1. We used to brew our coffee with eggs, fish, and eel skins.
2. You can make white wine from coffee pulp.
3. A satirical 17th-century pamphlet claimed that coffee would lead men to be "Cuckol'd by Dildo's."
4. Coffee was in such high demand during the Revolutionary War that women raided a warehouse to get it.
5. One couple's undercover love affair is responsible for Brazil's massive coffee production.
6. Honoré de Balzac drank 50 cups of black coffee, which is either way too much, or just enough, depending on how you look at it.
7. Sultan Murad IV didn't just ban coffee, he executed coffee drinkers.
8. King Frederick the Great of Prussia brewed his coffee with champagne.
9. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote an entire mini-opera about coffee to shade coffee naysayers.
Unless otherwise noted, all facts come from Uncommon Grounds: The History of Coffee and How It Transformed Our World by Mark Pendergrast.