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It was in 1530 that the first coffeehouse was opened in Damascus, Syria. Istanbul, Turkey opened its first coffeehouse in 1554.
Coffee is the second most traded product in the world after petroleum. World wide coffee production tips the scales at about 6 million metric tonnes.
Some of the worlds most powerful businesses, including Lloyds of London and the New York Stock Exchange, started life as coffee houses.
1 kilogram of roasted coffee requires 4,000 - 5,000 coffee beans.
Dark roasted coffees actually have LESS caffeine than medium roasts. The longer a coffee is roasted, the more caffeine burns off during the process.
It takes five years for a coffee tree to reach maturity. The average yield from one tree is the equivalent of one roasted pound of coffee.
The world's largest coffee producer is Brazil with over 3,970 million coffee trees. Colombia comes in second with around two thirds of Brazil's production.
Of the various botanical species of coffee trees in the world, only two are extensively cultivated commercially; Arabica and Robusta.
It is consumed at the rate of 1400 million cups per day.