Coffee fun facts


Want to know the history of the word "coffee"? Well here it is: 

  • Arabic: Qahhwat al-bun or “wine of the bean”
  • Then Shortened: Qahwa
  • Borrowed by Turkish: Kahve
  • Borrowed by Dutch: koffie
  • Then English: Coffee 

  • Legend has it a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder discovered coffee by accident when he noticed how crazy the beans were making his goats. 

  • Coffee is a psychoactive. And at high doses it can make you see things... It can also kill you... The lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee. 
  • A French doctor in the 1600s suggested Cafe Au Laits for patients, inspiring people to begin adding milk to coffee. 

  • The French philosopher Voltaire is said to have drank 50 cups of coffee a day. Because he ruled. 

  • Espresso is regulated by the Italian government because it is considered an essential part of their daily life.

  • In the ancient Arab culture there was only one way a woman could legally divorce: If her husband didn't provide enough coffee.

  • Coffee beans are actually the pit of a berry, which makes them a fruit. The best fruit. 

  • We're not going to tell you how, but there is a way to brew coffee with marijuana in it and it is described as producing a "dreamy" kind of coffee buzz.

  • In the 1600s there was a controversy over whether or not Catholics could drink coffee, luckily Pope Clement VIII said it was okay. 

  • Before coffee caught on in the US in the 1700s, beer was breakfast drink of choice. Which is only slightly less awesome. 

  • Irish coffee was actually invented to warm up cold American plane passengers leaving from Ireland. 

  • The name cappuccino comes from the resemblance of the drink to the clothing of the Capuchin monks. 

  • Contrary to popular belief light roast coffee actually has more caffeine than dark roast coffee.  

  • Coffee was declared illegal 3 times by 3 different cultures. The first was in Mecca during the 16th century and the prohibition was lifted after 30 years of debate among scholars and jurists. The second was Charles the II in Europe banning coffee houses trying to quell the ongoing rebellion yet it backfired and was never enforced. (People need their coffee!) The third was Fredrick the Great who banned the beverage in Germany in 1677 because he was concerned with the economic implications of money leaving the country on this new popular beverage.  

  • Over 500 Billion Cups of coffee are drunk each year and over half of those are drunk at breakfast. (or should we say for breakfast?) 

  • The world record for most coffee consumption is 82 cups of coffee in 7 hours.