Wake up and smell the coffee, it’s International Coffee Day and we’re giving you an insight into some interesting facts about one of the world’s most popular hot drinks. Many people can’t start their day without a cup of coffee, that’s because it gives you a much-needed energy boost to get you through the day.
The History of Coffee
We’re in the year 700 AD in the blistering country of Ethiopia, where Kaldi, who was a goat herder, stumbled on his goats acting quite strange. They were pressing around and he found that they were eating red berries and later found that this fruit was the cause of their odd behavior.
Stories suggest that Kaldi gave them to the monks who threw them in the fire and made a pleasant smell, which created the world’s first roasted coffee bean. They were over the mood that they found something that kept them awake for longer, which meant they could pray throughout the night.
Since the 1600’s, coffee has travelled across Yemen and various parts of the world, which has seen a huge spread of coffee growers and drinkers around the world. In fact, coffee is now planted in over 70 countries worldwide, most of which are Arabic and South American countries.
Coffee Stats and Facts
- Coffee is the second-most traded commodity globally
- Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world
- Brazil produces the world’s largest volume of coffee
- 9% of coffee drinkers in the US order their coffee via an app
- Finland is the world’s largest coffee consumer
- The most preferred coffee type is Arabica
- For every 1 million inhabitants of Monaco, there are 52 Starbucks outlets. The most outlets per capita
- 64% of Americans drink coffee every day