20 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee

  1. Coffee is not grown anywhere in the United States except Puerto Rico and Hawaii.
  2. Approximately 50-60 countries around the world grow coffee. In general coffee is grown anywhere from the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn
  3. Americans consume over 400 million cups of coffee per day, or equivalent to 146,000,000,000 (146 Billion) cups of coffee per year; making the United States the LEADING CONSUMER of coffee in the world.
  4. More than 50% of U.S. adults drink at least one cup of coffee a day – but they are not the world’s largest coffee consumers. That honor belongs to Finland, followed by West Germany. Finland drinks about 5 cups of coffee per adult per day
  5. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world (oil is the first.)
  6. Brazil produces around 30-40% of the world’s coffee supply.
  7. Coffee has been used as a beverage for over 700 years.
  8. Black coffee with no sugar contains no calories.
  9. More than 20 million people worldwide, work in the coffee industry.
  10. October 1st is official “Coffee Day” in Japan
  11. 30% of coffee drinkers in US added a sweetener of some kind to their coffee
  12. There are two primary species of coffee plant: Arabica and Robusta. Arabica yields less coffee per year because it is hand picked, hence produces the best cup. Arabical beans are slower to mature because they are grown at higher altitudes with cooler weather. Robusta yields much more coffee primarily because they are grown at low altitude climates and are able to be picked by machine. Picking by machine allows all berries; good, bad, ripe, and unripe to be harvested, which is why Robusta coffee produces a more bitter cup. At JarBee Coffee we only use Arabica beans to ensure our customers receive only the highest level of coffee.
  13. Coffee beans are really berries. Each berry contains two beans (pips).
  14. A coffee tree lives for between 60 and 70 years.
  15. People who buy coffee primarily at drive through windows on their way to work will spend as much as 45 hours a year waiting in line.
  16. The average person who buys coffee outside the home office to consume at work will spend the equivalent of a round trip plane ticket every year.
  17. The expression “a cup of Joe” to denote coffee, was first coined during WWII, when American servicemen (G.I. Joe) were identified as big coffee drinkers. During World War II the U.S. government used 260 million pounds of instant coffee.
  18. While darker coffee roasts seem stronger than light coffee roasts, they actually have less caffeine than their lighter counterparts. That’s because some of the caffeine is removed when the coffee beans are subjected to high heat for longer periods of time during the roasting process.
  19. The coffee filter was invented in 1908 by a German homemaker, Melitta Benz, when she lined a tin cup with blotter paper to filter the coffee grinds.
  20. In the 16th century, Turkish women could divorce their husbands if the man failed to keep his family’s pot filled with coffee.
Posted by Brian Bychowski on September 21, 2009.

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