21. In Greece and Turkey, the oldest person is most always served their coffee first.
22. In the ancient Arab world, coffee became such a staple in family life that one of the causes allowed by law for marital separation was a husband’s refusal to produce coffee for his wife.
23. Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa.
24. In the last three centuries, 90% of all people living in the Western world have switched from tea to coffee.
25. Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.
26. Those British are sophisticated people, in almost everything except their choice of coffee. They still drink instant ten-to-one over fresh brewed.
27. Japan ranks Number 3 in the world for coffee consumption.
28. In Japan, coffee shops are called Kissaten.
29. Over 10,000 coffee cafes plus several thousand vending machines with both hot and cold coffee serve the needs of Tokyo alone.
30. For reducing wrinkles and improving their skin, the Japanese have been known to bathe in coffee grounds fermented with pineapple pulp.
31. The world can be divided into nations of coffee drinkers and nations of tea drinkers.
32. The average annual coffee consumption of the American adult is 26.7 gallons, or over 400 cups.
33. In 1990, over 4 billion dollars of coffee was imported into the United States.
34. Coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year.
35. Coffee, as a world commodity, is second only to oil.
36. Only about 20% of harvested coffee beans are considered to be a premium bean of the highest quality.
37. The Arabica is the original coffee plant. It still grows wild in Ethiopia.
38. The 2,000 Arabica coffee cherries it takes to make a roasted pound of coffee are normally picked by hand as they ripen. Since each cherry contains two beans, it takes about 4,000 Arabica beans to make a pound of roasted coffee.
39. 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.
40. Until the late 1800’s, people roasted their coffee at home. Popcorn poppers and stove-top frying pans were favored.