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9 Super-Cool Coffee Facts That Will Surely Amaze

“A beverage as black as ink, useful against numerous illnesses, particularly those of the stomach. Its consumers take it in the morning, quite frankly, in a porcelain cup that is passed around and from which each one drinks a cupful.”
Leonhard Rauwolf, a German physician, describing coffee in 1583.

Coffee Starbucks cup

After a long slumber – okay, after a few meager hours of sleep – one wakes up groggily determined to shake off the cobwebs and begin the day. For a lot of us that can only mean one thing: that delicious, caffeinated beverage known by many nicknames: Java, cuppa, joe, black tea, daily grind, go juice, mud, jet fuel, and tar.

The smell alone can put people in a pleasant mood, even if they aren’t coffee-drinkers themselves.

We take this wonderful liquid gold for granted on a daily basis, what with coffee shops on virtually every street corner – it seems – in most major cities. And not just in coffee shops anymore, high-end coffee can be found everywhere from donut shops to McDonald’s.

Here are some interesting facts, brought to you by my favorite “bible of knowledge” – Wikipedia – that you may not know about this delightful drink:

1. About 3/4 of the world’s coffee is Arabica.

2. The top three coffee-producing countries in 2011 (measured in thousands of bags –  one bag weighs 6o kilograms or 132 lbs) are:

Coffee Brazil Bags

 1) Brazil 54,500
2) Vietnam 18,725
3) Colombia 9,500

3. To grow the coffee beans to produce one cup of coffee it takes approximately 140 liters (37 gallons) of water (New Scientist). This is pretty startling, but when you compare it to eggs – it takes 454 liters (120 U.S. gal) to produce one egg!

4. Store coffee beans in an airtight container in a cool, dry, dark place. Four factors that can adversely affect the flavor of coffee beans, in order of importance:

1) Air
2) Moisture
3) Heat
4) Light

 5. Coffee is the second most traded product in the world – just behind oil!

6. A study in 2009 showed that those who consumed a moderate amount of coffee or tea (3–5 cups per day) at midlife were less likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s disease in late-life compared with those who drank little coffee or avoided it altogether.

7. In the U.S., September 29th is National Coffee Day. Don’t forget to mark this on your calendar!

Coffee poster National coffee day

 8. Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as many from the Seventh-day Adventist Church avoid drinking coffee, based on the teachings in their doctrine.

9. The world’s best cities for sitting and sipping coffee according to Worldhum Travel Stories:

Vienna, Austria
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Rome, Italy
Melbourne, Australia
Wellington, New Zealand
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Seattle, United States

You’re thinking to yourself, “Wow, what interesting tidbits, I would really like to share – a) a favorite thing about coffee, or b) a great little story about a time when I had a great cup of ‘joe’?”

Well, gosh, thanks for thinking that! I like your idea, so please do share one of those two things, or both if you would, in the comments below.

Other links on coffee:
http://adorablycaffeinated.wordpress.com
http://purecoffee.blogspot.com/
http://coeyoung.wordpress.com 

Comments

  1. 1) based on #6, I am going to begin consuming more coffee…if I remember.
    A) Favorite thing about coffee? It keeps me regular.
    b) Story about coffee? One time I smuggled contraband into the U.S. using coffee sacks. No, wait that was Beverly Hills Cop. Never mind.
    2) What was question 2?

  2. Ah, coffee, the equalizer. Great facts here MJ! I believe I’ll treat myself to a cup right now.

  3. Great info on a beloved beverage. It’s amazing how necessary it is to start my day. Talk to me before coffee at your own risk.

  4. I used to drink coffee until I realized I was mostly in it for the sugar and (non-dairy) cream… now I’m back to being a tea person.

    My beloved drinks a lot of coffee, though, and I was just telling him this morning how much I appreciate waking up to the smell of fresh coffee brewing on the stove (in his special Italian stovetop espresso maker, natch!) Even though I don’t drink it anymore, the smell alone is a welcome pick-me-up every morning. :)

    • I used to put sugar in my coffee until I discovered half & half with coffee. It’s like heaven. You should try it. I can’t remember if that’s on your acceptable food items though.

