What do you really know about your favorite drink? Here are some interesting coffee facts that we’re willing to bet you never knew! Some are quite strange, to be honest.
1. Coffee was the first food to be freeze-dried.
It all started in post-WWII America, when instant coffee was being mass produced.
2. The most expensive coffee in the world costs a whopping $600 per pound.
Say what? Yes, you read that right. And to think that it comes from Sumatran wildcat feces. The Luwak cannot digest coffee beans, so they are fermented in the stomach before being defecated and well, picked.
3. Coffee is said to have been discovered by Ethiopian shepherds, thanks to their “dancing” goats.
Apparently the shepherds realized the wonders of caffeine after their herd reacted strangely to the coffee berries they were eating (circa 800 A.D.).
You mean, we can thank farm animals for giving us the magic that is coffee?
4. Coffee is a fruit.
Coffee beans are the pits of a berry that grows on bushes. All the more reason to drink it right?
5. New Yorkers drink SEVEN TIMES more coffee than the rest of the U.S.
Well, the city does have a Starbucks on practically every corner.
6. The largest cup of iced coffee ever was 3,758.7 gallons.
Caffe Bene in South Korea made the Guinness Book of World Records in July 2014. Fun fact, they used iced black Americano.
7. According to global exchange, coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. The only thing that stands before it is petroleum!
There are around 25 million farmers and coffee workers in the world, and more than 50 countries are involved in coffee production.
8. The very first webcam was created to keep tabs on the status of a coffee pot.
Cambridge University scientist set up a camera for live footage of the building’s coffee pot so that they could check to see whether or not it was empty when they were due for a refill. Now that is #coffeelove.
9. Coffee can kill you.
If you’re crazy enough to drink 100 cups, that is. That’s what it would take to consume a lethal amount of caffeine.
10. Hawaii is the only state that grows coffee commercially.
The weather in Hawaii is perfect for growing coffee beans.