1. The United States is the leading consumer of coffee in the world consuming over 400 million cups of coffee per day. That’s equivalent to 146 billion cups of coffee per year!?
2. Although coffee has been a part of the Arab culture for thousands of years, it did not become part of the western world until the 1500s. Before that time, priests believed that coffee was a drink of the devil. Pope Clement VIII finally ended this line of thinking by taking a sip of coffee and then giving it his blessing.
3. There is a spa in Japan that lets you bathe in coffee, tea, or wine. (whhyyyy?!!)
4. It takes approximately 37 gallons of water to make just one cup of coffee when you account for inputs needed to grow and process the beans.
5. After Petrol, coffee is the most sought after commodity in the world.
6. Coffee cherries—the fruit that bears our beloved beans—are a favorite snack of elephants, and the beans can be harvested from their dung. Smooth and caramel-tasting, elephant-dung coffee has been known to sell for over £300 a pound!!
7. You can have too much of a good thing...consuming anywhere between 70-100 cups of coffee could actually kill you. Though anywhere between 10-20 cups would cause very uncomfortable and annoying side effects... **puts cup down**
8. Turkish bridegrooms were once required to make a promise during their wedding ceremonies to always provide their new wives with coffee. If they failed to do so, it was grounds for divorce!
9. The first webcam was invented to monitor how much coffee was left in the pot at the University of Cambridge. (This was a pretty big deal, the coffee pot even had its own website and members club!!)
10. Coffee beans are combustible and scientists have suggested that coffee beans could replace fossil fuels as one of our main sources of energy and motor fuel. (Dem nifty beans doh!)