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It’s Coffee Time!

Second only to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world. We love it, we need it, and we drink tons of it. According to a PBS.org article, it is estimated that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day worldwide. Below you’ll find a brief history, popular coffee drinks, health benefits, and fun facts about the beverage we all cheerish.

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Popular Coffee Drinks

Yum! Head over to your local coffee shop and order one of these amazing drinks. Ever wonder, "what's the difference," with all these drinks? We'll look below and find out.

Americano

Americano

Prepared by diluting an espresso with hot water, giving it a similar strength to brewed coffee.

Cappuccino

Cappuccino

Composed of double espresso and hot milk, with the surface topped with foamed milk.

Espresso

Espresso

Concentrated form of coffee that has a full-flavored aroma, which is served in "shots."

Flat White

Flat White

Comprised of espresso with microfoam, steamed milk with small bubbles that has a velvety texture.

Latte

Latte

A type of coffee made with espresso and hot steamed milk, milkier than a cappuccino.

Mocha

Mocha

Based on espresso, and hot milk, but added with chocolate in the form of sweeet cocoa powder.

History of Coffee

Ever wonder how in the world did we discover coffee? Here's a quick snapshot for your enjoyment.

850s A popular Ethiopian legend where coffee is discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi, who found his goats frolicking and full of energy after eating the red fruit of the coffee shrub. Kaldi tried the fruit for himself and had a similar reaction. After witnessing their strange behavior, a monk took some of the fruit back to his fellow monks; they too spent the night awake and alert.

1000s Coffee spreads throughout Arabia, and becomes a common custom by most of Arabia's Inhabitants that exported beans are made infertile to keep the precious beverage to themselves.

1600s The Dutch acquire the plant and introduce coffee to Europe, cultivating their own plantation on the island of Java (Indonesia). Coffee houses begin to sprout up around England, affectionately called "penny universities" by patrons who would enjoy drink and conversation.

1800s Brazil's plantations grow and their crops overtake the market, solidifying themselves as the coffee powerhouse we know today, and redefining coffee from an indulgence for aristocrats to a drink for the masses.

Today Coffee is arguably the world's favorite beverage, and boasts second place as the world's second most legally traded and valuable commodity.

Health Benefits

Drinking coffee in moderation, has some amazing benefits.

Improves Energy Levels

Coffee can help people feel less tired and increase energy levels. This is because it contains a stimulant called caffeine, which is actually the most commonly consumed psychoactive substance in the world.

Help You Burn Fat

Studies show that caffeine can boost the metabolic rate by 3-11%. Other studies show that caffeine can increase the burning of fat, by 10% in obese individuals and 29% in lean people.

Lower Your Risk of Diabetes

Coffee drinkers have a significantly reduced risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The studies show that people who drink the most coffee have a 23-50% lower risk of getting this disease.


Information provided and compiled by Healthline.com.
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Fun Facts

According to Good Housekeeping here are some interesting facts about our favorite beverage.

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Yes, it is possible to overdose on coffee

Of course you would have to drink over 100 cups to consume the lethal dose of caffeine.

Coffee berries

Coffee was originally a berry food

Need an energy boost? It just so happens that coffee berries mixed with fat create an energy-rich snack.

Coffee espresso

Decaf does not mean caffeine-free

An eight ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually has caffeine to be precise about two-to-12 milligrams.

Expensive coffee

World's most expensive coffee is $600 a pound

From the feces of a Sumatran cat. When the beans are excreted, they produce a smooth, chocolaty coffee.

Coffee with cream

Coffee stays warmer when you add cream

We’ll go figure. By simply adding cream to coffee, your cup of joe cools 20% slower than plain black coffee.

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The majority of coffee is produced in Brazil

Brazil is the dominant player when it comes to coffee production. It produces 40% of the world's coffee.

Great Quotes

Here are some amusing sayings from famous coffee enthusiasts.