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CoffeeUnusual Facts About Our Beloved Coffee

We all love a good cup of coffee, but here are a few things that you probably didn't know about our beloved brew.

In 2010, 65 countries grew coffee, all of them in the Tropics. No commercial coffee crop has ever been grown in the United States. (A little is grown on Hawaii)

Coffee has its own special days in some counties that are public holidays. In Japan for instance October 1st is 'Coffee Day'. In Ireland it is 19th September and in Costa Rica it is 12th September.

Espresso coffee contains only one third of the amount of caffeine in a regular cup of coffee.

More than 1.4 billon cups of coffee are consumed each day.

The traditional espresso machine was actually invented in France, not in Italy. However the Italians took the idea, perfected the technique and made it their own. The best espresso coffee machines are still made in Italy.

Dieters might be interested to know - a cup of black coffee without sugar does not contain any calories whatsoever!

Coffee cherries usually contain two beans. However if you manage to find one with 3 cherries it is deemed to be a sign of good luck.

It typically takes about 40 roasted coffee beans to make a single shot of espresso coffee.

Coffee is extremely complex - scientists have discovered more than 800 different aromatic compounds in coffee.

George Washington invented instant coffee in 1906.  However this was a different George Washington to the one you are probably thinking about. This George  was a Belgian chemist who was living in Guatemala when he invent the process of producing instant coffee. He called his product 'Red E Coffee' and it went on sale in 1909.

Coffee can be used to neutralize your 'nose' when shopping for fragrances. To avoid perfume overload just take a big sniff of coffee beans or grounds between perfumes.

The caffeine found in coffee is said to increase the effect of some pain killing drugs such as paracetamol and aspirin.

Put your used coffee grounds on your flower beds. This will deter slugs, snails and ants from going near then.

Brazil is considererd the King of Coffee and quite rightly - it produces nearly 40% of the world's supply every year.

Despite the dominance of the two main cola firms in the US, Coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed in the United States.

Although world renowned for its coffee, Costa Rica does not have any indigenous coffee plants. A Spanish traveler brought the first coffee plant into the country in 1779.

Espresso in Italy is considered too important to be consumed with a meal. It is given its own time after the meal as is treated as a separate event.



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