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If you are a regular coffee drinker, here are some interesting facts that you may not have known about coffee!

Coffee was the first food to be freeze-dried
The process of freeze drying happens when fresh foods are placed in a dryer where temperatures drop to negative 40 degrees Fahrenheit. This process began during World War II in order to preserve foods.

The majority of coffee is produced in Brazil
40% of the worlds coffee is produced in Brazil, which is twice as much as second and third place holders, Columbia and Vietnam.

Coffee was originally a food.
Coffee berries were mixed with fat to create an energy-rich snack ball. It was also consumed as a wine when made from the pulp of coffee berries.
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Hawaii is the only state in the U.S. that commercially grows coffee
Kona coffee is the United States’ gift to the coffee world. Because coffee grows best in climates along the equator, Hawaii’s weather is perfect for harvesting coffee beans.

Coffee is actually a fruit
Coffee beans as we know them are actually the pits of a cherry-like berry that are grown on bushes. Although coffee is actually a seed, it’s called a bean because of its resemblance to actual beans.


There have been five attempts to ban coffee throughout history.
Coffee was first banned in Mecca in 1511 because leaders believed it stimulated radical thinking. And, 16th century Italian clergymen tried to ban coffee because they believed it to be “satanic.” However, Pope Clement VII loved coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had coffee baptized in 1600. But Ottoman leader Murad IV took it even further when he ascended the throne in 1623 by creating the first punishments for drinking coffee, which included beatings and being thrown into the sea.

In 1746, the Swedish government made it illegal to even have coffee paraphenalia, including cups and dishes. And finally, in 1777, Frederick the Great of Prussia issued a manifesto declaring beer’s superiority over coffee because he believed it interfered with the country’s beer consumption.

New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than the rest of the U.S.
But they aren’t quite at the top of the coffee consumer charts, yet. Finland is the most caffeinated country, where the average adult consumes the equivalent of four or five cups of coffee a day.

The largest cup of coffee ever was brewed in July 2014 in South Koreacoffee (1)
It was over 3,700 gallons. The largest iced coffee was brewed in Las Vegas in 2010, and was 1,500 gallon, and that’s not including the ice.

80% of adults consume caffeine every day in the U.S.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, the average intake is 200mg, or about 2 five ounce cups of coffee.

Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day
Wow! That is equivalent to 146 billion cups each year, making the U.S. the leading consumer of coffee.

The average worker spends $20.00 a week on coffee
that totals to nearly $1,100 annually.

Simply smelling coffee can wake you up
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Have you ever heard the expression ” wake up and smell the coffee”?
It turns out there’s a little science behind that phrase. A group of scientists reported that simply inhaling the aroma of coffee can alter the activity of some genes in the brain, reducing the effects of sleep deprivation. And when you do drink that cup of coffee, caffeine reaches your blood fast, like 10 minutes fast.

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