Coffee makes the world go round. From helping us wake up every dreary Monday morning to letting us get our work done faster, coffee is an essential part of people’s lives all over the world. Though coffee may be part of your daily routine, do you think you know all there is to know about the caffeinated wonder drink?
The coffee bean is actually a seed inside of a bright red berry. According to legend, shepherds in Ethiopia first noticed the effects of the caffeine in coffee when they saw their goats acting frisky after eating these coffee berries. Some time after, it was common for people to eat these beans, rather than drink a product made from them, as tribes in Africa mixed coffee berries with fat to form edible energy balls.
Today coffee is cultivated to be traded around the world. Though in nature coffee trees can grow to be 30 feet tall, farmers grow them to 10 feet for easy picking. Coffee is now the second-most traded commodity on Earth, with all coffee being grown in the “Bean Belt,” the area between the Topics of Cancer and Capricorn. Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that grows coffee, which is probably why the U.S. imports over $ 4.1 billion of coffee each year. This doesn’t mean that the Americas aren’t big coffee producers, though: 40% of the world’s coffee is produced by Brazil and Colombia.
Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year. On average, men drink 1.7 cups of coffee each day while women drink 1.5. The French philosopher Voltaire is said to have drunk 50 cups of coffee per day! Coffee is exalted by people around the world. In fact in Italy, espresso is said to be regulated by the Italian government because it is considered an essential part of daily life. Interestingly, the first webcam was invented at the University of Cambridge to show campus members whether the coffee pot was full or not.
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