The next time you are at your favourite coffee shop and someone catches your eye, here are ten interesting coffee facts that you can use to break the ice:

10 coffee facts

  1. Coffee is considered an aphrodisiac. Because it contains a high dose of caffeine and other various alkaloids, studies have shown that coffee can increase stamina and the overall length of intimate sessions.
  2. Although coffee has been a part of the Arab culture for thousands of years, it did not become part of the western world until the 1500s. Before that time, priests believed that coffee was a drink of the devil. Pope Clement VIII finally ended this line of thinking by taking a sip of coffee and then giving it his blessing.
  3. Japan’s official Coffee Day is October 1st.
  4. A single acre of coffee trees can yield close to ten thousand pounds of coffee cherries. Once they are milled or hulled, there are still almost two thousand pounds of coffee beans.
  5. Forty-nine of the fifty states grow absolutely no coffee. The only state that grows coffee is Hawaii. Additionally, the only United States territory that grows coffee is Puerto Rico.
  6. Germany is the second largest coffee consumer in the world. Forty-three percent of Germans add sweetener to their coffee, while only twenty-seven percent of Americans (the number one consumer of coffee) use any kind of sweetener in their coffee.
  7. The English word coffee is derived from the Latin word Coffea. Coffea is the Latin name for a genus of trees.
  8. Every single one of the fifty-three countries that grows coffee is located along the equator, between the tropic of Cancer and Capricorn.
  9. On average, people who purchase their coffee from drive-through windows before work will spend around forty-five hours every year waiting in line for their coffee.
  10. Petroleum is the only product that is traded more heavily than coffee. The amount of coffee produced around the world is close to six million metric tonnes.

So there you have it!  Hopefully you have learnt something new or at least something that made you go ‘huh’.  If you want more fun facts on absolutely everything to do with coffee (and who would not) then check out all of the fun fact infographics as I am sure you will find lots of things to make you laugh and to use the next time you are sat at a table in Starbucks or Costa Coffee.

Let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to know about coffee and we will happily dig out some facts to make you smile, after all, is that not what coffee is for in the first place?  Well, that and the great taste, and the smell and the health benefits, and the company of friends, and the opportunity to meet someone new in a coffee shop, oh and the ability to stay awake a little longer.  Apart from all of that, what has Ethiopia and coffee ever done for us…

Sorry, slight moment of coffee / Monty Python madness, think I may have had a little too much caffeine today.  I’ll get my coat.  See you all later!