Do You Know These 20 Fascinating Facts About Coffee?

I consider myself to be a coffee lover, or perhaps addict is more correct.

Most days after a run or yoga session, my go-to drink is a Bullet Proof Coffee.

20 coffee facts that every connoisseur should know

On top of the exercise high, I crave that caffeine high! I had no idea how little I knew about one of my favourite beverages until a recent visit to Caroma.

It’s run by Valentin Hofer, Italy’s first Coffee Sommelier.  Here’s a look at everything you should know about the world’s favourite beverage:

coffee facts from Valentin Hofer, Italy's first coffee sommelier

  1. Yes, that’s right, coffee is the world’s most consumed beverage – after water.
  2. It’s the world’s 2nd largest traded commodity.  Oil is first.
  3. The longer that coffee beans have been roasted – the healthier they are.coffee facts for the world's most beloved beverage

4. It was said that coffee was discovered by a goat herder in Ethiopia in the 1500s.  He saw his goats eating coffee cherries. Afterwards, he observed a change in their behaviour and shared his findings with some monks.

They experimented with brewing the cherries like they were brewing tea.  It should come as no surprise, that after they drank it, they couldn’t fall asleep.

The rest is history. Well almost. We don’t know when or who started roasting it.

Coffee is grown in 70 different countries, including Australia.5) There are 80 different kinds of coffee plants.

6)Only 4 of these are used today.

7) Coffee plants can grow at 2000 meters elevation. They can even be planted on volcanoes! Sometimes it’s advertised as High Mountain Grown. However, it makes it more difficult to harvest and drives up the price.
coffee facts for the world's most beloved beverage
8) One coffee plant can be used for 20 years for commercial purposes.  Technically it can be used for longer but the quality decreases.

9)Wild plants are rare. The best place to find this in Ethiopia, where they grow up to 10 meters.

10)Most of our coffee comes from plants grown on plantations. Most plants only reach 2 meters.

Coffee is grown along the equator and some of the most popular is high mountain grown.

11) Coffee is grown in 80 countries, many along the equator.12) One plant has ~5 kg of fruit. This results in 800 grams of roasted coffee.13) Nespresso capsules have ingredients added to make it foamy. This result is not possible with just coffee beans.

12) One plant has ~5 kg of fruit. This results in 800 grams of roasted coffee.13) Nespresso capsules have ingredients added to make it foamy. This result is not possible with just coffee beans.

13) Nespresso capsules have ingredients added to make it foamy. This result is not possible with just coffee beans.

14)Scandinavian countries and the United States drink the most of this brewed beverage.

15)Germans drink on average 146 litres each year.

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16) Decaffeinated coffee comes from a chemical process where the caffeine is taken out of the beans.  The caffeine is then often sold to Coca-Cola.

17)If it bothers your stomach, it’s probably with Robusta because it’s higher in caffeine.  Instead, try Arabica. You may find that it doesn’t bother your stomach.

18) Valentin expects that prices will only continue to increase. The beverage is becoming more and more popular, especially in China. This will create a huge demand for it, so get your fill while you can afford it!

19) My own tip. Purchase shade-grown coffee wherever possible, like Audobon Premium Shade Grown Coffee.

According to Eco-Watch,  shade-grown accounts for less than two percent of the global coffee market. So a whopping 98 percent of the world’s coffee comes from farmers growing berries under a hot tropical sun—from plants that need lots of synthetic fertilizers and pesticides to thrive. And those types of sunny plantations are still on the rise….So how can coffee lovers make sure their morning buzz helps to conserve forests and support small farmers? Every researcher I spoke to mentioned the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center “bird-friendly” label as being the holy grail of sustainable shade-coffee certifications.

20)Kopi Luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world.  It comes from Indonesia and is made from beans digested from the Asian Palm Civet. In other words, it comes from cat poop.  It sells for €350 and up per kilo!

