Coffee facts

Coffee has become very popular these days. Coffee houses are popping up on every corner. Coffee is still in it's research stages, but coffee facts are being studied, and the this warm beverage may have positive effects on our health. Coffee drinking may lower your risk of colon cancer by up to 25 percent because of its ability to help keep you regular. Also,people with asthma who drink coffee can have up to 25 percent fewer symptoms because one of the compounds in coffee - theophylline - acts as a bronchodilator.

Some Interesting Coffee Facts:

Coffee is the second most traded product in the world after petroleum. World wide coffee production tips the scales at about 6 million metric tons.

It takes five years for a coffee tree to reach maturity. The average yield from one tree is the equivalent of one roasted pound of coffee.

27% of U.S. coffee drinkers and 43% of German drinkers add a sweetener to their coffee?

Germany is the world's second largest consumer of coffee in terms of volume at 16 pounds per person.

Over 53 countries grow coffee worldwide, but all of them lie along the equator between the tropic of Cancer and Capricorn.

An acre of coffee trees can produce up to 10,000 pounds of coffee cherries. That amounts to approximately 2,000 pounds of beans after hulling or milling.

The percolator was invented in 1827 by a French man. It would boil the coffee producing a bitter tasting brew. Today most people use the drip or filtered method to brew their coffee.

With the exception of Hawaii and Puerto Rico, no coffee is grown in the United States or its territories.
Up until the 1870's most coffee was roasted at home in a frying pan over a charcoal fire. It wasn't until recent times that batch roasting became popular.

Each year some 7 million tons of green beans are produced world wide. Most of which is hand picked.

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