What do people actually know about coffee? We would like to share with you our knowledge about the most interesting coffee facts in the World.
There are people who can’t start the day without having a freshly brewed cup of coffee. They love coffee so much that sometimes they call themselves “coffee addicts”.
Well, drinking a cup of coffee every day is not necessarily a bad habit. On the contrary, it’s proven to be healthy, scientist say. Your daily morning coffee provides you with more things than just an energy boost. It’s also shown to protect us against type 2 diabetes, liver diseases and lowers the risks of heart failure. But, besides health there are even more interesting facts about coffee.
Coffee is culture
Going back in time, we’ve seen that coffee is not just a drink. It is actually a lot more. In the past, people gathered in houses to share a cup of coffee and exchange information.
In North America and a lot of western European countries, Starbucks and other coffee chains have dominated the market because they are providing to the customers a complete experience around coffee. Coffee and friends, coffee and work, coffee and snacks and coffee to go! The Irish mix coffee with whiskey and they call it “Irish coffee”. In Italy the espresso and espresso machine were born and made it the favorite whole-day beverage of Italians. In Greece, there is the “kafenio”, an old fashioned coffee shop for old gentlemen, where they drink Greek coffee and exchange political ideas or they play cards and a board game called “tavli”. Then also, in some countries, like Colombia or Brazil, the whole economy is based in coffee.
So this makes us really curious to know more interesting facts about coffee as a commodity itself but also as a beverage.
16 interesting facts about coffee
1. Second in the World
It’s the world’s 2nd largest traded commodity. Crude oil is first. Yes, it is not a typo. Coffee is consumed in great quantities, making it the most beloved beverage after water. It’s worth is over $100 billion worldwide.
2. Hawaii is the only American state that grows coffee
Good coffee growing conditions require high altitudes, tropical climates, and rich soil.
There is only one state, Hawaii, which is able to grow coffee. It has been producing coffee even before it was a state. (Only recently, though, farms in California started growing coffee bushes!)
3. Coffee was discovered by a goat herder
It was said that coffee was discovered by a goat herder in Ethiopia in the 1500s. He saw his goats eating coffee cherries. Afterwards, he observed a change in their behavior. They gained a high amount of energy and they didn’t sleep at night. The herder shared his findings with local monks and then after they made a drink with coffee beans, they realized they could stay up all night and pray. Then, they spread the word to other Ethiopian monks and it reached across the civilized world.
4. Coffee helped Olympic athletes
Brazil couldn’t afford to send its athletes to Los Angeles for the 1932 Olympics, so the government loaded them in a ship full of coffee which was sold on the way to finance their trip.
5. Mecca banned coffee
Coffee was banned in Mecca in 1511. It was believed to stimulate radical thinking and idleness.
6. Add cream, keep your coffee warm
Coffee stays warm 20% longer when you add cream.
7. Divorce because of terrible coffee
In ancient Arab culture, a woman could only divorce her husband if he didn’t like her coffee.
8. Italian “expresso”
The word espresso comes from Italian and means “expressed” or “forced out”. Espresso is made by forcing very hot water under high pressure through finely ground, compacted coffee.
9. Coffee is a fruit
Coffee beans grow on a bush. They are actually the pit of a berry, which makes them a fruit. There are two main varieties of beans, green and red.
Red beans have a nicer smell and are less acidic. Red beans are used to produce lighter coffees. The longer that coffee beans have been roasted – the healthier they are. Decaffeinated coffee comes from a chemical process where the caffeine is taken out of the beans. The caffeine is then often sold to Coca-Cola.
10. Beethoven loved coffee
Beethoven was such an ardent coffee lover that he’d count 60 beans per cup before making his brew.
11. The most expensive coffee is made by cat poop
“Kopi Luwak” is the most expensive coffee in the world. It comes from Indonesia and is made from beans digested from the Asian Palm Civet. In other words, it comes from cat poop. It sells for €350 and up per kilo!
12. A year drinking coffee or an iPhone X?
An American spends on average $1,092 a year on coffee. That’s around $20 a week. That is also close to the price of the newest iPhone. Young people generally spend more on coffee than older people.
13. Fairtrade coffee improves quality
Fairtrade coffee costs more, but coffee farmers spend at least 25% of this Fairtrade Premium to enhance productivity and quality. Over the last three years, Fairtrade-certified coffee products have won 28 Great Taste Awards.
14. There are 2 types of coffee
Arabica coffee was originally cultivated on the Arabian Peninsula, hence the name. Robusta coffee is a more hardy plant but contains double the amount of caffeine.
15. Europe loves coffee
According to International Coffee Association, Europe imports more coffee than the USA. Also, Brazil is the lead exporting country in coffee.
16. The big spenders
The “Big Four” coffee roasting companies – Kraft, P&G, Sara Lee and Nestle – buy about 50% of the coffee produced worldwide.
Old facts, new facts
So many interesting facts about coffee, but yet which facts concern the present time?
A love of all things connected with coffee has brought both large and small companies into the world of coffee production and trading.
Technology and improvements in coffee trading industry are two of the major factors which help a lot of those companies to compete in the volatile environment of coffee trading.
Coffee culture is constantly changing as coffee drinkers seek new ways to enjoy their favorite beverage. Production, trading and distribution methods have evolved to meet these new needs but there are a lot more improvements yet to be made. So further coffee research and development will need to be an on-going activity..
As a coffee trader you need to make the right choices in setting up your business for continuing growth and profit. Organizing all your procedures from the beginning is definitely going to assist you in the future. Even if you didn’t have the sufficient budget when you started and now want to adopt your existing business to use specific software in order to handle all your coffee trading activities, you still can. It is never late.
Agiblocks is a Commodity Trading and Risk Management software, designed specifically for managing coffee commodity trading transactions. It is designed to be your friend for your business and helps you make a mark by adding your own “interesting facts” in the coffee industry!