Did you ever wonder certain things about the coffee you’re drinking, such as where did it come from? How did it get here? Why do I like this brand/flavor/blend so much? What about the history of coffee? Did you know that it’s been around for thousands of years in different parts of the world? Today’s most popular brewing methods are certainly not new, and some have been around for centuries.
Just for fun, while you’re drinking your favorite cup of coffee, check out a few other additional fun facts about coffee.
- Did you know that light roasted coffees actually have more caffeine than dark roasted coffees? That’s because the darker the coffee bean, the longer it’s been roasted. The longer a coffee bean is roasted, the more caffeine is literally cooked out of the bean.
- Did you know that the coffee bean actually comes from a cherry? That’s right, your coffee comes from a bush or tree that bears cherry fruit. If you plucked one of those cherries off the tree and peeled it open, you’d find a green seed or bean inside. It’s only after that bean or seed has been dried and roasted that you get that wonderful cup of coffee.
- Today, coffee is developed from over 50 different species. Only two of them – Robust and Arabica, are used in mass coffee production. When we’re talking about mass coffee production, consumers around the world drink over 500,000,000,000 (that’s billion) cups of coffee every year, and most of those are at breakfast time.
- Back in the 16th century, it was considered illegal to brew or drink coffee. Charles II of Europe banned coffee houses. Germany banned it in 1677 when Frederick the Great nixed the beverage because he was worried about economic stability. You see, so many people were spending their money on coffee imports, and he wanted to keep money inside the country.
- Did you know that next to oil, coffee is the second most popular traded commodity in the world today?
Coffee is a wonderful beverage, and comes in so many different varieties, roasts, and flavors. Perhaps, someday, if you’re dedicated enough, you can try all of them!