Next time you're having a coffee with a friend or a colleague at work, you can use some of these 10 fun facts about coffee to impress them!
1. The Most Expensive Coffee In The World Comes From Indonesia
And it goes by the name of Kopi Luwak. Those who drink it insist that it is heavenly. It is apparently made from coffee beans that are eaten, partly digested and then excreted by the Asian palm civet, a weasel-like animal. Supposedly, the internal digestion adds a unique flavor to the beans, which are collected from the animal's feces and sold to the ultra-rich. Kopi Luwak sells for over $600 a pound, which works out to $50 per cup of coffee.
2. Northern Europeans Are The Biggest Coffee Drinkers
Northern European countries love their coffee. In fact, they drink by far the most coffee in the world with Norway, Finland and Denmark leading the pack. The average citizen of those countries drinks 10 kilograms of coffee a year, which is 3 times as much coffee as people drink in the United States.
3. But Americans Are The Leading Coffee Consumer
Our European friends may drink more coffee than us, but the sheer size of the American market makes us the largest consumer of coffee in the world. On average, we consume 450 million cups of coffee per day, which adds up to over 150 billion cups consumed in an entire year! To satisfy our need for caffeine, we import a third of the world’s coffee production - almost 20 million bags of coffee a year.
4. Coffee Is (Not) The Second Most Traded Commodity In The World
It is often cited that coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after petroleum. It sounds good, but it isn’t accurate. Many commodities are traded for more value each year than coffee, including: petroleum, natural gas, copper, aluminum and gold. By some estimates, the global coffee industry is worth upwards of $60-$90 billion dollars a year, which is still very impressive.
5. Brazil Is The Largest Coffee Producing Country
No other country comes close to Brazil in terms of coffee production. Currently, Brazil’s coffee industry is responsible for 30-40% of the world’s coffee supply. After Brazil, Vietnam is the second largest producer of coffee in the world surpassing Colombia who now sits in third place.
6. Instant Coffee Was Invented By George Washington
Well, not the George Washington you’re thinking of though. Instant coffee was invented in 1906 in the Central American country of Guatemala by a Belgian named George Washington. He later immigrated to the United States and took his brilliant invention to the masses.
7. The Average American Drinks 3 Cups Of Coffee A Day
However, Americans are only 8th in the world in per capital coffee consumption with their daily average of 3 cups of coffee. By comparison, the average person in Finland consumes almost 6 cups of coffee each day.
8. Americans Love Their Caffeine And Get It Any Way They Can
While just over 50% of the American population older than 18 drink coffee each day, many Americans find other ways to get their caffeine fix. Other popular sources of caffeine include: energy drinks, chocolate bars, tea, soft drinks and weight loss supplements. In total, we each consume an average of 280 milligrams of caffeine each day, making it our favourite stimulant.
9. Seattle Is The Coffee Capital of the United States
With its rainy, overcast Pacific Northwest climate, Seattle has the most coffee shops per capital in the United States (35 per 100,000). The cities of Portland, San Jose, Denver and San Francisco aren’t far behind though.
10. Hawaii Is The Only Place In America That Coffee Is Grown
Coffee is grown in 53 countries worldwide, all located in the equatorial climate zone between the tropic of Cancer and Capricorn. The only U.S. state that falls into this climatic zone is Hawaii. Coffee is also grown in Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory.
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