The 45 Coffee Facts That You Should Know (8 of Them Will Surprise You!)

We drink so much coffee, yet many people do not take the time to find out about its origins, the reason so many people love it, why multiple countries banned it, or that the most expensive coffee comes from poop, and the list goes on.

I know, that last statement jolted you, right? It did that to me as well when I first learned about it a few years ago, but it’s not as horrific as it sounds. I’ve been researching coffee facts across the globe and came up with some intriguing points and surprising ones too.

Half the world drinks coffee, but some people drink nearly five times more than the average coffee drinker. A Psychology Today report says coffee makes us attractive, and a goat reportedly discovered coffee.

I have these facts and many more lined up for you, so buckle your seatbelts as we take a ride into the world of coffee. 

Coffee Origination

Coffee Origination

1.  Coffee Got its Name From a Dutch Word

The Dutch koffie, derived from the Ottoman Turkish kahve, which comes from the Arabic qahwah, appeared in English in the late 1500s.

The word qahwah sometimes links to the Arabic word quwwa, which means “power, vigor,” oo Kaffa, a historic Ethiopian kingdom from which they brought the tree to Arabia.

2. Coffee Houses Date Back to the 1500s

People consumed coffee at home and in the numerous public coffee shops, known as qahveh khaneh, that began to sprout up in cities around the Near East. The coffee houses were unrivaled in popularity, and people regularly visited them for various social activities.

Customers not only drank coffee and conversed but also played music, saw entertainers, played chess, and followed up with current events. 

3. Coffee Houses Were Like Educational Institutions

Coffee houses became such a vital hub for knowledge sharing that the locals called them “Schools of the Wise” quickly.

With thousands of pilgrims from all over the world visiting the holy city of Mecca each year, word of this “Araby wine” began to spread.

4. Coffee Plants Outlive Many Humans

A coffee plant can live for up to a Century.

Coffee plants, on the other hand, can live for 40–50 years if properly cultivated.

Coffee Facts in the United States

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5. Americans Drink Billions of Cups of Coffee Annually

Approximately 146 billion cups of coffee are consumed in the United States each year, according to Coffee-Statistics.com.

This figure demonstrates how enamored Americans are by this exquisite beverage. Despite this, they do not even make the top ten countries globally related to coffee consumption.

6. Americans Drink About Three Cups of Coffee Daily 

The average person in the United States consumes 3.1 cups of coffee daily. The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) suggests that we consume no more than 400 mg of caffeine per day, around four cups of coffee. As a result, it appears that the majority of Americans follow this advice.

7. The US Drinks 400 million Cups of Coffee Daily

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Every day, roughly 400 million cups of coffee go into the stomachs of Americans.

As seen by the latest coffee consumption figures, the United States is one of the world’s top coffee users.

8. 64% of American Adults Drink Coffee 

According to Reuters, every day, 64 percent of adults in the United States drink coffee. It is the most significant percentage since 2012, according to research published by the NCA. Some notable authors were regular coffee users, as seen in our illustration about strange sleep habits.

9. Most US Caffeine Comes From Coffee

Coffee accounts for 75% of all caffeine consumed in the United States, according to Coffee-Statistics.com. Tea, sports drinks, soft drinks, and chocolate are all familiar sources of caffeine, in addition to coffee. 

A milk chocolate bar, for example, can contain up to 50 mg of caffeine. Interestingly, several of coffee’s health benefits aren’t tied to its caffeine concentration but rather to the fact that it’s high in antioxidants.

10. People Would Skip Technology for Coffee

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A Huffpost report states that over half of all coffee drinkers would instead shower than skip their morning coffee.

In addition, nearly half of them would prefer to go a month without using their phone than give up coffee.

11. Women Drink More Coffee

Sixty-six percent of women, compared to 62 percent of men, drink coffee every day.

As a result, studies show that there is no significant gender difference related to coffee consumers.

12. Higher Earners Drink More Coffee

Workers with higher earnings have a higher proportion of people who consume coffee.

Coffee is consumed by 66 percent of people with an annual salary of more than $30,000, compared to 58 percent of workers with a yearly income of less than that.

13. Seniors Drink More Coffee

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Seventy-four percent of people in the United States ages 55 and upward consume at least one cup of coffee per day.

When it comes to coffee intake by generation, seniors are the biggest drinkers. Adults in the United States aged 18–34, on the other hand, are the least likely to consume this beverage.

14. More People Start the Day With Coffee

11.65% of people consume coffee with breakfast in the United States, while 30% drink it between meals and 5% with meals other than breakfast. 

According to some studies, the best times to finish this energy-boosting beverage are between 10:00 a.m. and midday, and then between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

15. Most Americans Make Coffee at Home

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Coffee is made at home by 79 percent of Americans, Reuters reports. According to a National Coffee Association (NCA) survey, Americans prefer to drink coffee at home. 

Only 36% of those polled indicated they’d had a cup of coffee away from home the day before.

