You either love coffee or you hate it. Some people prefer tea. However, coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. Oil is the first.

Coffee plants can only grow in countries that do not have frost in winter. That is why coffee is grown near the equator, between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn.

Only two varieties of coffee beans are grown, Arabica and Robusta.

Coffee has not always been a drink. When it was first discovered in Africa, people would grind coffee cherries (berries), add animal fat, and roll the mixture they ate into balls. These may have been the world’s first energy snacks.

After the coffee has been decaffeinated, some coffee makers sell the caffeine to drug companies and companies that make soft drinks. So not much is wasted.

We have consumed instant coffee for about 250 years, although it was not mass produced as it is now. It was first introduced to the UK in 1771. The first mass produced instant coffee was patented in the United States in the early 1900s, in 1910 to be precise.

Finns are the most prolific coffee drinkers in the world, not Americans as you might have thought!

Plans are underway to make biodiesel from coffee grounds, so in the future, coffee could power your car.

It is possible that if you give your cat liquid coffee every day, it will lengthen his life. Why do people think this? Well, according to the Guinness Book of Records, the oldest cat, named Creme Puff, drank coffee every morning. He reportedly liked broccoli too. and her breakfast eggs and bacon. He lived to be 38 years old. His owner also had another cat, Grandfather Rex Allen. It was this cat that previously held the world record for the oldest cat in the world. They had the same diet. Perhaps it was the coffee that helped these two cats live so long.

In the seventeenth century, when men frequented coffee shops, especially in London, women believed it was responsible for turning their husbands into corpses, which were useless to them. These women filed a petition against coffee proposing that no man underneath should drink it. Obviously, the proposed ban did not go into effect.

In fact, there have been other attempts to ban the drink, and it was banned in Sweden in 1746. Not only was the drink banned, but also the equipment for making coffee and this included coffee cups and saucers, not just the pots to make in .

Coffee has had a proven track record, but luckily it is readily available.

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