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I've written a lot of blogs about coffee. In that time, I've found out some pretty interesting fun facts about coffee that most people probably don't know about. I'm going to share some of those fun things with you that will hopefully help you at some point during trivia night.

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Coffee was discovered in Ethiopia by a legendary goat herder named Kaldi around 750 AD. He discovered the profound caffeinated effects of coffee when he noticed his goats dancing around after eating coffee berries. His exhilaration prompted him to bring the berries to an Islamic monk in a nearby monastery, but the monk disapproved of their use and thew them into a fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed. The roasted beans were quickly raked from the embers, ground up, and dissolved into hot water, yielding the world's first cup of coffee.

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There are 129 different species of coffee trees, but only 2 are produced at scale (Arabica and Robusta).

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New Yorkers drink almost seven times as much coffee as the rest of the U.S. However, Finland is the most caffeinated country, where the average adult consumes the equivalent of four or five cups of coffee a day.

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Coffee beans are exothermic (they heat from the inside) and need to be cooled immediately after roasting to prevent further cooking.

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The majority of coffee is produced in Brazil. Brazil produces 40% of the world's coffee, which is twice as much as 2nd and 3rd place holders, Colombia and Vietnam.

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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 optimal for harvesting coffee beans.

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Darker roast coffee has less caffeine than lighter roast. Even though the flavor is often stronger, roasting actually burns off some of the caffeine.

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Coffee stays warmer when you add cream. Coffee with added cream cools about 20% slower than plain black coffee. But when you add milk, it weakens the effects of caffeine. Our bodies absorb coffee much slower when it has added fat milk content, which decreases the stimulants.

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The term "cup of joe" originated in the 1930s. There are different theories as to how it started.

1) Martinson Coffee was founded in 1898 by Joe Martinson and was known as a larger-than-life personality. The New York company trademarked the term "cup of joe" suggesting it originated from the company's early years. Local people would have called the coffee "Joe's coffee" or "a cup of Joe" at the time. As the company grew, the term expanded its reach.

2) Java + Mocha = Jamoka which was a common nickname for coffee in the 1930s. With slang terms this could have been shortened to just joe.

3) Since joe refers to an average man, "the average joe," "cup of joe" could simply be a reference to an ordinary person's drink. Regardless of whether this is the true origin of "cup of joe," the term may have been kept alive by "joes," or average guys, following World War II. As diners popped up in the 1940s and 50s, working men who ate their daily breakfast at these restaurants might have been served "cups of joe."

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Coffee is actually a fruit. Coffee beans are actually seeds from coffee cherries.

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Coffee was brought to New Amsterdam (present day New York City) in the mid-1600s. However, it didn't become very popular until after the Boston Tea Party in 1773. The Civil War and other conflicts helped boost the popularity of coffee.

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Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth. According to the Global Exchange, there are approximately 25 million farmers in over 50 countries involved in producing coffee. The number one commodity? Oil.

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It takes 40 coffee beans to make an espresso shot.

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Just smelling coffee can wake you up. 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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Coffee was the first food to be freeze-dried. The process of freeze drying - when fresh foods are placed in a dryer where temperatures drop to negative 40 degrees F - first started during World War II to preserve foods.

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Each coffee tree only produces enough cherries for 1 - 2 pounds of roasted coffee per year. To put this into more perspective, an Arabica coffee tree takes 5 years to fully mature. Coffee beans take about 9 months to ripen. Some areas in the world may only have one growing season. A coffee bean tree can live up to 75 years but is only used commercially for about 30 years.

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A 2-cup-a-day coffee drinker will consume the annual harvest of 18 coffee trees in a year. So that means coffee beans are precious and should be praised! Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day. That is the equivalent to 146 billion cups each year, making the U.S. the leading consumer of coffee.

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The world's most expensive coffee is $600 a pound. And it comes from the feces of a Sumatran wild cat. The animal, called a Luwak, is unable to digest coffee beans. In the process of digesting the beans, they are fermented in the stomach. When the beans are excreted, they produce a smooth, chocolaty coffee. Uh, yum?

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Roasted coffee beans typically only stay fresh about 1 - 2 weeks after opening the bag. After that they lose their true taste and aroma.

So there you have it, folks! Some pretty interesting fun facts about coffee. Hopefully you learned a little something new about coffee. I know we have.

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