It Started with a Bean: 10 Random Bean Facts You didn’t know

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  1. It is estimated that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day worldwide.
  2. In its most basic, unprocessed form, coffee is a cherry-like fruit, which becomes red when ripe; the coffee bean is found at the center of the red coffee fruit.
  3. During the 13th century, coffee was extremely popular with the Muslim community for its stimulant powers, which proved useful during long prayer sessions.
  4. Coffee plants reached the New World during the early 18th century, though the drink wasn’t really popular in America until the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when making the switch from tea to coffee became something of a patriotic duty.
  5. Originally coffee was eaten. African tribes mixed coffee berries with fat which formed edible energy balls.
  6. Espresso: (e-pres-oh), it’s not a particular type of bean,roast, or blend. Espresso is just the way that coffee is prepaird: smoothing pressurized, hot water through finely groud coffee. Period.
  7. Coffee is the second most traded commodity on earth.
  8. Coffee grows on trees. They grow to be 30 ft. tall but are cultivated to be around 10 ft. tall for easy picking.
  9. Though coffee was discovered in Ethiopia around A.D. 850, it wasn’t until it spread to Mocha, Yemen, in around 1100 that it became firmly established as a popular drink. From Mocha (from which Mocha coffee derives its name), beans were shipped to India, Java, and eventually Europe in 1515. By 1675, England had more than 3,000 coffee houses.c
  10. The world’s first coffee-house opened in 1475 in Constantinople (modern-day Istanbul).f
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