But, please, please don’t purchase this. Most of it is produced by civet cats kept in awful captive conditions. To quote Peta, it’s cruelty in every cup. Watch the video below and you’ll see what I mean:

 

Many thanks to Valentin, at Caroma in Fie’ Allo Sciliar Bolzano, Italy.  He shared the above facts with me and made me the best cappuccino I’ve ever had!

If you’re a coffee lover like me, be sure to check out my favourite Cafes in Munich, and especially Katzentemple, Germany’s first cat cafe!

Note:  I received a free cappuccino, but determined on my own free will that it was one of the best that I’ve ever tasted.

20 coffee facts that every connoisseur should know

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Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel. She's passionate about getting outdoors as often as possible and helping travellers do the same on their vacation in a sustainable way. She's Canadian and grew up in the Canadian Rockies but now lives in Munich, Germany. You can find her skiing or hiking in the mountains most weekends, hanging out with her cat or with her nose in a good book.

Comments

September 3, 2012
Great facts about my favorite beverage also:) I had no idea that there was even such a thing as a coffee sommelier...
September 3, 2012
t was indeed an awesome experience, and I didn't know many of the quirky facts related to coffee. A pity Caroma is a bot too far from Milan for a daily ristretto coffee :-)
September 3, 2012
It was indeed an awesome experience, and I didn't know many of the quirky facts related to coffee. A pity Caroma is a bot too far from Milan for a daily ristretto coffee :-)
September 3, 2012
D.J. - I had no idea either. Valentin said that Vienna used to be the only place you could get certified, but now there are other places as well. @Simon - Agreed, I learned so much. Visiting Caroma would make the trip from Milan worthwhile in itself.
September 3, 2012
Interesting trivia! I didn't know half of the info here! This one caught my eye: Decaffeinated coffee comes from a chemical process where the caffeine is taken out of the beans. The caffeine is then often sold to Coca-Cola. Makes sense actually! I can also tell you that coffee beans drying under the sun don't smell so good. I know, it's a disappointment! But I noticed that in Guatemala.
September 3, 2012
Surprising; I'd have thought tea was more popular than coffee in large parts of the world. Though people drink buckets of coffee up here, that's for sure.
September 3, 2012
Ok, now that I'm reading this, it seems we were talking about the same thing on twitter! I wouldn't call a civet a cat, but yeah, that's the stuff I tried in Indonesia. We were at some coffee place with gorgeous views of the rice terraces, and my friend bought a cup so I tried a sip of hers. Crazy expensive to actually buy a bag of the stuff. I laughed at the part about the caffeine being sold to Coca-Cola. Seems weird somehow!
September 4, 2012
Wow, I just learned so much about coffee! I'll never look at a coffee bean the same way again. I'm not too sure about cat poop coffee though...cleaning the kitter box is one if my least favorite chores. ;)
September 5, 2012
I remember reading about the cat poop coffee on Almost Fearless's blog. Very interesting. Yes, I definitely think you should try it at home and report back. :)
September 5, 2012
I have never, ever got coffee. How could people possible drink it more than wine lol. But I love coffee culture... though maybe not the cat poop....
September 7, 2012
I'm not a coffee drinker (one of the few clearly) but there are some great facts here :)
Anna Lawrence
September 15, 2012
Thank you! Some really interesting facts about my favourite drink! A quick FYI if you are ever in Vegas try the cappuccino at Bolagio's chocolate factory! Heaven.
September 16, 2012
Imagine being the first person to discover coffee. You would have no idea why you couldn't get to sleep. It wouldn't take long until you couldn't start the day without one, though. And so mankind's addiction would begin!
September 17, 2012
That is hilarious that the caffeine is taken out of the coffee beans and sold to Coke. I really like the flavor and smell of coffee, but can't deal with the caffeine. Oddly, up until recently, Coke never used to bother me.
September 21, 2012
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Ilizna (@TheTravelLiz)
December 8, 2012
Great post about two of my favourite things: traveling (Italy) & coffee! Not too sure about the cat process, but I'd love to try it anyway...
December 8, 2012
@Illizna - Thank you and two of my favorite things as well. I'd like to try the cat from coffee poop, but not find out what it actually was until afterwards.
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