How was coffee
discovered? Can it help you with asthma? Where are raw coffee beans chewed
like candy? Is coffee or oil the greater world commodity?
To answer these and many more questions about
coffee and its place in history, we've assembled 100 Coffee Trivia questions
below for you to take in. So grab a cup 'o joe, sit back and scroll on
Trivia #1-20 top
1. Coffee was first known in Europe as Arabian Wine.
2. The Arabs are generally believed to
be the first to brew coffee.
3. Milk as an additive to coffee became
popular in the 1680's, when a French physician recommended that cafe au lait be
used for medicinal purposes.
4. The first Parisian cafe opened in
1689 to serve coffee.
5. Bach wrote a coffee cantata in 1732.
6. In the year 1763, there were over
200 coffee shops in Venice.
7. The heavy tea tax imposed on the
colonies in 1773, which caused the "Boston Tea Party," resulted in America
switching from tea to coffee. Drinking coffee was an expression of freedom.
8. The founding fathers of the U.S.,
during the revolution, formed their national strategies in coffeehouses.
9. In early America, coffee was usually
taken between meals and after dinner.
10. In the year 1790, there were two
firsts in the United States; the first wholesale coffee roasting company, and
the first newspaper advertisement featuring coffee.
11. The prototype of the first espresso
machine was created in France in 1822.
12. By 1850, the manual coffee grinder
found its way to most upper middle class kitchens of the U.S.
13. The Civil War in the United States
elevated the popularity of coffee to new heights. Soldiers went to war with
coffee beans as a primary ration.
14. In 1900, coffee was often delivered
door-to-door in the United States, by horse-pulled wagons.
15. The first commercial espresso
machine was manufactured in Italy in 1906.
16. In Italy, coffee and espresso are
17. The average age of an Italian
barista is 48 years old. A barista is a respected job title in Italy.
18. Italians do not drink espresso
during meals. It is considered to be a separate event and is given its own time.
19. In Italy, espresso is considered so
essential to daily life that the price is regulated by the government.
20. Italy now has over 200,000 coffee
bars, and still growing.
Trivia #21-40 top
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
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
41. Citrus has been added to coffee for
several hundred years.
42. The Europeans first added chocolate
to their coffee in the 1600's.
43. Frederick the great had his coffee
made with champagne and a bit of mustard.
44. In the year 1809, Meslitta Bentz
made a filter out of her son's notebook paper, thus inventing the world's first
drip coffee maker.
45. Our sense of smell, more than any
of our other senses, makes our final judgement on coffee.
46. Coffee, along with beer and peanut
butter, is on the national list of the "ten most recognizable odors."
47. Coffee lends its popularity to the
fact that just about all flavors mix well with it.
48. Nomadic tribes preserved the coffee
cherries to transport them long distances.
49. A four verse poem to coffee was
written in Mecca in 1511. It was one of the first.
50. It was the early 1400's, and with
alcohol forbidden by the Koran, coffee soon became the replacement beverage.
51. Finely grinding coffee beans and
boiling them in water is still known as "Turkish Coffee." It is still made this
way today in Turkey and Greece or anywhere else Turkish Coffee is served.
52. In the 14th century, the Arabs
started to cultivate coffee plants. The first commercially grown and harvested
coffee originated in the Arabian Peninsula near the port of Mocha.
53. In 1554 in Constantinople, two
coffeehouses opened. They did very well. Soon there were many.
54. By 1600 A.D., coffee drinking had
come to the Orient. It soon became very popular.
55. The Venetians first introduced
coffee to Europe in 1615.
56. Lloyd's of London began as Edward
57. It was during the 1600's that the
first coffee mill made its debut in London.
58. In 1670, Dorothy Jones of Boston
was granted a license to sell coffee, and so became the first American coffee
59. William Penn purchased a pound of
coffee in New York in 1683 for $4.68.
60. Adding sugar to coffee is believed
to have started in 1715, in the court of King Louis XIV, the French monarch.
61. The year was 1716 when Venetian
coffee shop merchants began distributing leaflets exalting their new product:
coffee. This may be the first example of advertising for coffee shops.
62. In 1727, as a result of seedlings
smuggled from Paris, coffee plants first were cultivated in Brazil. Brazil is
presently by far the world's largest producer of coffee.
63. Before the first French cafe in the
late 1700's, coffee was sold by street vendors in Europe, in the Arab fashion.
The Arabs were the forerunners of the sidewalk espresso carts of today.
64. The vacuum pack, invented in 1898,
made it possible to preserve roasted coffee. Preserved coffee, though, not fresh
65. Espresso is to Italy what champagne
is to France.
