A few facts and statistics about coffee

“With the coming of coffee to Venice in 1615, the local clergy condemned it. The controversy was so great that Pope Clement VIII was asked to intervene. Before making a decision however, he decided to taste the beverage for himself. He found the drink so satisfying that he gave it Papal approval.”
– From the history of coffee article on the National Coffee Association’s website.
– Today, 54% of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee on a daily basis
– Statistic Brain / statisticbrain.com

According to legend, coffee was discovered by an Ethiopian goatherd who noticed that his goats were extra-energetic after eating berries from a certain highland bush. He took these wonderful fruit to a local abbot, who after brewing the beverage noticed that it allowed him to stay through the long period of evening prayer.
Word quickly spread across Ethiopia and over the Horn of Africa into the Arabian Peninsula.
Coffee soon became the beverage of choice all over the ear- and Middle East, since the majority-Muslim population was forbidden to drink alcohol. Coffee houses sprouted like mushrooms after a spring rain, and became important social and entertainment centers as well as dispensaries of coffee and tea. With the age of European wanderlust and the speedy acceleration of trade with the East, coffee houses became a commonplace in 17th century Europe.

Here are some statistics:
$4 billion is spent importing coffee to U.S. each year, and $164.71 is spent on drinking coffee by the average American coffee consumer. Almost a quarter of same drinks more than 13 cups of coffee per week. In addition, 30 million of the total 100 million U.S. coffee drinkers drink specialty coffee – lattes, mochas, espressos, etc. – and spend an average of $2.45 on each espresso-based drink.
Re coffee production the hands-down winner as far as sheer quantity goes is Brazil, which is responsible for 30% of the world coffee output.

According to http://www.ico.org, 119, 664, 910 bags of coffee (60 kilos) were exported by coffee producing countries between February of 2012 and January 2013. Each bag yields approximately 87 5.3 oz cups of regular or “house” coffee after attrition due to the roasting of the beans.

RE countries/regions, Northern Europeans are the world’s biggest coffee hounds. Switzerland, Scandinavia, Holland, Finland and Iceland lead the rest of the world in coffee consumption by leaps and bounds with an average consumption of between 6.8 and 12 cups per day per capita.

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