As one of the most popular drinks worldwide, most people can’t make it through the day without a cup of coffee in the morning. Coffee is now a multi-billion dollar industry with over one thousand years of history. But just how much do you know about the caffeinated drink? Check out our top 10 most interesting facts about coffee.
- Coffee was first discovered by goat herders in Ethiopia in the 9th century
The legend is that the shepherd Kaldi discovered coffee in 850 A.D. when he noticed how his goats would become more excited after eating a specific type of cherry. After this, the coffee cherries were frequently prepared with clarified butter and eaten for energy.
- Coffee beans are the pits of the berries from the Coffea plant
If hearing about coffee cherries took you by surprise in the first story, you’ll be interested to know that coffee “beans” actually come from fruits.
- In the late 15th century, coffee had become so popular in Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) that a law was created that gave any woman the power to divorce her husband if he did not provide her with an adequate amount of coffee.
- Several times in history people have attempted to ban coffee
– Around 1600 many Italian clergymen believed coffee was “satanic”
– In 1623 Ottoman Sultan Murad IV created punishments for drinking coffee such as being thrown to sea
– In 1746 Sweden made it illegal to have both coffee and coffee paraphernalia (cups and saucers)
- Coffee was baptized by a pope
Remember those Italian clergymen? They went to Pope Clement VIII to ask him to denounce coffee, but he insisted that he should try a cup before making a decree. He loved it and “baptized” the coffee beans to cleanse them from the devil’s influence. This led to the widespread acceptance of coffee in the Western world.
- Many famous people had very specific coffee habits:
– Beethoven drank his coffee with exactly 60 coffee beans
– Voltaire would drink 50 cups of coffee a day while writing
– Theodore Roosevelt drank a gallon of coffee per day
- Finland is the world’s most caffeinated country
The average adult drinks 27.5 lbs. per year, compared to only 11 lbs for an American. However …
- The average American still spends $1092 on coffee each year
- The first webcam was invented to check on a coffee pot
The webcam was created for the sole purpose of checking whether there was any coffee left in the pot stationed in the main computer lab (The “Trojan Room”) at the University of Cambridge. The camera would update images three times a minute so researchers would not need to make an unnecessary trip to check the coffee pot.
- The world consumes almost 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day
And 400 million of those cups are consumed in the U.S.
Do you have any fun coffee facts that we missed? Let us know in the comments!