66. The French philosopher, Voltaire,
reportedly drank fifty cups of coffee a day.
67. Retail espresso vendors report an
increase in decaffeinated sales in the month of January due to New Year's
resolutions to decrease caffeine intake.
68. Scandinavia has the world's highest
per capita annual coffee consumption, 26.4 pounds. Italy has an annual
consumption per capita of only 10 pounds.
69. The modern day espresso street
vending cart evolved from a Boeing Company shuttle cart, purchased from surplus,
and was first utilized to serve people espresso at an arts and crafts fair in
70. Coffee trees are evergreen and grow
to heights above 15 feet but are normally pruned to around 8 feet in order to
71. Coffee trees produce highly
aromatic, short-lived flowers producing a scent between jasmine and orange.
These blossoms produce cranberry-sized coffee cherries. It takes four to five
years to yield a commercial harvest.
72. Coffee beans are similar to grapes
that produce wine in that they are affected by the temperature, soil conditions,
altitude, rainfall, drainage and degree of ripeness when picked.
73. Brazil accounts for almost 1/3 of
the world's coffee production, producing over 3-1/3 billion pounds of coffee
74. Coffee is grown commercially in
over forty-five countries throughout the world.
75. Hawaii is the only state of the
United States in which coffee is commercially grown.
76. Hawaii features an annual Kona
Festival, coffee picking contest. Each year the winner becomes a state
77. In Hawaii coffee is harvested
between November and April.
78. Over 5 million people in Brazil are
employed by the coffee trade. Most of those are involved with the cultivation
and harvesting of more than 3 billion coffee plants.
79. Before roasting, some green coffee
beans are stored for years, and experts believe that certain beans improve with
age, when stored properly.
80. The vast majority of coffee
available to consumers are blends of different beans.
81. Coffee is generally roasted between
400F and 425F. The longer it is roasted, the darker the roast. Roasting time is
usually from ten to twenty minutes.
82. After they are roasted, and when
the beans begin to cool, they release about 700 chemical substances that make up
the vaporizing aromas.
83. Over-roasted coffee beans are very
flammable during the roasting process.
84. After the decaffeinating process,
processing companies no longer throw the caffeine away; they sell it to
85. Commercially flavored coffee beans
are flavored after they are roasted and partially cooled to around 100 degrees.
Then the flavors applied, when the coffee beans' pores are open and therefore
more receptive to flavor absorption.
86. Studies tell us the human body will
absorb only 300 milligrams of caffeine at a given time. Additional amounts are
cast off and will provide no additional stimulation. The human body dissipates
20% of the caffeine in the system each hour.
87. Roasted coffee beans start to lose
small amounts of flavor within two weeks. Ground coffee begins to lose its
flavor in one hour. Brewed coffee and espresso begins to lose flavor within
88. The first coffee drinkers, the
Arabs, flavored their coffee with spices during the brewing process.
89. Iced coffee in a can has been
popular in Japan since 1945.
90. Fruit-based flavors all mix well
91. Irish cream and Hazelnut are the
most popular whole bean coffee flavorings.
92. Latte' is the Italian word for
milk. So if you request a latte' in Italy, you'll be served a glass of milk.
93. Turkey began to roast and grind the
coffee bean in the 13th Century, and some 300 years later, in the 1500's, the
country had become the chief distributor of coffee, with markets established in
Egypt, Syria, Persia, and Venice, Italy.
94. In the later part of the 1600's, a
cafe in Venice began serving beverages made from water and ice. It also served
95. Coffee as a medicine reached its
highest and lowest point in the 1600's in England. Wild medical contraptions to
administer a mixture of coffee and an assortment of heated butter, honey, and
oil, became treatments for the sick. Soon tea replaced coffee as the national
96. In the book, Trip Through Happy
Arabia, a Frenchman documented his travels through Arabia. This was in the year
1716, and in it was one of the first documentations of the history of coffee.
97. About 1885, a process by which
natural gas heats a roasting chamber and hot air is the only heating medium was
developed, and this remains the best and most popular method of roasting coffee.
98. Regular coffee drinkers have about
one-third less asthma symptoms than those non-coffee drinkers. So says a Harvard
researcher who studied 20,000 people.
99. Australians consume 60% more coffee
than tea, a sixfold increase since 1940.
100. The most widely accepted legend
associated to the discovery of coffee is of the goatherder named Kaldi of
Ethiopia. Around the year 800-850 A.D., Kaldi was amazed as he noticed his goats
behaving in a frisky manner after eating the leaves and berries of a coffee
shrub. And, of course, he had to try them!