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Interesting Facts About Coffee

I know I’ve written a few posts about coffee lately but I can’t help myself. It may be because I normally drink a cup of coffee when I write my posts on Sunday mornings. I just can’t get enough of it!


Below are some interesting coffee facts for you. I hope you learn something new along the way just like I did :)

  1. The word coffee comes from ‘Kaffa’ which is a region in Ethiopia, where coffee beans may have originated.
  2. Cappucino originates from ‘Capuchin’, the name of a priest in Vienna who ordered the Viennese to add milk to the bitter taste of coffee left by the Turks during the 17th century.
  3. More than 500 billion of cups of coffee are served worldwide each year.
  4. Men drink as much coffee as women although women are more concerned about the price of their cup of coffee.
  5. Scandinavia holds the title of highest coffee drinkers per capita in the world. They drink 4 cups of coffee on average per day.
  6. The first coffeehouse in Europe opened in Venice in 1683 although coffee was available as early as 1603 to the upper class.
  7. The world’s top 10 coffee-producing nations, in order of amount produced, are Brazil, Vietnam, Colombia, Indonesia, India, Mexico, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Ivory Coast and Uganda.
  8. Brazil produces more than a third of the world’s supply of coffee, almost three times as much as the second producer, Vietnam.
  9. The top 10 coffee-importing countries, in order of amount imported, are the United States, Germany, Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Canada, the United Kingdom, Poland and the Netherlands.
  10. Although coffee was the first, most commonly fair-trade-certified product, other fair trade imports include bananas, chocolate, honey, tea, sugar, orange juice and indigenous handicrafts.
Top 20 countries by annual per capita coffee consumption:
Rank Country Coffee Consumption
1  Finland 12.0 kg
2  Norway 9.9 kg
3  Iceland 9.0 kg (2006 data)
4  Denmark 8.7 kg
5  Netherlands 8.4 kg
6  Sweden 8.2 kg
7  Switzerland 7.9 kg
8  Belgium 6.8 kg
9  Luxembourg 6.8 kg
10  Aruba 6.8 kg (2006 data)
11  Canada 6.5 kg
12  Germany 6.4 kg
13  Austria 6.1 kg
14  Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.2 kg (2008 data)
15  Italy 5.9 kg
16  Slovenia 5.8 kg
17  Brazil 5.8 kg (2009 data)
18  Greece 5.5 kg
19  France 5.4 kg
20  Croatia 5.1 kg
Source: and

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Tanya is an adventurous person who most enjoys the cultural aspect of traveling. She traveled to North, Central and South America, Europe, Africa and Europe. When she's not hiking mountains, she spends her time visiting local schools or families. It's a nice break from the 9-5 corporate life.

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Comments (2)

  • craig

    Surprised that the U.S. didn’t break the top 20, especially with all the Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts around. ;)

    And, it’s been a long hiatus since using them in Europe, but just got a french press.. now my coffee consumption’s gone up because it’s soooooooo much better than the machine or from the counter!


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