If you’re a coffee drinker, these little known facts will make your go-to morning beverage even more satisfying. For many of us, coffee is the reason we get out of bed in the morning. Our day cannot officially begin until we have had our first cup of coffee. Coffee is a huge industry that people around the world contribute to.
What is it about this drink that makes us come alive and face the day? Is it just the caffeine or are there other properties that make this drink unique to all others?
Espresso, Cappuccino, Decaf. However you may like it, no one can make it to the end of the day without this drink.
As it turns out, coffee has an extensive and colorful history. Here are some facts about your morning cup of joy you probably didn’t know about:
- Coffee has been around for over 11 centuries.
- The coffee bean is actually a seed inside a bright red berry.
- Coffee was banned 3 times in history: Mecca in the 16th century, by Charles II in Europe in 1675 and Fredrick the Great in Germany in 1677.
- Finland drinks the most coffee per capita in the world.
- Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth after oil.
- Coffee was discovered by a goat herder.
- The majority of coffee is produced in Brazil. It produces 40% of the world’s coffee.
- Studies have shown that drinking coffee may lower your risk of depression. A study by Harvard found that women who drank 4 or more cups of coffee a day had a 20% lower risk of depression.
- Finland is the world’s coffee king.
- Coffee helps to prevent Alzheimer’s, heart disease, type 2 diabetics and Parkinson’s.
- 2 Billion cups of coffee are consumed every day worldwide.
- 1/3rd of the tap water used for drinking in North America is used to brew daily cups of coffee.
- Water is the only beverage more popular than coffee.
- The average coffee drinkers consume 3 cups of coffee per day.
- The first webcam ever watched a coffee pot.
- It takes 100 beans to make 1 cup of coffee.
- It takes 5 years for a coffee tree to mature enough to produce its first crop.
- 1 cup of coffee contains an average of 100 mg of caffeine.
- 65% of coffee is consumed at breakfast.