You may have already heard the following facts about coffee: it is the second largest traded commodity in the world; it was discovered by a goat herder; it is a fruit. But did you know there is more to this beverage than meets the eye? Here are some fun facts you may not have known about coffee.
1. Only 1 American State Grows Coffee
To grow coffee beans properly, you need high altitudes, tropical climates, and rich soil. Hawaii is the only American state that is able to grow coffee. They have even been producing it before Hawaii became an American state! Recently, though, coffee bushes have started being grown in farms in California.
2. Coffee to the Rescue!
In 1932, Brazil was unable to afford to send their athletes to Los Angeles for the Olympics. To finance their trip, the government loaded the athletes in a ship full of coffee and sold it along the way.
3. Coffee was Banned in 1511
Back in 1511 in Mecca, coffee was actually banned due to the belief that it stimulated radical thinking and idleness.
4. Coffee has been a Cause for Divorce
In ancient Arab culture, the only way a woman could divorce her husband was if he didn’t like her coffee.
5. This Classical Composer Loved His Coffee
Before making his coffee, the passionate coffee lover and composer Beethoven would count 60 beans per cup.
6. The Most Expensive Coffee
This is not for the weak stomach. The most expensive coffee in the world sells for €350 and up per kilo. Known as “Kopi Luwak,” this coffee comes from Indonesia and is made from beans digested from the Asian Palm Civet…yes, this coffee is made from cat poop.
7. Want an iPhone X? Quit Drinking Coffee for a Year
Americans spend on average $20/week, $1,092 a year on coffee, which is close to the price of the iPhone X. Younger people tend to spend more on coffee than older people.
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