In commemoration of International Coffee Day today, here are 10 somewhat unimportant but cool facts about coffee!
1. Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world (after petroleum).
2. International Coffee Day is celebrated in many countries on different dates – the majority celebrating it on the 29th of September. In Germany, its the first Saturday of September, and in Japan and Sri Lanka it’s October 1.
3. Brazil is the world’s leading producer of coffee. It produces around 33% of the world’s coffee today, with more than four billion coffee trees.
4. Coffe arabica and coffea robusta are the two main species of coffee which are used for the production of coffee. Robusta beans contain 40-50% more caffeine, and used in instant coffees, while Arabica trees are the most widely cultivated ones and produce the best quality coffee.
5. The legend of the origin of coffee revolves around a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder who discovered coffee by accident when he noticed how crazy the beans were making his goats.
6. In Turkey, where they drink a lot of coffee, it used to be the case, that if a husband was not able to provide his wife with coffee, then it was grounds for divorce.
7. Caffeine (like any drug) is toxic in large enough doses. A lethal dose of caffeine would require about a 100 cups of coffee, but the water from drinking that much coffee in one go would kill you before the caffeine did.
8. Next interesting fact about coffee is that coffee beans are not beans at all; they are the pits of a fruit. Coffee comes from coffee cherries and they are only called beans, because they look a bit like other beans.
9. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a Coffee Cantata in 1732, telling the comic tale of a man whose daughter is addicted to coffee.
10. The world’s most expensive coffee is Kopi Luwak, made from beans excreted by civet cats. Kopi Luwak is produced mainly in Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. Annually about 500 kg, or 1100 lbs of beans are collected from wild civets. First, this may sound a bit unsanitary. However, drinking kopi luwak coffee is as harmless to your body as drinking any other coffee variety because the coffee beans are washed, roasted and brewed before they land in your coffee cup!
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