22 Facts About Coffee: The World’s Most Important Beverage

The entire world would shut down without it.

1. Legend has it a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder discovered coffee by accident when he noticed how crazy the beans were making his goats.

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2. New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than other cities in the US.

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3. Coffee is a psychoactive. And at high doses it can make you see things… It can also kill you…

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4. The lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee.

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5. A French doctor in the 1600s suggested Cafe Au Laits for patients, inspiring people to begin adding milk to coffee.

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6. The French philosopher Voltaire is said to have drank 50 cups of coffee a day. Because he ruled.

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7. Espresso is regulated by the Italian government because it is considered an essential part of their daily life

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8. Hawaii is the only state that commercially grows coffee. And this is what it looks like:

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9. In the ancient Arab culture there was only one way a woman could legally divorce: If her husband didn’t provide enough coffee.

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10. Coffee beans are actually the pit of a berry, which makes them a fruit. The best fruit.

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11. IMPORTANT TO KNOW: Brewed espresso has 2.5% fat, while filtered coffee contains 0.6% fat.

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12. Johan Sebastian Bach wrote an opera about a woman who was addicted to coffee.

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13. We’re not going to tell you how, but there is a way to brew coffee with marijuana in it and it is described as producing a “dreamy” kind of coffee buzz.

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14. Unlike the hip 20-something Baristas in the US, in Italy the average Barista age is 48, and it is a very respected profession.

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15. Want to know the history of the word “coffee”? Well here it is:

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16. In the 1600s there was a controversy over whether or not Catholics could drink coffee, luckily Pope Clement VIII said it was okay.

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17. No matter what people tell you, caffeine cannot help you sober up.

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18. The first webcam was invented at The University of Cambridge to let people know if the coffee pot was full or not.

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19. There is a spa in Japan that lets you bathe in coffee, tea, or wine. I wouldn’t drink it though…

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20. This is the most expensive drink at Starbucks: $23.50, with 16 shots of espresso or 1400mg of caffeine.

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21. Before coffee caught on in the US in the 1700s, beer was breakfast drink of choice. Which is only slightly less awesome.

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22. Irish coffee was actually invented to warm up cold American plane passengers leaving from Ireland.

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Here’s the recipe!

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23. And lastly, Teddy Roosevelt is and was the greatest American coffee drinker, consuming a gallon a day. But you probably shouldn’t attempt to do that.

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