Coffee Facts

Here are some fun coffee facts to think about when your enjoying a great cup of Gloria's Gourmet Coffee.

Coffee History

Coffee is said to have been first discovered when a goatherd in Abysinia, while basking in the sun, observed his goats dancing on their hind legs after eating some red berries (coffee). He proceeded to taste of the berries himself and his sleepy eyes got wide open. He took some to the village and everybody there also liked it as it kept them awake during their prayers.

History has it that when coffee was first introduced in Italy, Italian wine merchants, thought their wine sales would be threatened by coffee beans, and appealed to the Pope to ban it. But guess what? Pope Clementine VIII requested that some coffee beans be brought to him so he could taste it. After smelling it, he liked the aroma so much he tasted it and then proceeded to BAPTIZE COFFEE and pronounce it a Christian beverage.

More Interesting Coffee Facts.

1. Last year in Britain, £623 million was spent on coffee.

2. It takes 42 coffee beans to make an espresso.

3. On average, men drink more coffee than women (1.7 cups per day vs 1.5 cups)

4. 37% of coffee drinkers drink their coffee black; while 63% add a sweetener such as sugar.

5. The USA is the world's largest consumer of coffee, importing 16 to 20 million bags annually (2.5 million pounds), representing 1/3 of all coffee exported. More than half of the United States population consumes coffee typically drinking 3.4 cups of coffee a day.

6. Cappuccino is so named because of the drink's peak of foam which resembles to cowl of a Capuchin friar's habit.

7. Espresso contains less caffeine than any other roast.

8. Coffee was first known in Europe as Arabian Wine.

9. Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa.

10. For reducing wrinkles and improving their skin, the Japanese have been known to bathe in coffee grounds fermented with pineapple pulp.

11. The French philosopher, Voltaire, reportedly drank fifty cups of coffee a day.

12. Regular coffee drinkers have about 1/3 less asthma symptoms than those of non-coffee drinkers according to a Harvard researcher who studied 20,000 people.

13. Turkish law makes it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he fails to provide her with her daily quota of coffee.

14. Coffee grows in more than 50 countries and is the second largest export in the world after oil (in dollar value).

15. Coffee sacks are usually made of hemp and weigh approximately 132 pounds when they are full of green coffee beans. It takes over 600,000 beans to fill a coffee sack.

16. When shopping for perfume, take some coffee with you in your bag and have a good sniff in between smelling each perfume to refresh your nose!

17. A mixture of coffee grounds and sugar, fed to a potted plant and watered regularly, will revive houseplants that have turned yellow in winter.

18. Sprinkle spent coffee grounds around the base of your garden plants and it will stop snails and slugs from munching them!