25 Jaw-Dropping Facts About Coffee You Need Right Now
25 Jaw-Dropping Facts About Coffee (You Need Right Now)
Coffee is by far one of the most widely consumed beverages in the entire world, with millions of people enjoy this life-changing beverage each and every day!
Coffee is not only a great tasting beverage, but it also has a wide array of interesting facts on its history, nutritional value, and the culture that surrounds it.
These 25 facts about coffee will separate you from the pack as a true coffee connoisseur.
25 Amazing Coffee Facts
1. Looking for the Purrrrrrr-fect cup of coffee? Cat cafés are extremely popular in Japan. At these cat cafés, coffee drinkers can enjoy their cup o’ joe while spending time with their feline friends in a welcoming space.
2. Speaking of cat cafés, drinking coffee can extend the lives of cats. In fact, the oldest living cat drank coffee regularly and lived to be 38.
3. Stop! In the name of Coffee Bean! Though it may seem like a harmless beverage, drinking coffee has been made illegal multiple times throughout history. Notably, it was declared illegal in Mecca in 1511 and in Germany in 1677.
4. I’m gonna pop some tags! Those who want to have a taste of the most expensive coffee in the world can take a sip of Black Ivory coffee, which is made from elephant dung and has a price tag of $50 per cup. (You can also find expensive coffee made from cat dung!)
5. Although they’re called coffee “beans”, they are actually fruit pits rather than beans. Definitely one of the most surprising facts about coffee!
6. Looking for a real jump start in the morning? The best time of day to perk up and reap the effects of the caffeine is by drinking coffee between the hours of 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
7. J’aime le café! Honore de Balzac, a French playwright, was known to consume 50 cups of coffee each day to gain the inspiration (and energy) to write.
8. It takes two to coffee. The two different types of beans that are used to brew coffee are Arabica and Robusta.
9. Thanks for the memories! According to various modern medical journals, you can reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease by becoming a regular coffee drinker.
10. It’s coming in hot! South Korea brewed the largest cup of coffee in the world in 2014, which was over 3,700 gallons.
11. The Aloha state brings a lot more to the table beyond nice sandy beaches and being the birthplace of Barack Obama. Hawaii is also the only state in the U.S. where coffee is commercially grown. Kona coffee grows well on the islands due to the climate along the equator.
12. Decaf coffee still contains trace amounts of caffeine. The average eight-ounce cup has approximately two to 12 milligrams of it.
13. The average person spends an approximately $20 each week on coffee, which adds up to $1,100 each year.
14. Instant coffee was invented by George Washington (no, not that George Washington), a chemist who experimented with dried coffee before he began selling Red E. Coffee.
Attribution: By New York Tribune [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
15. Wake up and smell the coffee! Studies show that by simply smelling coffee, it can be enough to help you wake up.
16. Although dark roast coffee tastes stronger, it actually contains less caffeine than lighter roasts. (Rule of thumb: the lighter the roast, the higher the caffeine content.)
17. Drink up! Coffee can reduce the risk of developing cirrhosis, which develops when severe diseases affect the liver, by 80 percent!
18. Speaking of 80 percent, that’s the same percentage of adults in the U.S. drink coffee on a daily basis.
19. Coffee was originally cultivated in Yemen in the 15th century. In fact, the word coffee comes from the Arabic word qahwa, which originally meant wine. Coffee was considered so sacred that Sufi mystics even used coffee in spiritual rituals.
20. An international phenomenon! Coffee is the second most traded commodity throughout the world, only second to crude oil.
21. Beyond helping you get through that 2:30 quarterly meeting; coffee contains many vital nutrients, including B12, manganese, potassium, and pantothenic acid.
22. America runs on coffee? Well technically, your car can run on coffee! Coffee can be converted into biodiesel, so it might be able to fuel your car in the near future!
23. Here’s a dark one: the lethal dose of coffee is consuming about 100 cups in one day for a 150-pound adult.
24. Although America may run on coffee, it doesn’t take the crown of the country with the highest consumption. That accolade actually goes to Finland, as the Scandinavian country consumes more coffee than any other nation in the world. Despite the high consumption, the country does not grow a single coffee bean.
25. Coffee was once chewed when the berries were ground together by African tribes. Animal fat was also added to create caffeinated treats that could be consumed as energy balls.