10 Things You Didn't Know About Coffee

Coffee for most of us is a daily ritual and habit that is given little thought or consideration in the bustle of the morning or the 3pm post-lunch slug. The opportunity to really delve into the wonders of nature's gift to humans is a rare one, so I invite you to fill your mug and learn 10 things you didn't know about coffee. 

1) Coffee is the 2nd most popular beverage in the world, next to tea. 

According to the International Coffee Organization, 1.4 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily worldwide. 400 million of those cups are consumed in the United States! 

2) Coffee actually grows on a bush as red berries. 

These are the berries Kaldi's goats are said to have eaten that caused them to leap like Kaldi had never seen before. 

3) King Charles II issued an order to close all coffeehouses during his reign. 

After a poem dissenting King Charles II's throne was traced back to a local coffeehouse, King Charles II issued an order to close all coffeehouses. However the response was so great, the order was retracted a mere 11 days after issuance. 

4) Higher coffee consumption is associated with lower mortality rates.

According to a study completed in November 2015 by the American Heart Association that studied the mortality of nearly 200,000 participants, drinking one to five cups of coffee per day was associated with lower risk of mortality relative to non-coffee drinkers. 

5) Coffee is the 2nd largest traded commodity. 

The first largest traded commodity is oil. 

6) It is estimated that 150mg of caffeine per 2.2 pounds of body weight is a lethal dose of caffeine.

There are 95mg of caffeine in an 8oz cup of coffee. So whatever you do, do not consume approximately 108 cups of coffee in one sitting if you are 150 pounds. 

7) According to Johns Hopkins University Researchers, coffee enhances memories up to 24 hours after consumption. 

Wondered how you passed all those finals in college when all you had was a dodgy coffee maker and store brand grounds? There it is folks!

8) Ground coffee has about half the shelf life as whole beans. 

It's worth noting however that ground coffee's shelf life is 3-5 months, while whole beans shelf life is 6 months. Who takes 6 months to drink their coffee anyway?

 9) In 1674, Women's Petition Against Coffee was started by a group of London women who felt coffee was robbing them of their husbands' time and attention. 

Nearly 350 years later, coffee brings lovers together rather than apart. 

10) Coffee bushes can live up to 100 years. 

Have someone in your life who's difficult to shop for? Get them a coffee tree that will last a couple generations; a family heirloom if you will.