23 interesting facts about coffee

November 8, 2016

  1. 2 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day worldwide.

  2. German composer Bach actually wrote an opera about coffee.

  3. Humans started consuming coffee as food, not as a drink.

  4. Coffee ‘beans’ are not actually beans at all – they are a type of fruit. 

  5. There is evidence to suggest that humans realized how effective coffee was thanks to hyperactive goats.

  6. Coffee is the second most traded product in the world (after oil).

  7. New Yorkers drink 7 times more coffee than people in other cities.

  8. Coffee trees can grow up to 30 feet tall.

  9. There are 25 million coffee producers in the world.

  10. 65% of coffee consumption takes place during ‘breakfast hours’.

  11. Coffee is the second most popular drink in the world (after water).

  12. Brazil is the top country for coffee production (40% of the world’s coffee is grown here).

  13. Coffee was the first food to be freeze-dried.

  14. The most expensive coffee in the world is $500 per pound... and comes from dung.

  15. Coffee was banned in Sweden in 1746 (it’s OK now).

  16. Arabica and Robusta are the two principle species of coffee harvested today. Approximately 70% of the world's production is the Arabica bean.

  17. Robusta contains twice as much caffeine as Arabica.

  18. The Specialty Coffee Association of America estimated that there are 10,000 cafes and 2,500 specialty stores selling coffee.

  19. Dorothy Jones of Boston won the first licence to sell coffee in the US, back in 1670.

  20. An espresso actually contains a third of the caffeine in a regular coffee.

  21. Irish Coffee was invented to warm up American plane passengers leaving Ireland.

  22. French philosopher Voltaire is said to have enjoyed up to 50 coffees a day.

  23. A coffee pot was the subject of the first webcam, invented at The University of Cambridge to let people know if the coffee pot was full or not.

Bonus fact: You can now brew professional quality espresso at home, with the Flair Espresso Maker - available on Kickstarter

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