Coffee Trivia

Are you a true java junkie? If so then you should know all about your favorite drink. This trivia will help make you the Cliff Clavin of coffee knowledge.

Are you a true java junkie? If so then you should know all about your favorite drink. This trivia will help make you the “Cliff Clavin” of coffee knowledge. (If you’re a television junkie, you know who that is).

  • ALL coffee is grown within 1000 miles of the equator between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
  • In the coffee world, “excelso” or “supremo” do not indicate the quality of the beans, but rather, the size of the beans.
  • Coffee was first known in Europe as “Arabian Wine”.
  • Brazil, the world’s largest producer, grows about 35% of the world’s coffee.
  • Because they ripen at varying degrees, all coffee beans must be individually hand picked.
  • A mature coffee tree will produce about one pound of coffee per growing season.
  • It takes 2,000 hand-picked Arabica coffee cherries to make one roasted pound of coffee – or approximately 4,000 beans.
  • Coffee, grown in more than 50 countries, is the second largest export in the world (in dollar value) after oil.
  • The heavy tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773, (remember the Boston Tea Party from your history class) was the catalyst that made Americans switch their beverage of choice from tea to coffee.
  • The first commercial espresso machine was manufactured in Italy in 1906.
  • Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa.
  • Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.
  • Espresso has 1/3 of the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee.
  • Jamaica Blue Mountain is regarded as the best coffee in the world (not to mention the most expensive).
  • 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!

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