THERE'S MORE TO YOUR CUP OF COFFEE THAN YOU MIGHT THINK. DID YOU KNOW?...
There is an espresso machine in space.
Italian Coffee company Lavazza creaed the world's first coffee machine that works in space. The machine was created in 2015 after Astronoughts suggested one of the main things they missed when in space was coffee. The machine allows espresso or lungo coffees to be made while in zero gravity. Click here to read more.
2. You can thank goats for coffee's discovery
Legend has it that coffee was discovered after a goat farmer in Ethiopia in the 1500s saw his goats eating what looked like fruit (coffee cherries). After noticing his goats being more energetic and being unable to sleep at night, he shared the findings with local monks who created a drink from the beans of the fruit, what we know today as coffee.
3. Brazil is the world's largest coffee producer
In the 2017/2018 crop year, Brazil produced 3.05 million metric tons of coffee, which was over 30% of the world's production. Some 300,000 plantations are spread over more than 10,000 square miles of the Brazilian landscape.
4. The beloved cappuccino is named after the Capuchin Friars
The colour of espresso mixed with frothed milk in a cappuccino was similar to the colour of the robes worn by Capuchin monks in 16th Century Italy. Hence the name "cappuccino".
5. Coffee consumption continues to grow at 2% every year
We have never consumed more coffee globally, and the amount we drink is staidly on the rise year on year.
6. The Coffee Value Chain supports over 120 million jobs around the world
According to the International Coffee Organization, coffee's value chain - all of the component parts that go into producing and consuming coffee - creates more than 120 million jobs globally.
7. Coffee is the world's second-most sought commodity
After crude oil, coffee is the most sought commodity in the world.
8. Over 500 billion cups of coffee are drank every year
Whether its a latte, cappuccino, drip, press, espresso or Frappuccino, our love for coffee has never been greater. Coffee consumption is at an all time high, with an astounding 500 billion cups being consumed every single year!
9. Coffee is only grown in a select number of countries
Due to the conditions required to grow good coffee (temperature, soil, altitude) coffee is not grown and produced in every country. It is grown in 50 countries, across Asia, Africa, South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
10. Finland is the world's largest consumer of coffee.
Per capita, that is. When it comes to coffee consumption per person, the nation of Finalnd is well in the lead with an average of 12kg of coffee being consumed per person. To put that into perspective, the USA sits at #25 with 4.2kg of coffee consumed per person.
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