The history of coffee spans centuries and proves to be quite interesting. From the discovery of coffee to its wide-ranging properties, I bet one of the following facts will shock you:


Coffee dates back to 800 A.D.

An Ethiopian goat herder noticed caffeine affected his goats when they appeared to dance after eating the fruit of the Coffea plant.

Coffee beans classify as seeds

Coffee beans, the pits of cherry-like berries, grow on flowering shrubs, and we call them “beans” because of their legume resemblance.

Two main types of coffee beans

Coffee growers primarily plant Arabica beans. Robusta beans, the second most common, contain more caffeine and taste slightly more bitter.

Brazil produces the most coffee in the world

According to the International Coffee Organization, Brazil grows about one third of the world’s coffee supply and about twice as much as the second-place coffee producer, Vietnam.

Only two U.S. states grow coffee

Kona coffee from Hawaii reigns as one of the best gifts from the U.S. to the world. And California recently joined the coffee business with dozens of farms, making premium blends.

The highest consuming coffee lovers live in Finland

According to the International Coffee Organization, the average Finn adult consumes 27.5 pounds of coffee each year. In comparison, the average American adult goes through 11 pounds.

Coffee drinkers can live longer

According to Harvard Health Publishing, three to four cups of coffee per day can help prolong life and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson’s.

Decaf doesn’t mean caffeine-free

According to the Mayo Clinic, an eight-ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee supplies two to 12 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison, a regular cup of coffee contains 95 to 200 milligrams.

“Coffee” origin

Qahwah in Arabic became kahveh in Turkish which became koffie in Dutch and then became coffee in English.

Starbucks and Dunkin’

Even with more than 29,000 locations worldwide, Starbucks opens an average of two stores every day. And with 25,000 different ways to order coffee, Dunkin’ sells 2 billion cups of coffee per year.


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