Coffee Facts – No.1
Coffee Facts – 1
Many people from all over the world have come under coffee’s delicious spell, and this love for a good brew has been represented in countless memes, movies, TV shows, books, poems and even classical music! And all supposedly from the legend of Kaldi, a 9th-century Ethiopian goatherd discovering coffee after noticing his goats becoming hyperactive after grazing on some bright red berries. Kaldi tried these red berries himself and the exhilarating effects of coffee became clear to him.
As a multi-award winning coffee roaster, and with coffee being my passion, I’ve put together a few interesting facts about coffee:
1. The world consumes almost 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day.
Based on data collated by WorldAtlas.com these are the top ten countries for consumption of coffee per capita:
Finland: 9.6 kg per capita (consumption of 2.64 cups/day)
Norway: 7.2 kg (1.98 cups/day)
Netherlands: 6.7 kg (1.84 cups/day)
Slovenia: 6.1 kg (1.68 cups/day)
Austria: 5.5 kg (1.51 cups/day)
Serbia: 5.4 kg (1.49 cups/day)
Denmark: 5.3 kg (1.46 cups/day)
Germany: 5.2 kg (1.43 cups/day)
Belgium: 4.9 kg (1.35 cups/day)
Brazil: 4.8kg (1.32 cups/day)
Australia comes in at a paltry 42nd at nearly 3kgs – ‘come on, lift your game!’
2. Composer Johan Sebastian Bach, who was apparently a coffee enthusiast, wrote an opera about a coffee addicted woman.
His Coffee Cantata (AKA Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211) is a rare example of a secular work by the composer. Coffee Cantata is about a young vivacious woman named Aria who loves coffee. Her killjoy father is, of course, totally against his daughter having any kind of caffeinated fun. So he tries to ban her from the drink. Aria bitterly complains.
3. A cafe in France will charge you more for your coffee if you don’t say “hello” and “please”.