Wake Up! Today is National Coffee Day!

September 29, 2010 |  by  |  Lifestyle
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I remember my third grade teacher distinctly reminding all of us in class that “Every day is Earth Day.”

And while that may be true, I’m thinking that “Every day is National Coffee Day” may be a bit more true of a maxim.

Most Americans can’t get through their morning e-mail without it. Sure, it may not be the BEST thing to put in your body but it still gets the job done.

Today is National Coffee Day and if you haven’t already had your first cup, it’s time to get some caffeine in your system and read these ten super mocha facts after the jump.

1.) A dancing goat discovered coffee. Well, sort of. Farmers in Ethiopia noticed that their goats would get all jumpy after eating cocoa beans, so they decided to try it for themselves.

2.) Coffee was a food before it was a drink. Before people figured out how to brew coffee, they used to eat it. The Oatmeal reports that African Tribes used to eat “energy balls” of coffee beans and fat.

3.) Coffee grows on tree. I’ve never seen one, but coffee trees can grow up to 30-foot tall. Farmers cultivate coffee trees to about 10 feet.

4.) A “cup of Joe” was first coined in World War II. Soldiers, known as “Joe’s,” were identified as big coffee drinkers.

5.) Only two types of coffee tree are widely cultivated. 70% of the world drinks coffee from Arabica coffee trees. The rest drink coffee from Robusta trees.

6.) According to Herritage Coffee, there is only one product that gets traded more than coffee. Oil.

7.) A coffee tree takes about 5 years to mature. The average annual yield from a coffee tree is only enough for one roasted pound of coffee.

8.) “Americano” is another coffee term coined during World War II. American soldiers would order espresso with water to cut down on the bitter flavor.

9.) Coffee has been used as a beverage for about 700 years. Instant coffee was invented in 1906 by George Washington, but not that George Washington. The man who invented instant coffee was from Belgium.

10.) An average of 1,400 million cups of coffee are consumed every day around the world. Facts Via Indy Posted


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