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COFFEE FACTS

Coffee is one of the world’s most popular beverages with a rich and interesting history.

Did You Know? Coffee is one of the world’s most consumed drinks, after water. Euromonitor estimates that over 2,600 million cups of coffee are sold around the world each day.

After oil, coffee is one of the most traded commodities in the world.

Take your coffee black? Then your coffee is practically calorie-free with just 9kJ or 2kcal per mug.

The two main coffee bean species grown commercially are Arabica and Robusta.

A coffee plant can live for between 60 and 70 years. It can take up to four years for a coffee tree to reach maturity and start to bear fruit.

The English word ‘coffee’ originates from the Arabic word ‘kaweh’ meaning strength or vigor.

COFFEE HISTORY FACTS

  • King Louis XIV had the first European greenhouse built to store France’s first coffee tree, known as The Noble Tree.
  • The first coffee house in the world opened in Arabia in the 16th century.
  • The first coffee house in Europe opened in Venice in 1645.
  • The first coffee advertisement was distributed in 1651 in London.
  • The first coffee house in America opened in Boston in 1676.
  • The Dutch began growing coffee on the island of Java, now part of Indonesia, in 1696.
  • The Boston Tea Party convinced Americans to switch to coffee from tea as an expression of freedom.

FACTS ABOUT COFFEE FROM AROUND THE WORLD

  • Coffee is grown between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
  • “Kahveci” is the name given to an expert in preparing Turkish coffee
  • The largest coffee beans are found in Nicaragua.
  • Brazil is the world’s largest coffee producer.
  • In Kenya, the best quality coffee beans are graded AA.
  • Hawaii is the only US State that grows coffee.
  • Brazil issued a coffee scented postage stamp in 2001.
  • Franciscan friars brought the first coffee seeds to the Philippines in 1749.