      The smell of brewed coffee is one of the most amazing ever.

  5. I was going to say the same as Dana! I switched to green tea for my health, too, to cut down sugar and cream. I hope green tea helps dementia. Next post needs to be about green tea!

    • Hmm, I know nothing about green tea, Jodi. I will have to do a post on it as you suggest!

      This comment also got caught in my spam filter. Only two comments from you got stuck there. Interesting, no?

      • Tea contains caffeine too. That’s the active ingredient which helps against dementia. It also has theanine which can cross the blood brain barrier and has also been shown to improve other brain functions.

  6. I love coffee, but it doesn’t love me. My last cup was November 28, 2011 and not a day goes by that I don’t think of my lost love. Sometimes tea just doesn’t cut it. Thanks for the fun facts!

  7. I’ve only been drinking coffee for about 5 years. I love mine with hazelnut creamer in it and I think the most amazing invention ever is the Keurig coffee maker! :-)

    • YES, Terri! Someday I will do a post on my variety of K-cups. I love, love, love my Keurig. I usually have 3-4 cups a day.

      And I always have real half and half. Yum!

  8. Wow. I’m not a coffee drinker, but I had no idea it was traded almost as much as oil. No wonder Starbucks is doing so well.

  9. Melbourne, Australia? Yay!!! Oh….hi stranger, this be where you at :D Why do I feel that sounds like a stalker line from Wedding Crashers…I’ll fiiiiind you?!
    I do love my coffee.

    • I thought about you on the Melbourne, Australia fact – thought you’d like that one, Vix!

      Glad you ventured back. I’ve lost touch with so many people since the move!

  10. Judy Berman says:

    When we visited Costa Rica years ago around Christmas, we brought back pounds of coffee for several friends. It was everyone’s favorite gift. Ours, too – we saved some for ourselves. Enjoyed your factoids and your story. (Remember “Twin Peaks?” favorite beverage: cuppa Joe.)

  11. I love the smell of coffee but alas, it gives me the jitters.

  12. #6 is why I drink it in gallons every day. (ok, maybe not gallons, just small vats)

    I actually lived in Olympia, near Seattle for 2 years and I can say with absolute certainty that drinking coffee in Seattle, with the constant drizzle and dreary rain, is not all its cracked up to be. I suppose coffee is the only thing that got me through those rainy days!

    • You and me both, D-Woww! I seriously have around five large cups per day. And they are large mugs.

      Don’t know how you made it through all that rain. I get mighty testy without Mr. Sun being covered up for more than a few days. Can you say xanax? Oh yeah, and coffee; lots of coffee.

  13. Fascinating post mj! I have to admit I am not much of coffee drinker, my calling is the sterotypical English cup of tea. But I have to admit, even though I don’t like coffee that much it’s one of my top three favorite smells (along with musty books and vanilla) the smell when you walk into a coffee shop is just……mmmmm heaven :)
    P.S. Love the cat picture! :)

  14. This was really interesting… also maybe I should think about drinking coffee in the future. I only really like how it smells :)

  15. Sunshine says:

    Did I hear you say coffee MJ? Love to have a cup, freshly brewed please and just plain black. Oh, and please, destroy all instant coffee granules! Bleh! I don’t care how many tantalizing words they put on the label, it ALL tastes like crap! Did you see the movie Bucket List with Jack Nicholson? They had a scene about expensive coffee and well, maybe you’ve seen it so . . . love this post! :)

    • Oh yes, Sunshine. You have to have coffee. I must have my cream!

      I hate to say this, but I haven’t seen the Bucket List. I know I must. Will put that on my bucket list to see it. hehehe

  16. Cool post! I wish I was a coffee drinker….

  17. Great info there MJ, and I got one. Did you know that coffee is said to be invented by the Arabs? They called it ‘qahwa’ which means wine. It was their form of wine since Muslims are not allowed to drink alcohol. So it became known as the Wine of Islam. Cool right?

