We thought we would bring you some interesting coffee facts so you can impress your fellow coffee lovers with your knowledge. Read, learn and impress. Let’s go.
1). Shepherds first discovered coffee in Ethiopia around 800 A.D.
The story is that some 9th century goat herders noticed the effect that caffeine had on their goats when they appeared to ‘dance’ after eating coffee berries. A local monk then made a drink with the coffee berries and found that he couldn’t sleep at night after consuming it, and there the original cup o’joe was born.
2). There are two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta.
Nearly 70% of coffee beans are Arabica. Robusta is less popular but has twice as much caffeine in than Arabica.
3). The majority of coffee is produced in Brazil.
Brazil produces 40% of the world’s coffee which is twice as much as Colombia and Vietnam who are in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively.
4). Erna Knutsen coined the term of ‘Speciality Coffee’ way back in 1974
Green coffee trader and Godmother of Speciality Coffee, Erna Knutsen coined the term of Speciality Coffee way back in 1974 when she wrote about her endeavours to deal with “small trade” in the Tea & Coffee Trade Journal.
5). The world’s most expensive coffee is $600 a pound.
It comes from the faces of a Sumatran wild cat. When the cat (which is called a Luwak) eats the berries, it’s unable to digest them, so they get fermented in the stomach. When the beans are secreted, they produce a smooth, chocolaty coffee.
6). You can overdose on coffee.
You would, however need to drink at least 100 cups to get near the lethal dose of caffeine.
7). Finland is the world’s coffee capital.
They drink the most of any country in the world.
8). Coffee could one day fuel your car.
Researchers have had great success converting coffee into biodiesel. What’s even better is that used grounds work just as well.
9). The average American spends more than $1000 on coffee each year.
Yet, it’s not the most caffeinated nation. As we learnt in number 7, Finland is.
10). In the ancient Arab culture, there was only one way a woman could legally divorce….
If her husband didn’t provide enough coffee. We think that’s fair enough really.
So there were our favourite coffee facts. Which was your favourite?