Coffee is a fundamental component in our daily lives, but surely there are many things about it that we do not know. Here are 10 facts and studies about coffee. Fun? For you to decide…
- WHEN DO PEOPLE DRINK THEIR COFFEE? (NOT SURPRISING FINDINGS…)
According to a study in 2017, people prefer to drink coffee after having woken up a shocker right?.
But the result is very decisive. 47% of those surveyed drunk a cup of coffee as the first thing in the morning and 35% said they drunk it in the middle of the morning.
This study reveals that 59% need their coffee in the office or when they are studying. But 40% like to drink it during their leisure time (what about both???)
Well, let’s move on for the next fact, why making a study to learn what everyone already knows?
2. HOW MANY TYPES OF COFFEE ARE THERE?
Currently we can find up to 4 species of coffee beans or coffee plants that are differentiated by their aroma characteristics and by the origin of their cultivation:
Arabica (arabic, native to the highlands of Ethiopia).
Robusta (canephora, from the equatorial forests of Africa).
Liberiano (liberica, original from Monrovia, in Liberia).
Excelso (excelsa, from the Chad region).
3. WHICH COUNTRY CONSUMES THE MOST COFFEE?
According to a study done by the International Coffee Organization (yes, there is such thing…), collected on a map by The Independent newspaper, these are the data on coffee consumption by country.
Finns top the ranking with 12 kilos (26.4 pounds) per person per year. In second place are the Norwegians with almost 10 kilos (22 pounds) per person yearly. Closing the top 3 are the Swedes with 8.4 kilos (18.5 pounds), followed by the Dutch who drink 8.2 kilos of coffee throughout the year.
We can deduce that the high consumption of coffee in these countries is due to the low temperature they have for much of the year.
In Italy, the country of espresso par excellence, they consume almost 6 kilos (13 pounds) per person and the United States, against all odds, ranks 20th on the list with 4.1 kilos (9 pounds) per person every year.
Among the coffee-producing countries, Brazil is the one where the most coffee is drunk, 5.6 kilos (just above 12 pounds). And in Mexico only 1.2 kilos (2.5 pounds) are consumed per year.
4. ONE OF THE MOST CONSUMED PRODUCTS IN THE WORLD (THIS IS WHAT A BEST SELLER LOOK LIKE…)
Do you know who leads the ranking of the most consumed merchandise in the world?
Well, it’s oil…
But coffee follows it in second place by very little.
It is also the second most popular drink on the planet, only behind water.
Coffee consumption grows day by day, it has increased by 95% in the last 35 years, reaching a spectacular figure of almost 10,000 million kilos (22,000 million pounds) of coffee per year.
On average, every person on earth consumes 1.3 kilos of coffee in 365 days.
The United States is the largest importer of this product, and Brazil is the world’s leading coffee producing and exporting country. It is followed by Colombia, which markets 100% of the Arabica variety.
5.WHICH IS THE COUNTRY WITH THE MOST COFFEE SHOPS?
Probably the answer to this question wouldn’t surprise many of you, if you know a thing or two about the coffee tradition during the last century.
Since the country with the most coffee shops is the iconic Italy, the country of espresso and cappuccino par excellence, with up to 100,000 establishments for the nearly 60 million inhabitants that this republic has.
6. WHERE WAS THE FIRST COFFEE SHOP OPENED?
The first cafe as such was born in the United Kingdom, specifically in the capital of London in the year 1652. This was followed by the city of Oxford.
Another curious fact about coffee shops is that the well-known New York Stock Exchange was created in a coffee shop opened in 1794, called “Tontine Coffee House” on Wall and Water Street. It was a meeting place for bankers, businessmen and agents who did their business there. Later, in 1817 all the “regulars” moved to the Wall Street building, where today the most important stock market in the world has its current and famous headquarters.
7. HAVING A COFFEE BATH IN JAPAN (WHAT???)
We know that the Japanese are at the forefront in countless topics, especially those that have to do with technology and peculiar innovations in the use of products and substances.
Therefore, we are not surprised at all that they have a spa where you can bathe and even swim in coffee pools to enjoy the many benefits it brings to the skin.
The place is called Yunessun Spa Resort, if one day you travel there and are curious it can be an interesting getaway.
8. THE PROFESSIONS IN WHICH THE MOST COFFEE IS DRUNK
The Dunkin ‘Donuts company carried out a study in conjunction with the CareerBuilder job portal in which they defined the professions in which the most coffee is consumed per day in the United States.
Scientists lead the ranking, a fact that we can relate to their experiments that often last more than 24 hours. The second place goes to Marketing and public relations professionals. Third, there are the administrators of educational institutions.
Another conclusion that could be drawn from the report was that 46% of the interviewees declared that they are less productive if they do not drink coffee.
9. THE ISLAND OF COFFEE: “COFFEE CLUB ISLAND”
Above Greenland is a small island that is considered the northernmost stretch of land on the planet. In 1900 it was discovered by explorer Robert Peary, but the island was not named until 21 years later, when Danish cartographer Lauge Koch mapped the area. The name was given to honor the “coffee club” of the geographers of the University of Copenhagen, thus its name is: Kaffeklubben Island.
10. WHAT ELSE CAN IT BE USED FOR?
Coffee has many benefits, both on our body and on our mind and it also prevents diseases. But it does not end there, because it can also be used as a fertilizer.
Perhaps you’ve ever heard your grandmother say that she used coffee grounds to make her plants grow. The coffee grounds as fertilizer, providing nutrients to the soil and preventing the appearance of fungi and bacteria. Therefore, the plants grow with the necessary food and are much healthier, and consequently, more beautiful.
These were10 (fun?) facts about coffee, and here is a bonus fact for you:
It is nice to learn about coffee, talk about it, write about it, read as well, biu there is nothing like drinking coffee just the way you like it…