Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Coffee is Really a Fruit . . . . And Nine Other Useless Facts About Coffee

Today is international Coffee Day! I wasn't a coffee drinker until about 8 years ago when I had my third child. (You can read that whole story HERE). Now, like many people, I start every day with a good 'ole cuppa Joe! However, my husband, who likes his coffee strong and black, will tell you that I take mine all "froo-frooed" up with lots of sugar and cream. 

For today's Tuesday Ten, Rabia and I thought we would take the opportunity presented by International Coffee Day to share some things about how we start our day - whether it's with or without a cup of coffee.  However, It wasn't that long ago that I shared a post including 7 Tips to Make Mornings Less Chaotic, so rehashing the morning routine seems a bit redundant here. 

Since, International Coffee Day is supposed to be a celebration of the beverage and also a day to raise awareness of the plight coffee growers around the world, and since (maybe) I've had too much coffee today, I decided that, instead, I would share with you 10 random facts about coffee you probably never wanted to know! 

  1. Nobody knows the exact time and location of the discovery of coffee, but legend has it that coffee was discovered by a shepherd in Ethiopia around 800 A.D. when he noticed that, after eating the berries from a particular bush, his goats became very energetic. He shared his findings with a local monk who created a drink from the berries.
  2. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, with oil being the product in first place.
  3. There are about 25 million farmers in over 50 countries who produce coffee.
  4. Brazil produces 40% of the world's coffee which is twice as much as either the 2nd leading producer, Colombia, or the third, Vietnam.
  5. Coffee is really a fruit. The coffee bean we use to make the beverage is actually the pit of a cherry-like fruit. (Does that mean drinking a cup of java is kind of like eating fruit salad???)
  6. Coffee was first consumed as a food. The berries containing the coffee seed were mixed with fat to create an "energy ball" type of treat. 
  7. Finland is the most caffeinated country on the globe. There, the average adult consumes the equivalent of 4-5 cups a day.
  8. Coffee was first brought to New Amsterdam (modern day New York City) in the mid 1600s, but it was not very popular until after the Boston Tea Party in 1773. Today, New Yorkers drink seven times more coffee than people in the rest of the United States.
  9. In the U.S., 80% of adults drink coffee on a daily basis with the average consumption being 10 oz. per day. In total, Americans take in about 400 million cups of coffee a day which adds up to about 146 billion cups per year.
  10. 80% of Americans drink coffee daily. Are you one of them? #TuesdayTen #NationalCoffeeDay
  11. And your final factoid . . . .  By the 17th century, European travelers who had visited the Near East had brought coffee back and it was becoming more popular throughout Europe. However, some called it "the bitter invention of Satan" and even asked the Pope to intervene and ban the beverage. Upon tasting it, though, the Pope liked it and approved the beverage. By the mid-17th century, there were over 300 coffee houses in London, some of which grew into much larger businesses. Lloyd's of London, for instance, came about from a place called Edward Lloyd's Coffee House! 
So, there you have it - ten coffee tidbits you never needed to know! Maybe you can have fun with them at the office or in the carpool line today! :-) 

So, do you drink coffee? If so, how do you take yours?? 
(Another factoid: Did you know that if you add cream, your coffee will cool 20% more slowly than plain black coffee??? Things that make you go "Hmmmmm?") 

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