    I personally don’t like pure coffee. I like it with a bit of chocolate in it- good old fashioned Mocha!

  18. Ok- time for a glass of iced coffee…. thanks for the idea!

  19. Oooh — fancy new website! I guess I missed the launch while I was on a blogging break. It looks great, and is so easy to navigate. Nice job!

    I don’t drink coffee, but my parents do every day. Always have and always will. My mother says the smell reminds her of her father. She’d wake up in the morning and he’d already have a pot brewing, waiting to see where he could get work as a longshoreman.

    I think of that story when I see her so happy over her coffee.

    • Thanks for popping over to the new site, Melissa! Glad you like it, since yours is so cool!

      I love the story about your mother and father – very awesome! :)

  20. Coffee … mmmm … coffee.

    I have to admit, I love the smell right out o’ the can :)

    My favorite is strong “farmer’s” coffee with lots of real cream. No 2%. No skim. Cream.

    Heaven :)
    PS digging the new site! How do I subscribe? MJ

    • Glad you like the site, MJ. You should be able to subscribe via email on the sidebar. Let me know if you have trouble.

      You are a girl after my own heart – only cream will do for me, too! :)

  21. Three cheers for coffee! I once told my wife if she and coffee were in a burning building and I only had time to save one, I would choose her. She considered this a significantly romantic statement because she knows how much I love coffee.

  22. You and me are gonna get along JUST fine!!! Coffee is a favorite of my many beverages.

  23. Ok, I left you a super long reply a few days ago and it seems to have disappeared. I blame this stupid iPad I just got…sigh.

    Anyway, I drink coffee for number 6 alone. Well, and because I’m hopelessly addicted to the stuff. I had my first cup back in college to stay up to study for a final and it was all over after that.

    I used to live in Olympia, near Seattle and I’ve actually had more than a few cups o joe in downtown Seattle. I can honestly say, the coffee was good, but the constant drizzle and rain was bad. Very bad. Maybe that’s why so many people out there drink coffee…to stay awake.

    • what the? now I see my old reply again. Is it your new website I can blame? And not senility? Or did I just get sucked up into some time warp blogging vortex?

    • D-Woww, so great of you to post three times on this one post! I feel so incredibly honored!

      I would blame it on the iPad, or the “al, al, al, al, the alcohol!” or however that Jamie Foxx song goes. :)

      I started drinking coffee in the military, but only with a ton of sugar and about a 1/4 cup non-dairy creamer. Now, it’s black with real cream (half & half).

      Your welcome on these pages as many times as you want, D!!

      • How kind of you to side-step the glaring fact that I’m senile and/or drunk! It is the iPad. Half the time I send a comment and it gets zapped and disappears. Grrrr. I thought technology was supposed to make my life easier?

  24. Itsmeandthemoon says:

    I LOVE this post. Been a huge coffee drinker since I was 13 (and had to get up at 5:30AM to catch the 6:30AM bus.) My Dad used to get up with me even though he didn’t have to get up that early, and make me a cup with French Vanilla Coffemate stirred in. I switched to decaf for a variety of health reasons, but I so love me some good coffee!

  25. If the Fountain of Youth truly exists, I have no doubt that it contains coffee.

  26. A few years ago friends came from Massachusetts to visit us in Seattle. What struck them even more than the natural beauty of Puget Sound and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains, was the prevalence of coffee stands, coffee shops, and coffee carts on every street corner. Perhaps the rest of the world has caught up with us since then, but I still think of Seattle as the coffee capitol of the US. Mmmm. Just thinking about it makes me want to go put on a pot. Great post, full of fun facts!

  27. #9! Oh how I await the day that I get to sit in Rome, Italy and sip coffee! Sounds deliciously gratifying!;) Loved it! Thanks for sharing!

  28. Does decaf count? Heavy sigh…

  29. I knew I was onto a good thing… And now that you’ve mentioned it… I really need another one. Bottoms up MJ :) (wait there, that’s for another kind of drinking, oh well, never mind)

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