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Fun Coffee Facts

Dec 13, 2021 | Blog, Coffee

We are huge fans of coffee here at Orinoco! Because of this we love learning fun and interesting facts about coffee. So, here are 10 fun coffee facts for you to enjoy!

fun coffee factsCoffee is the world’s 2nd largest traded commodity.  Crude oil is first. Yes, it is not a typo. Coffee is consumed in great quantities, making it the most beloved beverage after water. It’s worth is over $100 billion worldwide.

Brazil couldn’t afford to send its athletes to Los Angeles for the 1932 Olympics, so the government loaded them in a ship full of coffee which was sold on the way to finance their trip. Only 67 of the 82 athletes could pay the $1 disembarkation tax charged by the Port of Los Angeles, none won a medal.

The most expensive coffee in world is Black Ivory Coffee. It can cost up to $2,200 per kilogram. This coffee is produced from part-digested coffee cherries eaten and defecated by Thai elephants.

The Guinness World record holder for the “Oldest Cat Ever,” a 38-year-old cat named Creme Puff – drank coffee every morning her whole life.

The cappuccino was named after Capuchin friars because its color resembles the Capuchin robe.  The Capuchins were also renowned for their dress. They wear a simple brown robe that includes a long, pointed hood that hangs down the back. The Italian word for this distinctive hood, cappuccio, gave rise to the Italian name for the order.

Globally people consume about 2.25 billion cups of coffee every day. Americans consume 400 million cups of coffee per day. Finland consumes the most coffee in the world—the average Finn drinks nearly four cups a day.

While we are sure that you would agree to drinking gallons of coffee a day. It is estimated that roughly 80 to 100 cups of coffee would be a lethal dose for an average adult. That’s quite a lot!

The idea for the webcam came from researchers working at the University of Cambridge wanting to be able to check the status of their coffee pot before heading to get a cup.

Scientists have successfully turned ground coffee into biodiesel. So, one day coffee may be fueling your car and turning 10 million tons of annual waste into over 286 million gallons of biodiesel.

The largest cup of coffee holds 6,007.04 gallons of coffee and was created by Alcaldía Municipal de Chinchiná in Colombia on June 15, 2019. In order to build this giant cup, fifty people worked for more than a month on this project.

Bonus Fact! North Korea holds the record for the largest iced coffee. The cup held 3,758.7 gallons of iced Americano coffee. It was created by Caffé Bene in Yangju, South Korea, on July 17, 2014.