Quick Facts About Drinking Coffee

By Tommy Pettersson

Quick, informative and unusual information about the noble art of drinking coffee that you don't might know. Bits and pieces of miscellany and uncommon knowledge about coffee that is kind of fun to read and might be useful in your conversations to show that you know how to drink coffee with style.

Quick Facts About Drinking Coffee

  • "Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and as sweet as love."
    - Turkish Proverb
  • Coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year.
  • In the last three centuries, 90% of all people living in the Western world have switched from tea to coffee.
  • 52% of Americans drink coffee.
  • In 1990, over 4 billion dollars of coffee was imported into the United States.
  • The United States is the world's largest consumer of coffee, importing 16 to 20 million bags annually (2.5 million pounds), representing one-third of all coffee exported. More than half of the United States population consumes coffee. The typical coffee drinker has 3.4 cups of coffee per day. That translates into more than 450,000,000 cups of coffee daily.
  • The largest coffee importer center in the U.S. is located in the city of New Orleans, LA.
  • The average annual coffee consumption of the American adult is 26.7 gallons, or over 400 cups.
  • In early America, coffee was usually taken between meals and after dinner.
  • Australians consume 60% more coffee than tea, a sixfold increase since 1940.
  • Those British are sophisticated people, in almost everything except their choice of coffee. They still drink instant ten-to-one over fresh brewed.
  • Lloyd's of London began as Edward Lloyd's coffeehouse.
  • Irish cream and Hazelnut are the most popular whole bean coffee flavourings.
  • In Italy, espresso is considered so essential to daily life that the price is regulated by the government.
  • Italians do not drink espresso during meals. It is considered to be a separate event and is given its own time.
  • Italy now has over 200,000 coffee bars, and still growing.
  • Latte is the Italian word for milk. So if you request a latte' in Italy, you'll be served a glass of milk.
  • The average age of an Italian barista is 48 years old. A barista is a respected job title in Italy.
  • Iced coffee in a can has been popular in Japan since 1945.
  • October 1st is the official Coffee Day in Japan.
  • In Japan, coffee shops are called Kissaten.
  • Over 10,000 coffee cafes plus several thousand vending machines with both hot and cold coffee serve the needs of Tokyo alone.
  • Japan ranks Number 3 in the world for coffee consumption.
  • Scandinavia has the world's highest per capita annual coffee consumption, 26.4 pounds. Italy has an annual consumption per capita of only 10 pounds.
  • The vast majority of coffee available to consumers is blends of different beans.
  • Modern coffee brewing methods use approximately 200° water.
  • Jamaica Blue Mountain is often regarded as the best coffee in the world.
  • The aroma and flavour derived from coffee is a result of the little beads of the oily substance called coffee essence, coffeol, or coffee oil. This is not an actual oil since it dissolves in water.
  • The average cup of coffee contains more than 1000 different chemical components, none of which is tasted in isolation but only as part of the overall flavour.
  • If you like your espresso coffee sweet, you should use granulated sugar, which dissolves more quickly, rather than sugar cubes; white sugar rather than brown sugar or candy; and real sugar rather than sweeteners which alter the taste of the coffee.
  • Roasted coffee beans start to lose small amounts of flavour within two weeks. Ground coffee begins to lose its flavour in one hour. Brewed coffee and espresso begins to lose flavour within minutes.
  • Coffee lends its popularity to the fact that just about all flavours mix well with it.
  • 75 percent of taste of coffee comes from smell.
  • Coffee, along with beer and peanut butter, is on the national list of the "ten most recognizable odours."
  • Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa.
  • Finely grinding coffee beans and boiling them in water is still known as "Turkish Coffee." It is still made this way today in Turkey and Greece or anywhere else Turkish Coffee is served.
  • Citrus has been added to coffee for several hundred years.
  • The first coffee drinkers, the Arabs, flavoured their coffee with spices during the brewing process.
  • Beethoven who was a coffee lover, was so particular about his coffee that he always counted 60 beans each cup when he prepared his brew.
  • The French philosopher, Voltaire, reportedly drank fifty cups of coffee a day.
  • Coffee Recipe from: 'Kitchen Directory and American Housewife' (1844)
    "Use a tablespoonful ground to a pint of boiling water [less than a quarter of what we would use today].
    Boil in tin pot twenty to twenty-five minutes. If boiled longer it will not taste fresh and lively.
    Let stand four or five minutes to settle, pour off grounds into a coffee pot or urn.
    Put fish skin or isinglass size of a nine-pence in pot when put on to boil or else the white and shell of half an egg to a couple of quarts of coffee."

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Tommy Pettersson is a well known internet developer and the founder of Fair Trade Community. Fair Trade Community is a community where people can get facts and information, meet and discuss how they can help to improve the lives of some of the poorest people in the world. Learn more at Fair Trade Community.

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