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10 Things You Probably Didn't Know about Coffee

Updated on April 6, 2012

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Coffee is an irreplaceable part of our morning ritual. Every morning, the vast majority of the population of United States, first thing in the morning, will absent mindedly brew a pot of coffee and pour themselves a cup to start their day. But how much do they really know about this beverage that is such an important part of their morning routine? Here are 10 things you probably didn't know about coffee.

  • Americans consume about 400 million cups of coffee per day, which adds up to around 146 billion cups of coffee every year.
  • Coffee has absolutely no nutritional value.
  • According to legend, coffee was discovered around 1000 years ago, by goat herder who noticed that after eating the fruit of the coffee plant, his goats started prancing around on their hind legs. This led him to try the raw fruit himself to see what the hype was about.
  • The coffee tree is actually an evergreen shrub which grows to about 25 feet high.
  • The country of Finland, per capita, drinks the most coffee in the world.
  • In the American Colonies, tea was the most popular drink until 1773, when King George III decided to tax it heavily. This led to the Boston tea party, after which, due to a lack of tea in the country, the people of the Colonies began to prefer coffee over tea.
  • An average cup of coffee contains 100 mg. of caffeine. A couple of espresso contains about 200 mg. of caffeine.
  • Some researchers believe that people who drink coffee heavily, actually are using the caffeine to treat themselves from the common symptoms of depression.
  • Symptoms of caffeine overdose include: cold sweats, the shakes, heart palpitations, and a feeling of impending doom. Symptoms of caffeine withdrawal include: headaches, nervousness, and irritability.

I hope that this article helps to expand your knowledge of the beverage that ever important part of your morning routine. Now sit back and enjoy a nice, steaming hot cup of Joe!


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      Giselle Maine 5 years ago

      Thanks for uncovering these intriguing facts about coffee.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I drink a cup of flavored decaf almost every morning (which I grind myself) but I alternate it with herbal teas. It can be harmful if you drink more than a cup of the caffeinated kinds. Thanks for sharing the history and stats on this drink.

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      AlexK2009 5 years ago from Edinburgh, Scotland

      When coffee first became popular in England the women of London petitioned for it to be banned as their husbands were spending all their time in coffee houses.

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      Sparklea 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      TMApsey: I LOVE LOVE LOVE my coffee in the morning! I take it in a thermos on my morning walk. The first sip is exhilarating! Thank you for such a well written, informative hub! Blessings, Sparklea :)

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      Breen Bergstrome 5 years ago

      I heard about that too...what are they trying to do to the women who support their franchises...making a blend like the "blonde" to seduce women into drinking "light"..bad marketting as far as I can see.

      I stopped frequenting Starbucks, my regular java hut during the 90's..then in 2000 became occupied supporting Fair Trade coffee manufacturers and never went back.

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      Paula 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      TMApsey...What I know about coffee is that I LOVE it...the taste, the aroma, the ceremonial/social aspects....."Let's get together for coffee"....The Coffee Klatch,"....."Stop by for coffee."...... you get my drift.

      How much do I love coffee and NEED my morning lift? If I'm visiting people who don't drink coffee or even have a coffee maker? I bring my own along.

      Your facts about coffee are interesting. I think I've known them all through the years....but all I really care about is MY hot, freshly-brewed pot of the WONDERFUL drink. I'm also somewhat of a "coffee-snob" that I enjoy really good, strong, fresh coffee. I own a BUNN and a Kuerig & many different types and flavors of coffee. I often buy coffee beans and grind them myself. MMMMM, delicious! As for the "caffeine"...I have to believe after all these years and thousands of gallons of coffee, I'm totally immune to caffeine. Most people tell me they can't drink coffee so many hours before bedtime. I can drink a pot if I choose, go to bed and sleep like a baby. Thanks for this pouring a cup now!

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      Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      I just found out an interesting, unexpected coffee fact yesterday from a Starbucks employee. They have a new "Blonde" coffee, which is described as mellow and soft. I tried it not long ago and, although it was supremely aromatic, it had no kick. Surprising, this "unmanly" version is higher in caffiene than the "bold" selections. I learned that the roasting process determines the caffiene amount in coffees. I would have guessed just the opposite! Interesting read for everyone with a caffiene addiction. Thank you.

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Interesting hub. Well, time for my morning fix. Voted interesting.

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      Interesting hub! Coffee is an amazing drink with lots of nutritional value. I wish I could handle more but too much coffee makes me very jittery. Interesting hub!

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      novascotiamiss 5 years ago from Nova Scotia, Canada

      Interesting article. I love the taste and smell of coffee. Even though it has no nutritional value, some scientists believe that it has antioxidant properties. Who knows? What most coffee drinker don't realize is that coffee dehydrates. They think that drinking coffee is like drinking water. Wrong! Also, coffee can heavily interfere with medication. So watch out if you take medication early in the morning with your coffee....

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      FloraBreenRobison 5 years ago

      I've never drunk coffee by itself, but I must admit that I have had moachas (can't remember how to spell that.) I had to laugh when I read that it has no nutritional value. In the poll, I picked 1 to 3. The 3 I knew - the last three. Until I got there I thought I'd not know any.

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      Breen Bergstrome 5 years ago

      TMApsey, thanks for this article on coffee. As a confirmed consumer for at least 40 years I recently began drinking Yerba Mate as an alternative...I haven't been a heavy coffee drinker in the last 10 years but have found it to be less than I hope for.

      This YM tea is naturally caffeinated and tastes alot like green tea, abit earthier..from what I understand, the loose leaves are even more so than the tea bagged, so probably an acquired taste.

      I feel 100% better after a cup, than after a cup of coffee...and I still LOVE coffee...just not as much as before!