27 Facts About Coffee


Coffee plants are cultivated in over 70 countries, primarily in the equatorial regions of the Americas, Southeast Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and Africa.

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Coffee tried roasting the seeds to improve the flavor, but they became hard.

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Coffee then tried boiling them to soften the seed, which resulted in a fragrant brown liquid.

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Coffee was used by Sufi circles to stay awake for their religious rituals.

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Coffee was first exported from Ethiopia to Yemen by Somali merchants from Berbera and Zeila in modern-day Somaliland, which was procured from Harar and the Abyssinian interior.

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Coffee had spread to Italy by 1600, and then to the rest of Europe, Indonesia, and the Americas.

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Coffee became more widely accepted after it was deemed a Christian beverage by Pope Clement VIII in 1600, despite appeals to ban the "Muslim drink".

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Oxford's Queen's Lane Coffee House, established in 1654, is still in existence today.

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Coffee was introduced in France in 1657, and in Austria and Poland after the 1683 Battle of Vienna, when coffee was captured from supplies of the defeated Turks.

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Coffee thrived in the climate and was conveyed across the Americas.

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Coffee was cultivated in Saint-Domingue from 1734, and by 1788 it supplied half the world's coffee.

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Coffee has become a vital cash crop for many developing countries.

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Coffee is often intercropped with food crops, such as corn, beans, or rice during the first few years of cultivation as farmers become familiar with its requirements.

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Coffee plants grow within a defined area between the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, termed the bean belt or coffee belt.

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Coffee is often grown in countries where there is a water shortage, such as Ethiopia.

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Coffee berries are traditionally selectively picked by hand, which is labor-intensive as it involves the selection of only the berries at the peak of ripeness.

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Coffee brewed from this process is among the most expensive in the world, with bean prices reaching $160 per pound or $30 per brewed cup.

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Coffee has, in many countries, been graded by size longer than it has been graded by quality.

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Coffee is best stored in an airtight container made of ceramic, glass or non-reactive metal.

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Coffee production provides a living for about twenty-five million people, mainly small-scale producers, while imports, processing, and distribution provide a living for about one hundred to one hundred and ten million people.

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Coffee is bought and sold as green coffee beans by roasters, investors, and price speculators as a tradable commodity in commodity markets and exchange-traded funds.

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Coffee continues to be an important commodity export for developing countries, but more recent figures are not readily available due to the shifting and politicized nature of the category "developing country".

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Coffee production attracted immigrants in search of better economic opportunities in the early 1900s.

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Coffee is often consumed alongside breakfast by many at home or when eating out at diners or cafeterias.

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Coffee break in the United States and elsewhere is a short mid-morning rest period granted to employees in business and industry, corresponding with the Commonwealth terms "elevenses", "smoko", "morning tea", "tea break", or even just "tea".

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Coffee break originated in the late 19th century in Stoughton, Wisconsin, with the wives of Norwegian immigrants.

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Coffee has seldom been prohibited based on its intoxicating effect.

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