Coffee makes the world go round. From helping us wake up every dreary Monday morning to helping us get our work done faster, coffee is an essential part of people’s lives all over the world. Though coffee may be part of your daily routine, do you think you know all there is to know about the caffeinated wonder drink?
According to legend, shepherds in Ethiopia first noticed the effects of the caffeine in coffee when they saw their goats acting frisky after eating these coffee berries.
After the effects of caffeine were discovered in coffee beans, it was common for people to eat them beans, rather than drink a product made from them – tribes in Africa mixed coffee berries with fat to form edible energy bites.
Today coffee is cultivated to be traded around the world.
Though in nature coffee trees can grow to be 30 feet tall, farmers grow them to 10 feet for easy picking.
The coffee bean is actually a seed inside of a bright red berry.
Coffee is now the second-most traded commodity on Earth, with all coffee being grown in the “Bean Belt,” the area between the Topics of Cancer and Capricorn.
Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee, so the U.S. imports over $4.1 billion worth of coffee each year. This doesn’t mean that the Americas aren’t big coffee producers, though: 40% of the world’s coffee is produced by Brazil and Colombia.
Coffee was the first food to be freeze-dried.
Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year.
It took a team of eight people about three hours to recreate the Mona Lisa with 3,604 cups of coffee in Sydney, Australia in 2009. Different shades were created by adding milk in varying amounts with some receiving none, little or lots of milk to each cup of black coffee.
On average, men drink 1.7 cups of coffee each day while women drink 1.5. The French philosopher Voltaire is said to have drunk 50 cups of coffee per day!
In Italy, espresso is said to be regulated by the government because it is considered an essential part of daily life. In Italian, the word espresso literally means “when something is forced out.”
The first webcam was invented at the University of Cambridge to show campus researchers whether the coffee pot, located on a different floor from their offices, was full or empty.