[coffee] COFFEE TIME!

Coffee is the second most traded product in the world after petroleum. World wide coffee production tips the scales at about 6 million metric tonnes.

It takes five years for a coffee tree to reach maturity. The average yield from one tree is the equivalent of one roasted pound of coffee.

People who buy coffee primarily at drive through windows on their way to work will spend as much as 45 hours a year waiting in line.

Of the various botanical species of coffee trees in the world, only two are extensively cultivated commercially; Arabica and Robusta.

The average person who buys coffee outside the office to consume at work will spend the equivalent value of a round trip plane ticket to Florida every year.

The first coffee house in Europe opened in Venice in 1683, while coffee was available in Europe as early as 1608, mostly for the rich.

The expression “a cup of Joe” to denote coffee, was first coined during WWII, when American servicemen (G.I. Joe) were identified as big coffee drinkers.

The largest coffee-producing nation, Brazil, is responsible for 30 to 40 % of total world output.

In the late 1800’s, Chase and Sanborn put out a flier on how to read the coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup (like a fortune teller).

Coffee cherries usually contain two “beans”, except for the single bean peaberry anomaly. Cherries with three beans are deemed to be a sign of good luck.

A Belgian living in Guatemala invented the first instant coffee in 1906 and later immigrated to the United States. His name, ironically enough, was George Washington.

3 Replies to “[coffee] COFFEE TIME!”

  1. GOURMET TASTE TREAT
    A flavorful treat of blended coffees for the budget-minded.

    GUATEMALA
    “Genuine Antigua,” grown above 4,000 feet in Guatemala — traditional favorite of discriminating European connoisseurs. Year in and year out, often considered the finest of Central America.

    JAVA
    Whether regular or dark roast, Java coffee is noted for its rich, deep flavor and body. It can be blended with the thinner, winey Mocha to create the famous Mocha Java blend.

    KENYA
    “Out of Africa” Kenya is considered by many as the world’s finest coffee. Recognized by the International Coffee Association as among the top three origins in the world, along with Colombian and Tanzanian. High flavor and aroma, excellent body.

    KONA
    From the Hawaiian Islands comes this sweet bean, blended with the world’s top arabica coffees.

    MEXICAN
    “Prima Lavado Altura,” prime washed high-grown coffees from Mexico are among the finest in the world. Mexican coffee has a perfect balance of flavor, aroma, body and acidity. Many people prefer it to the better known Colombian or Kenyan growths.

    MOCHA
    “Limu” — from the highlands of Ethiopia comes this coffee which has the winey, acidic quality we call “point.” Mocha blends beautifully with Java to create the famous Mocha-Java combination. Mocha can be enjoyed by itself as a lighter, winier coffee.

    MOCHA JAVA
    The fruity, tart and tangy taste of Mocha is combined with the rich deep full-bodied coffee from Java, to give us that perfect marriage, the famous flavor of Mocha Java, normally found only in Gourmet Bean Stores.

  2. i never had any inclination that coffee was so interesting, i thought it was just starbucks and columbians

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