10 Ridiculous Facts About Coffee

It’s a morning, noon and evening beverage for millions of people around the world, on a daily basis. Some countries love the caffeine hit so much they drink more than 10kg of the stuff per year, especially the Scandinavian countries such as Sweden, Denmark, Norway and particularly Finland, surely this has some connection to long, dark cold winters, leaving the locals craving a stimulatory ‘pick-me-up’?

Our friends at The Coffee Bazaar, are coffee enthusiasts to the core and they’ve put together a fun list of quirky coffee facts that shows just how popular this drink is around the entire globe.

  1. It’s Black and White – coffee slurpers in the USA are keen on cream and sugar to the tune of 65% of the nation with 35% of American’s taking their coffee ‘as it comes’ or black.
  2. Did you know? There are over 50 different species of coffee grown around the world but we only usually drink 2 varieties – the arabica (mild and aromatic) and robusta (bitter)…
  3. The mega coffee chain Starbucks hails from Seattle in the USA. Probably no surprise that Seattle also has the highest coffee shop per local with 15 coffee shops per 10,000 people.
  4. Wowsers – 54% of American’s drink coffee every day. That’s a heck of a lot of ‘Joe’ being drank. There is an estimated 400 million cups of Joe drunk every day in the USA.
  5. Shepherds in Ethiopia first noticed the effects of caffeine when their goats became a little uppity after eating coffee berries! From the 9thCentury a local monk made a drink with these berries and the coffee as we know it was born.
  6. Given the special climatic conditions needed to grow coffee beans, there is a well known coffee belt – that space between the Tropics of Capricorn and Cancer is where you’ll find all coffee plantations.
  7. It’s thought coffee is the 2ndmost traded commodity in the world behind oil, or is it?
  8. The term a ‘cup of Joe’ is derived from the American GI Joe’s in WW2, who were often seen gulping coffee throughout the war.
  9. In Italian, ‘espresso’ means when something is forced out!
  10. Brazil produces almost 40% of the world’s coffee, which is double the output of Colombia and Vietnam who reside in 2nd and 3rd.