Interesting Facts About Coffee

Coffee is the world’s most widely taken legal drug, and second-most-traded legal commodity, after petroleum.

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Both the American Revolution and the French Revolution were born in coffee houses.

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Espresso has about 1/3 of the caffeine of a regular cup of coffee.  If you’re wanting to maximize caffeine, you should opt for the light roast over the dark and robusta beans over Arabic.

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Over 25 million people worldwide are completely dependent on coffee for their income with an average of 36 hands touching every coffee bean as it goes through more than 23 steps to get from the bush to your cup.

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The lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee.  Supposedly for the world record of consuming coffee, a man drank 82 cups of coffee in 7 consecutive hours.   

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Teddy Roosevelt is and was the greatest American coffee drinker, consuming a gallon a day.  Teddy also helped Maxwell House come up with their famous slogan, ‘Good Till The Last Drop’.

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Coffee beans are combustible and scientists have suggested that coffee beans could replace fossil fuels as one of our main sources of energy and motor fuel.

  British engineers created a car that runs on coffee beans in 2011 and it broke the record as the fastest car in existence to run on organic fuels.  Researchers at the Maine Technology Institute have investigated ways to turn spent coffee grounds into fuel pellets to be burned for energy.   Another group of scientists have devised a way to use coffee grounds to produce an alcoholic drink, by fermenting the grounds and distilling them in a method similar to the production of whiskey.

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According to legend, coffee was discovered by goat herders whose goats got a little wild after munching on some coffee berries. But goats were not the first to enjoy the buzz of coffee.  Scientists found that consuming caffeine helped bees to improve their long-term memories. The caffeine acts on the brain chemistry of bees in a way that makes the flowers more memorable, so the bees are more likely to return to plants of the same type.

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