Some Interesting Facts about Coffee

  • Coffee is one the second actively traded product after oil, with around 20 million people working in the coffee industry.  
  • There are around 70 coffee producing countries around the world with Brazil being the largest, which produces around 28 percent of the total world output. 
  • Contrary to what some people believe, coffee does not grow as a bean but as a red cherry carrying two beans.
  • There are over 60 different varieties of coffee but only two varieties are used for trading;
    Arabica and Robusta.
  • Caffeinated coffee has a beneficial effect on alertness and is known to boost performance. 
  • Black Coffee does not contain any calories,(as long as milk and sugar is not added).
  • A good coffee tree can produce up to 1 kg of raw coffee per year but needs temperatures between 17º and 23º as well as good rainfall and good soil conditions. 
  • Coffee trees only grow in tropical and sub-tropical regions.
  • When the coffee beans go through roasting process, the sugars in the beans start to caramelise.
  • It takes 5 years for a coffee tree to reach maturity.
  • The first coffee house opened in Venice in 1683.