Coffee Facts

Did you know?

  • 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.