Every morning starts with coffee. Or should it be said that no morning starts unless there is coffee. Many of us are unable to function without the jumpstart caffeine gives us. In fact, caffeine is the number one sold legal drug in the world. Whether you drink coffee, soda, tea or energy drinks chances are you play a part in the 120000 tons of caffeine consumed each year. Here are other interesting(?) facts about coffee that I dug up after my fifth cup of coffee this morning:
Coffee is the second most traded product in the world after petroleum.
Over 53 countries grow coffee worldwide with almost all of them along the equator.
The world’s largest coffee producer is Brazil with over 3,970 million coffee trees and is responsible for 30 to 40 % of total world output. Colombia comes in second with around two thirds of Brazil’s production.
Hawaii and Puerto Rico are the only place coffee is grown in the United States.
Germany is the world’s second largest consumer of coffee.
27% of U.S. coffee drinkers and 43% of German drinkers add a sweetener to their coffee.
People who buy coffee primarily at drive through windows on their way to work will spend as much as 45 hours a year waiting in line.
The average person who buys coffee outside the office to consume at work will spend the equivalent value of a round trip plane ticket to Florida every year.
The expression “a cup of Joe” was first coined during WWII, when American servicemen (known as G.I. Joes) were identified as big coffee drinkers.
The popular trend towards flavored coffees originated in the United States during the 1970’s.
A Belgian living in Guatemala invented the first instant coffee in 1906 and later immigrated to the United States. His name, ironically enough, was George Washington.
So now you know…finish your cup of coffee and go forth to dazzle your friends and co-workers with you new-found useless knowledge!