Since weird, random facts make me tick almost as loudly as coffee does, I was oh-so-glad to be directed to the Daily Shot of Coffee for this quotidian does of obscure nuggets about my morning (and afternoon…) drink of choice. Culled from the book, Uncommon Grounds: The History Of Coffee, here are ten amusing curiosities–for more on caffeine myths and facts as coffee pertains to health, see 7 Myths About Caffeine.
1. At one point, Brazil had such a coffee surplus that they tried to find other uses for it, including using it to make plastic.
2. The world record for most coffee consumption is 82 cups of coffee in 7 hours.
5. Coffee was so scarce in Germany that during WWII “coffee bombs” or bags of coffee were dropped from planes to turn the people against their government.
6. In Staten Island, there’s a restaurant owner that drinks fifty cups of coffee a day.
7. The actress who played the Wicked Witch Of The West in the Wizard Of Oz, Margaret Hamilton, was promoting Maxwell House in the 1970′s.
8. There’s a tourist agency for people wanting to take coffee vacations called Cafe Away.
9. Norway drinks the most coffee per person. The United States is ranked number 12.
10. The only place where coffee is grown in the United States is Hawaii.
Do you have any random facts about coffee to add to the list? Leave a comment.