31 Coffee Facts You Probably Didn't Know

Here at Finest of Coffee, we're some of coffee's biggest fans! The world's second most popular drink (can you guess #1?) is our passion, and in celebration of that, we've brought you...

31 facts you probably didn't know about coffee!

  1. Did you know? Coffee is the world’s second most traded commodity, coming second after crude oil.
  2. Coffee could kill you...eventually. Fortunately, it would take about 100 cups to do the job, so unless you’re sitting on a serious addiction, coffee shouldn’t hurt you.
  3. In the late 1600s, a group of women penned the Women's Petition Against Coffee that proposed coffee turned men into "useless corpses" and tried to get it banned!
  4.  Coffee makes a good pre-workout. Drinking a single cup can provide you with enough energy to get through your workout with lots of energy.
  5. In New York, they drink almost 7 times the amount of coffee that the rest of the country does!  
  6. In the ancient Arab culture, a man not providing enough coffee for his wife was grounds for divorce!
  7. The first coffeehouse opened in England in the 1600s, and the only women allowed inside were servers.
  8. Coffee is actually a fruit! The bean is the pit of a coffee cherry, dried and ground!
  9. Did you know? Famous composer Bach once wrote an opera about a woman addicted to coffee.
  10. Brazil produces one-third of all the coffee drunk in the world.
  11. There is a spa in Japan that lets you bathe in coffee!
  12. One single coffee tree produces enough coffee to fill a one-pound bag over the course of a year! Talk about a slow drip.
  13. No matter how much coffee you drink, caffeine will not help you sober up.
  14. It takes 3 to 4 years for a coffee tree to mature.
  15.  The very first webcam was invented at Cambridge University - to keep an eye on a coffee pot!
  16. Light roast coffee has more caffeine than dark roast coffee. The longer coffee is roasted, the less caffeine it has.
  17. Before coffee caught on in the US, beer was the traditional morning drink - because colonial Americans knew how to party.
  18.  Teddy Roosevelt consumed up to a gallon of coffee a day.
  19. The coffee industry employs as many as  24 million people worldwide!
  20. Tea was more popular than coffee in America until the Stamp Act. After  King George’s new taxes, the Boston Tea Party ruined tea for the US, and coffee became America’s hot beverage of choice.
  21. Coffee is the second most recognizable scent in the US, second only to the scent of burning wood.
  22. Did you know? Beethoven was incredibly particular about each cup of coffee he drank. Without fail, the musical genius insisted that each cup be made with exactly 60 coffee beans.
  23. According to 9th-century legend, an Ethiopian goat herder discovered coffee by accident when they started munching on coffee cherries - and acting crazy from the caffeine buzz!
  24. Coffee is the second most popular drink on earth. The only drink more popular than coffee? Water.
  25. They drink more coffee in Finland than in any other country in the world!
  26. Did you know? In a study conducted in 2009, it was found that regular coffee consumption may possibly help prevent dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
  27. The amount the average American spends on coffee? More than one thousand dollars. For that kind of investment, better make it good coffee!
  28. Ever opened a container of instant coffee and caught a whiff of that intense coffee smell? It’s fake! Most instant coffee has an artificial coffee scent added to the container right before it’s sealed.
  29. Before we learned to brew coffee beans with hot water, we used to chop up the coffee fruit and added it to animal fat, creating homemade energy bites. That’s right -coffee was originally a food!
  30. Ever heard of Voltaire? This French philosopher anecdotally never slept, subsisting on up to 50 cups of coffee a day!
  31. Of all 50 states in the US, Hawaii is the only state that commercially grows coffee!

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