Yesterday was National Coffee Day. While you are recovering from a day of free cups of coffee and being caffienated all day, here is a few fun facts aobut your coffee.
Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth.
According to the Global Exchange, there are approximately 25 million farmers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee. The number one commodity? Oil.
Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that commercially grows coffee.
Kona coffee is the United States’ gift to the coffee world. Because coffee grows best in climates along the equator, Hawaii’s weather is optimal for harvesting coffee beans.
You can overdose on coffee.
However, you would need to drink over 100 cups to consume the lethal dose of caffeine.
George Washington invented instant coffee.
Not that Washington. Chemist George Constant Washington experimented with dried coffee before he created Red E Coffee — the first brand name instant coffee.
Decaf does not mean caffeine-free.
An eight ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually has two-to-12 milligrams of caffeine. In comparison, a regular cup of coffee has anywhere from 95 to 200 milligrams. (Twelve ounces of coke only has 23-35 milligrams of caffeine.)
Coffee contains important nutrients
A single cup of coffee contains 11% of the daily recommended amount of Riboflavin (vitamin B2), 6% of Pantothenic Acid (vitamin B5), 3% of Manganese and Potassium, and 2% of Niacin and Magnesium.
The first webcam in the world was made for coffee.
In 1991, a group of Cambridge University scientists set a camera on their work building’s coffee pot, streaming the footage live on the web so that they would be able to see if the pot was empty or not, saving themselves the disappointment of a coffee-less trip.
There is a custom in Naples called Caffe Sospeso
Caffe Sospeso someone who has experienced good luck would order a sospeso, paying the price
of two coffees but receiving and consuming only one. A poor person
enquiring later whether there was a sospeso available would then be served acoffee for free.
Coffee for Breakfast
Before coffee became popular, beer was the most popular drink to go with breakfast in the USA