Facts about coffee that may surprise you


Coffee provides us so much more than than a daily lift so we took a look at some facts about that may surprise you.

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Coffee around the world

Around 25 million people are employed by the coffee industry, most of which are farmers. Aside from crude oil, it is actually the most widely traded commodity across the globe. You may know that Brazil is one country that produces a good amount of coffee, but did you know that it is home to more than four billion coffee trees in Brazil alone? In Africa, these coffee trees are put to a different type of use. The Oromo tribe plant coffee tribes on sorcerers’ graves.

How much coffee is too much?

Every year, around 500 billion cups of coffee are brewed and enjoyed. Worried your coffee love will send you over the edge? Don’t be! If you were to fatally overdose on coffee, you would need to drink around one hundred cups in one sitting. So, drink away! In fact, men who drink six or more cups of coffee per day have a 20 per cent less chance of prostate cancer. And while we are on the subject of drinking lots of coffee, the biggest cup that has ever been brewed was 3,700 gallons. This is the equivalent of approximately 60,000 regular cups. Coffee can also reduce Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and type 2 diabetes. They certainly like their coffee in Finland, with the average adult consuming around five cups of coffee per day. Plus, four out of five Americans start each day with a cup of coffee. You wouldn’t have wanted to live in 17th century England; women weren’t allowed to drink coffee in public places back then.

Where does that word come from?

Do you know where the word ‘cappuccino’ comes from? It is actually the name for the robes of a section of Christian monks. Less random, the word ‘espresso’ is used to describe hot water being forced through the coffee grounds – so, it’s not an actual type of coffee. We definitely think that Turkey has the right idea; the phrase coffee house means ‘school for the wise’ in Turkish.

So there you have it: some of the most surprising and interesting facts about coffee! From being the most widely traded global commodity after crude oil to the many health benefits that come from coffee, there is a lot to love about our favourite drink. If you want to make the most of coffee in the workplace, ensuring your employees get the boost they need, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us at Office Coffee Company to place your order.

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