16. More Than 60% Like Coffee Black

Approximately 35% of coffee drinkers prefer black coffee—the remaining 65 percent like to sweeten or add cream to their drinks.

17. Young People Prefer Specialty Coffee

Gourmet coffee consumption involves 14.48% of millennials, says a Reuters report. Young coffee lovers drink more specialty coffee than most other age groups, according to NCA data. 

According to US coffee intake data, 36% of this generation drinks cappuccinos, lattes, and similar beverages, while 22% prefer espresso.

18. Women Use Coffee for Relaxation, Men for Productivity

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Most women enjoy drinking coffee because it is a relaxing ritual for them.

Men, on the other hand, claim that coffee boosts their productivity. When it comes to the motives for drinking coffee, there appears to be a significant difference between men and women.

19. Many People Use Coffee to Unwind

About 29% of coffee drinkers in the United States do so to unwind, says Statista.

Why do the majority of people consume coffee? According to the findings of the NCA poll, about a third of coffee drinkers prefer the beverage since it helps them relax.

20. Less Than 20% of Coffee Drinkers Use Apps to Order

In the United States, 17.9% of coffee users use an app to order their coffee, Reuters reports.

According to the NCA poll, only a tiny percentage of Americans utilize apps to order coffee.

21. Less Than 20% Like Using Drip Machines 

A drip coffee machine is the choice of 18.45% of coffee drinkers in the United States.

According to a poll performed by the NCA, 45 percent of respondents had used a drip coffee machine the day before. Single-cup brewing systems use this form of coffee preparation.

22. Less Than 15% Use Espresso Machines

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In the United States, approximately 13% of coffee consumers use espresso machines, according to Statista reports.

In a survey on coffee consumption in the United States conducted by the NCA in 2019, about 12% of participants answered they had just used an espresso machine the day before.

23. Coffee Retail Rakes in More Than $5B Annually

Coffee retail sales in the United States total around $5.2 billion per year, says a Statista report.

24. More Than 24K Coffee Shops in the US

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There are approximately 24,000 coffee shops in the United States.

This figure is likely to double in the next few years, given the sector’s development rate. Seattle, interestingly, has the most coffee shops per 100,000 persons in the United States.

General Coffee Facts

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25. Robusta Beans Have More Caffeine

The caffeine content of Robusta beans is higher than that of Arabica beans. Because Robusta beans mainly go into coffee blends for conventional brewing, this type of coffee is bolder than espresso, which usually uses Arabica beans in its brew. Espresso coffee typically contains about a third of the caffeine found in a brewed cup of coffee.

26. Coffee Beans Weight Reduce by a Fifth after Roasting

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A mature coffee plant produces about 5 lbs of green coffee beans per year on average.

According to coffee statistics worldwide, we receive less than one pound of beans after roasting five pounds of green coffee beans. 

27. Coffee Prices Average $3.28

A cup of coffee costs $3.28 on average in the United States. Given the volume of coffee consumed in the United States, we can deduce that they spend a significant sum on this beverage.

28. The US Produces Very Little Coffee

The US consumes so much coffee, yet only two of our States produce the precious fruit. The only two states allowed to make coffee commercially are Hawaii and California. Puerto Rico, on the other hand, is a US territory with a strong coffee industry.

Coffee Facts Worldwide

coffee facts worldwide

Here, we look at statistics on coffee consumption on a global scale. What is the worldwide popularity of coffee? We’ll look at how people consume coffee, where, and how much around the world in this section.

29. Millions of Coffee Bags Produced Annually

Every year, approximately 110–120 million bags of coffee go into production worldwide, based on Coffee-Statistics.com reports. We already know that, according to coffee production figures, Brazil is the world’s top coffee grower.

According to 2016 data, Brazil produced approximately 2.5 million metric tons of coffee beans. The fact that it has kept this position for nearly 150 years is impressive. Norway, Iceland, and Denmark follow them.

30. Brazil Exports Billions of Pounds Each Year

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Every year, Brazil exports 5.7 billion pounds of coffee, the Telegraph reports. This country exports the most coffee in the world. 

In the 1920s, Brazil produced over 80% of all coffee consumed worldwide. According to coffee statistics, it now contributes around a third of the world’s coffee.

31. Most Expensive Coffee Per Pound

The most expensive coffee per pound in 2017 was mild Colombian Arabicas, according to Statista. The most popular coffee kinds are Arabica and Robusta. Arabicas are generally more costly than Robusta types.

32. South America Produces the Most Coffee

In 2018, South America produced 81.5 million coffee bags, based on reports from Statista. South America supplied over 5 million tons that year, based on each bag weighing 60 kilograms. As a result, they are the world’s largest coffee producer.

33. Average Coffee Cups

A typical coffee cup weighs 9 ounces.

A standard cup of joe in Japan is 200 milliliters (6.7 ounces), but it is 227 milliliters in Canada (7.6 ounces).

