10 Interesting Facts About Coffee – Black River Roasters


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10 Interesting Facts About Coffee

Hey everyone,

I have always enjoyed reading the Snapple facts underneath the lids and wanted to give you some interesting facts about coffee.  I hope you will like reading these as much as I did and learn something new too!

1. Light has more Caffeine than Dark. Most of you may know this fact from our website, but here it is again. The reason for this is that the caffeine burns off the longer it roasts resulting in darker roasts having less caffeine than lighter roasts. To get that extra jolt in the morning, wake up with our Organic Breakfast Blend.

2. A Goat Discovered Coffee.  According to legend, Kaldi, an Ethiopian goat herder, noticed his goats becoming more energetic after eating cherries from a coffee tree.  He decided to eat the berries himself and experienced the effects of the caffeine.  Some do not believe this is true, but I think it is very viable.

3. The Rise of Islam.  The rise of Islam contributed greatly to the popularity of coffee.  The religion prohibited drinking alcohol, but coffee was considered an acceptable drink.

4. Espresso is NOT a Bean.  Espresso is not referring to a particular type of bean; instead it refers to a drink.  More specifically it is how coffee is prepared, which is hot pressurized water shot through finely ground coffee. Next time you want an amazing espresso, make sure to use our Organic Espresso Blend.

5. The Bean Belt. All coffee in the world is grown in the Bean Belt.  This refers to the area between the Tropics of Cancer and the Tropics of Capricorn.  Hawaii is the only state in the US that grows coffee.

6. Fuel Source.  Coffee can actually be used to fuel a car!  It is not very efficient, but it is great to know that coffee not only fuels our bodies, but it can also fuel our cars.  To learn more about it, go here.

7. Second Most Traded Commodity. Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world!  It is only second to oil.

8. Cup of Joe.  The phrase “cup of joe” comes from American servicemen (GI Joes) in WWII being seen as big coffee drinkers.  Furthermore, the term “Americano” also comes from American GI’s during WWII because they would order espresso with water to dilute the strong flavor.

9. 500 Billion Cups.  There are over 500 billion cups of coffee drank every year!  Now that is a lot of coffee!  Over half of those are consumed at breakfast.

10. Coffee Grows on Trees.  Coffee trees can grow up to 30 feet tall, but are cultivated to be around 10 feet tall for easy picking.  Additionally, the coffee bean is actually a seed inside of a bright red berry.  These berries are referred to as cherries.

The End!