According to a popular jingle, the best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup. We’re not partial here, so it doesn’t matter what brand you drink. Coffee has some unusual trivia that you will find most interesting. So sit back, fill your cup to the rim, and read about some unusual coffee trivia.
- When a coffee seed is planted, it takes five years to yield consumable fruit.
- Those British are sophisticated people, in almost everything except their choice of coffee. They still drink instant ten-to-one over fresh brewed.
- The largest coffee importer center in the U.S. is located in the city of New Orleans, LA.
- The heavy tea tax imposed on the colonies in 1773, which caused the “Boston Tea Party,” resulted in America switching from tea to coffee. Drinking coffee was an expression of freedom.
- The first Parisian cafe opened in 1689 to serve coffee.
- The Civil War in the United States elevated the popularity of coffee to new heights. Soldiers went to war with coffee beans as a primary ration.
- The average annual coffee consumption of the American adult is 26.7 gallons, or over 400 cups.
- The average age of an Italian barista is 48 years old. A barista is a respected job title in Italy.
- The aroma and flavor derived from coffee is a result of the little beads of the oily substance called coffee essence, coffeol, or coffee oil. This is not an actual oil since it dissolves in water.
- Over 53 countries grow coffee worldwide, but all of them lie along the equator between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.
- Milk as an additive to coffee became popular in the 1680’s, when a French physician recommended that cafe au lait be used for medicinal purposes.
- Japan ranks Number 3 in the world for coffee consumption.
- Irish cream and Hazelnut are the most popular whole bean coffee flavorings.
- In the last three centuries, 90% of all people living in the Western world have switched from tea to coffee.
- During World War II the U.S. government used 260 million pounds of instant coffee.
- Coffee, as a world commodity, is second only to oil.
- Coffee trees are self-pollinating
- 52% of Americans drink coffee.
“Coffee should be black as hell, strong as death, and as sweet as love” – Turkish Proverb
Raleigh has numerous coffeehouses to sit back and catch up friend with friends. One in particular is actually in Garner called Aversboro Coffee. Your Raleigh food examiner has meet friends there as well and it is fabulous!
The atmosphere at Aversboro Coffee is relaxed and inviting and its location is easy to find. The menu includes not only coffee, but also tea, iced or frozen beverages, and alternatives such as chai, hot chocolate and vanilla steamers. Take a break from the coffee house chains and give this local coffee dive a try. You will not be disappointed!
Hope you enjoyed your cup o’ joe as you read through these unusual coffee trivia tidbits.
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