Most coffee drinkers know the basic benefits from drinking a cup of coffee. It can help those drinking it to feel more energized and even improve physical performance. Not only is coffee delicious, it's also known to help mobilize fats and increase metabolism, which can sometimes help people lose weight.
All of this brings us to those rare coffee facts that are typically less familiar.
1) Coffee beans are actually seeds rather than beans!
While they are referred to as coffee beans, they are actually the seeds of the red, juicy, cherry-like coffee fruit growing on fruit trees. Coffee seed just doesn’t have a great ring to it, and coffee bean sounds a lot more appetizing than coffee seeds. Just an FYI - Beans are always seeds. Yet, seeds are not always beans. Beans don't grow on trees!
2) Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world [value wise].
Green (unroasted) coffee is one of the most traded agricultural commodities in the world. Over 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the world every day. Tens of millions of small producers make their living growing coffee.
3) The United States imports way more coffee than any other country in the world.
The United States topped the global chart by importing the highest dollar value worth of coffee in 2018. We sized up at $5.7 billion, which is 18.5% of total coffee imports. Germany came in second and France third.
4) Over half of Americans over the age of 18 are daily coffee drinkers.
It’s obvious that Americans love coffee. A
National Coffee Association study in 2018 shows that 64% of Americans
drink coffee, with a trend showing a rise again in consuming coffee
brewed at home. Maybe we enjoy tapping into our inner-barista more than
waiting in line at a coffee shop!
According to World Atlas, our coffee consumption is at 9.25 pounds of coffee consumed per person annually. U.S. consumption has increased by an entire 2.20 pounds in the last five years, and there is no indication that the trend will derail.
5) Per capita - People in Finland drink more coffee than anyone else in the world.
Finland is closely followed by several other Nordic countries. The Nordic countries in general put the rest of the world to shame when it comes to coffee consumption. The Finns consume a whopping 26.45 pounds per person per year. The USA is way down on the list at 25. Take more coffee breaks! We have a lot of catching up to do!
6) Coffee is our number one source of disease-fighting antioxidants.
Nothing else comes close. Coffee outranks both fruits and vegetables combined, according to a study by researchers at the University of Scranton Pennsylvania. Both caffeinated and decaf versions appear to provide similar antioxidant levels.
However - Coffee doesn't actually contain the most antioxidants. That would actually be dates, but not too many people eat dates. Over half of all Americans do drink coffee every day (3.5 cups per day on average), so it comes out WAY ahead as the leading source.
7) Coffee helped bring the world out of the Dark Ages and into the Age of Enlightenment.
Since coffee is a stimulant that activates the brain, early coffeehouses became centers of freethinking and self-discovery. The gathering places became a “home away from home” for intellects, artists, and others as they began to seek out an environment to engage in discussing such thought-provoking topics as politics and philosophy over a delicious cup of coffee. Don't you feel smarter already?
8) King Charles II Of England banned coffeehouses in 1675.
Suspecting that these establishments were used for for plotting treason and sedition among the population (which they actually were), the king threw a wrench into this by closing down the shops. The short-lived law that passed on Dec. 29, 1675 was abolished 11 days later by several of his ministers who loved their coffee. Smart move! We assume that banning coffeehouses would have probably inspired a lot more plots of treason and sedition than leaving them open.
9) The American Revolution inspired Americans to switch from Tea to Coffee.
Drinking tea after the Boston Tea Party in 1773, was considered unpatriotic so American patriots started drinking a LOT more coffee and spending a LOT more time in coffeehouses... You guessed it! Plotting sedition!
10) The American Revolution was planned in coffeehouses.
With this new appreciation of coffee, coffeehouses became a gathering place for American patriots, revolutionaries, and rebels to discuss their thoughts on politics and other interests. In fact, Boston’s celebrated Green Dragon coffeehouse was referred to as the “Headquarters of the Revolution.”
The first reading of the Declaration of Independence was shared with the public at the now famous Merchant’s Coffee House. Makes you wonder where this country would be without coffee!