ins contains zero calories.
  12. James Mason invented the coffee percolator on December 26, 1865.
  13. Coffee trees can live for up to 100 years, and can grow up to 30 feet tall, but are cultivated to grow shorter for easy harvesting.
  14. Melitta Bentz, a German housewife, was the first to come up with coffee filters in 1908.
  15. Two of history’s most famous revolutions were plotted in coffee houses: the American and the French Revolutions.
  16. The lethal dose of coffee is around 100 cups of coffee at one time.
  17. Lightly roasted coffee beans contain more caffeine than dark ones.
  18. Tipping waiters started in European coffee houses, where you had to pay big if you wanted good service and attention, as these coffee houses were usually noisy and chaotic.

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11. November 2012 by Zye
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