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Five Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee “Beans”

Five Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee “Beans”
The Ingredient At The Base Of All Of These Drinks Is The Same — The Humble Coffee Bean.

Whether it’s a cup of premium pre-brewed coffee, a double espresso, or a paper cup full of steaming hot brewed coffee, the ingredient at the base of all of these drinks is the same — the humble coffee bean.
There’s clearly a reason that coffee is one of the most popular beverages across the globe. Not only does it taste great, but this amazing bean is a little powerhouse. The coffee bean is high in antioxidants and naturally loaded with caffeine, amino acids and other properties that have made it so universally sought-after.
But many don’t know much about this incredible bean that goes beyond their coffee cup. Here are some more intriguing facts you might not know about the main ingredient in your daily coffee.

1. Coffee crops have become big business. The reported $60 billion a year industry has made coffee the second most traded commodity in the world, second only to oil.

2. South America is now responsible for approximately 45% of the world’s total coffee exports, with most of that coffee grown in Brazil. Other large coffee producing nations include Columbia, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

3. While there are many varieties of coffee plants, coffee Arabica accounts for an estimated 75-80% of the world’s coffee production, with the remainder being made up by the coffee Robusta variety. Coffee Robusta has around 50% more caffeine than Arabica beans, which gives it a more bitter flavor.

4. Coffee has helped to fuel and inspire artists for centuries. Famed composer Johan Sebastian Bach wrote a comic opera about a woman addicted to coffee now dubbed the “Coffee Cantana”. Composer Ludwig van Beethoven was also an avid coffee connoisseur, and he reportedly counted out 60 beans for each cup to make his perfect brew.

5. Coffee has caused plenty of scandals over the years. In the 1600s there was controversy over whether or not Catholics could drink coffee, but it is said that Pope Clement VIII ruled in favor of the delicious drink.

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