34. Monaco is Starbucks Kingdom

starbucks monaco

There are about 52 Starbucks locations per million people in Monaco, the Telegraph reported.

Monaco is the country with the most Starbucks locations per capita, according to statistics. The United States is ranked second on this list.

35. Finland Dunks Coffee

According to The Telegraph, each year, the average person in Finland consumes 12 kg of coffee. Finns are the world’s most enormous coffee eaters, according to statistics on coffee consumption by major countries. 

Denmark, Iceland, and Norway come in second, third, and fourth, respectively. The United States is ranked 26th on this list.

36.  Coffee Shops Sell Over 230 Cups Daily

coffee shops

A coffee shop sells an average of 230 cups of coffee per day, says Coffee-Statistics.com.

As a result, according to coffee shop sales statistics, its annual sales average around 84,000 cups of coffee.

37. Coffee Shops Growing Fast

The annual growth rate of coffee shops is 7%, according to Coffee-Statistics.com. Coffee shops are one of the fastest-growing segments in the restaurant industry, with this growth rate.

Surprising Facts About Coffee 

surprising facts about coffee

38. Goats Discovered Coffee(Still Ascertaining if it’s a Legend or a Fact)

N.B. Although there are three versions of the coffee discovery and use story, the common sentiment is that the berry’s discovery occurred in Ethiopia, Africa.

According to the National Coffee Association (NCA), Coffee’s origins may be traced hundreds of years to the Ethiopian plateau’s old coffee woods. Legend has it that a shepherd named Kaldi was the first to recognize the possibilities of these treasured beans there.

According to legend, Kaldi found coffee after noticing that his goats got so lively after consuming the berries from a particular tree that they refused to sleep each night.

Kaldi informed the nearby monastery’s abbot, who prepared a drink from the berries and discovered it held him awake throughout the long hours of nightly prayer. The abbot informed those monks at the temple about his discovery, and word of the stimulating berries spread quickly.

As news spread east and java entered the Arabian Peninsula, it embarked on a voyage to take these beans worldwide.

39. The sweetest Coffee Cherries Are Mutation

For real? Yup! Coffee beans come as two in each cherry, or at least most of them. However, the occasional ones come with only one seed, which is considered a mutation, called a peaberry. It’s not common but is expensive and delicious. It can cost as much as $10 more per pound.

40. Coffee Despises Heat, Light & Humidity

Coffee starts getting stale practically immediately after being roasted. Humidity, light, and heat are all enemies of coffee, so keep your coffee beans in airtight containers.

41. The Taste of Coffee Is Unique to Where It’s Cultivated

blue mountain coffee jamaica

The height, water, soil, and level of sunlight that coffee plants get all impact the taste of coffee. Based on these criteria, coffee cultivated in the exact geographic location can taste drastically different from farm to farm.

Therefore, Blue Mountain coffee from Jamaica and coffee from Brazil or Ethiopia will never taste the same.

42. Coffee is an Edible Fruit

A coffee bean is a seed or two seeds located in the core of a purple or red cherry with thick, bitter skin, sweet fruit with a texture similar to grapes, and a slimy outer coating. 

Anyone with twin seeds has a flat surface, missing in peaberry berries with only one source. With its resemblance to ordinary beans, people misunderstand coffee as a bean.

43. Coffee Might Soon Power Your Car

coffee power

Researchers have recently converted coffee grounds into biodiesel, which means we might someday use coffee to power our vehicles. 

When scientists convert natural oils collected from coffee grounds to biofuel, they soak them in an organic solvent and then trans-esterify them. 

In March 2010, a 1988 Volkswagen Scirocco set the Guinness World Longest continuous travel by a coffee-powered vehicle. The automobile, which traveled 209 miles, used 56 espressos every mile to reach a top speed of 60 mph.

44. Several Countries Had Banned Coffee

Coffee is not banned currently in any country. However, countries had banned it years ago, including Turkey, Mecca, Prussia, Sweden, and Italy. 

The countries most often faced prohibition due to political and social events rather than the composition of coffee or the caffeine contained inside it.

45. Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant Poop

elephant coffee

It’s always great to save the best for last. The most expensive and rare coffee worldwide is the Black Ivory Coffee produced by elephants in Thailand. 

You will find them at Golden Triangle Foundation in northern Thailand, where the elephants eat Arabica coffee beans, which the Mahouts later recover from their feces. 

The exorbitant price is because 2 pounds of this rare and premium coffee require 72 pounds of raw coffee berries.

The Bottom Line

The fact is, we cannot dispute that coffee will be going nowhere anytime soon other than in the stomachs of us coffee enthusiasts and the occasional sippers.

It is a multibillion-dollar industry that keeps growing, and of course, it does its job, so why should we stop? It’s also great to know that there are so many fun facts about the bean, cherry (whatever you want to call it) that we love.

Thanks for reading through these fun facts, and I do hope they were both enlightening and funny. Until our next cup of joe, be good!