10 Fun Facts to share over a cup of coffee.
1. The Most Expensive Coffee In The World Comes From Indonesia. And it goes by the name of Kopi Luwak. Those who drink it insist that it is heavenly. It is apparently made from beans that are eaten, partly digested and then excreted by the Asian palm civet, a weasel-like animal.
2. Northern Europeans Are The Biggest Coffee Drinkers Northern European countries love their coffee. In fact, they drink by far the most coffee in the world with Norway, Finland and Denmark leading the pack.
3. But Americans Are The Leading Coffee Consumer. Our European friends may drink more coffee than us, but the sheer size of the American market makes us the largest consumer of coffee in the world. On average, we consume 450 million cups of coffee per day, which adds up to over 150 billion cups consumed in an entire year!
4. Coffee Is (Not) The Second Most Traded Commodity In The World. It is often cited that coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world after petroleum. It sounds good, but it isn’t accurate. Many commodities are traded for more value each year than coffee, including: petroleum, natural gas, copper, aluminum and gold.
5. Brazil Is The Largest Coffee Producing Country. No other country comes close to Brazil in terms of coffee production. Currently, Brazil’s coffee industry is responsible for 30-40% of the world’s coffee supply.
6. Instant Coffee Was Invented By George Washington. Well, not the George Washington you’re thinking of though. Instant coffee was invented in 1906 in the Central American country of Guatemala by a Belgian named George Washington.7. The Average American Drinks 3 Cups Of Coffee A Day. However, Americans are only 8th in the world in per capital coffee consumption with their daily average of 3 cups of coffee.
8. Americans Love Their Caffeine And Get It Any Way They Can. While just over 50% of the American population older than 18 drink coffee each day, many Americans find other ways to get their caffeine fix. Other popular sources of caffeine include: energy drinks, chocolate bars, tea, soft drinks and weight loss supplements.
9. Seattle Is The Coffee Capital of the United States. With its rainy, overcast Pacific Northwest climate, Seattle has the most coffee shops per capital in the United States (35 per 100,000).
10. Hawaii Is The Only Place In America That Coffee Is Grown. Coffee is grown in 53 countries worldwide, all located in the equatorial climate zone between the tropic of Cancer and Capricorn. The only U.S. state that falls into this climatic zone is Hawaii.