Coffee actually has a really rich and complex history aside from its rich and complex flavor palate. For example, did you know Theodore Roosevelt drank an absurd amount of coffee and allegedly came up with the Maxwell House slogan “Good to the Last Drop”? We didn’t. If curiosity ever strikes or you want to impress at trivia night, here are over 20 fun facts about coffee that will surely do the trick.
In a lot of ways, coffee is like a good friend. It picks you up when you’re down and helps you complete the important tasks in your life. It may come from a tiny bean, but coffee packs a punch. It has a fun history even non-coffee drinkers will appreciate. So, if you’re looking to liven up your early mornings or late nights, break out these javalicious facts.
1. Coffee is the world’s second-largest traded commodity.
2. Hawaii and California are the only American states that grow coffee. Coffee is also grown in the territory of Puerto Rico.
3. It is said that coffee was discovered by a goat herder in Ethiopia in the 1500s after he noticed his goats eating coffee cherries and gaining energy.
4. Coffee beans are technically seeds.
5. If you add cream, your coffee stays warm 20% longer.
6. Espresso is Italian and means “expressed” or “forced out.” Espresso is made by forcing very hot water under high pressure through finely ground, compacted coffee.
7. Coffee is a fruit. Coffee beans grow on a bush. They are actually the pit of a berry, which makes them a fruit.
8. Beethoven loved coffee
9. The most expensive coffee is made by cat poop. “Kopi Luwak” is the most expensive coffee in the world. It comes from Indonesia and is made from beans digested from the Asian Palm Civet.
10. There are two types of coffee. Arabica coffee was originally cultivated on the Arabian Peninsula, and Robusta coffee is a more hardy plant but contains double the amount of caffeine.
11. Finland is home to the some of the biggest coffee lovers. The average adult Finn goes through 27.5 pounds of coffee each year, according to the International Coffee Organization.
12. The largest cup of coffee ever filled a nine-foot tall cup. The 3,487-gallon serving earned a Guinness World Record in 2012.
13. The Boston Tea Party helped popularize coffee in America. It became patriotic to sip java instead of tea.
14. Starbucks opens an average of two stores per day.
15. You can order coffee 25,000 different ways at Dunkin’ Donuts.
16. Before coffee became widely available, the popular breakfast drink was beer. (Some may argue it still is in some households!)
17. The majority of coffee is produced in Brazil. It produces 40 percent of the world’s coffee.
18. Globally people consume about 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day.
19. The average American spends around $20 a week on coffee, which is $1,092 per year.
20. Decaf coffee is not completely caffeine-free. The decaffeination process usually removes 94 to 98 percent of caffeine.
21. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote “Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht,” also known as the “Coffee Cantata.” In the song, a father and daughter argue about how she drinks too much coffee, and that’s why she doesn’t have a lover.
22. According to a 2018 study by Wallet Hub, New York City has the most coffee shops, coffee houses, and cafés per capita.
23. Due to its high levels of antioxidants and beneficial nutrients like riboflavin, magnesium, and potassium, coffee may have health benefits.
24. The lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee.
25. The Guinness World record holder for the “Oldest Cat Ever,” a 38-year-old cat named Creme Puff, drank coffee every morning her whole life.