Coffee FunΒ Facts: Legend has it thatΒ EthiopianΒ shepherds first noticed the effects ofΒ caffeineΒ when they saw their goats appearing to become β€œfrisky” and β€œdance” after eating coffee berries.

  • Originally coffee was eaten. African tribes combined coffee berries with fat to create energy balls.
  • Coffee beans are actually the pit of a berry, which makes them a fruit.
  • Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. (oil is first)
  • January 18th is National Gourmet Coffee Day.
  • January 25th is National Irish Coffee Day.
  • April 7th is National Coffee Cake Day.
  • September 6th is National Coffee Ice Cream Day.
  • September 26th is National Coffee Day.
  • There are two types of coffee beans: Arabica and Robusta.Β Seventy percent of coffee beans are Arabica. Although less popular, Robusta is slightly more bitter and has twice as much caffeine.
  • The rise of Islam contributed greatly to the consumption of coffee. The religionΒ prohibited drinking alcohol but considered coffee an acceptableΒ beverage.
  • All coffee in the world is grown in β€œThe Bean Belt” (areas between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn).
  • HawaiiΒ is the only state in the US that grows coffee.
  • The term β€œa cup of Joe” comes from American servicemen (GI Joes) in WWII being seen as big coffee drinkers.
  • George Washington invented instant coffee. A Belgian man living inΒ GuatemalaΒ named George Washington invented in 1906.
  • French philosopher Voltaire is said to have drank 50 cups of coffee a day.
  • The largest cup of coffee ever was brewed in July 2014 in South Korea. It was over 3,700 gallons.
  • The largest iced coffee was brewed in Las Vegas in 2010, and was 1,500 gallons (not including ice).