10 Odd Facts About Coffee

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.

3. Jim Henson, the creator of the Muppets got his start doing coffee ads.

4. During World War II there was a coffee drinking competition between the branches of the military. The Marines claimed to drink the most – twenty cups a day.

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.

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290 comments

donald Baumgartner
donald Baumgartner10 months ago

Love my coffee !!!!

KAREN G.

Thank you for sharing

LILING OH
Liling O.2 years ago

Interesting!

Cathleen K.
Cathleen K.2 years ago

The most expensive coffee on earth is that which has been through the digestive tract of civet cats and picked out of their poop!

Peter A.
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks.

Bud D.
Bud D.2 years ago

My "Trick" about coffee came about when I began to look for ways to stop wasting all that left over coffee that no one wanted... I have several, believe it or not, but my absolute favorite came about when I learned to prefer my coffee at room temperature rather than "hot"... Now, it really IS "Good to the Last Drop"... (haven't wasted an ounce, now in going on 10 years...)

Marianne Good
Past Member 2 years ago

Thanks.

Alan Lambert
Alan` Lambert2 years ago

I'm not a coffee guy at all, can't stand the burnt flavor.

Ryan Yehling
Ryan Yehling2 years ago

Very interesting...

Fi T.
Fi T.2 years ago

The trick is to strive for a balance