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Coffee is

  • the second most widely used product in the world after oil.
  • consumed at the rate of 1400 million cups per day.
  • worth €30 billion per year to the producing countries.
  • It is a living to more than 100 million people.
  • It was worth 6 million tonnes per year in the mid 90's.
  • The second most widely used product in the world after oil.
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Coffee History

This is probably the most interesting fact about coffee you'll ever hear. The story goes, that many generations ago, in- what's now - the African country of Ethiopia, a lowly goat herder noticed one day that some of his sheep were full of energy. They were giddy and, well, rather high-strung. Upon further inspection the man found out they were eating berries off a bush. The goat herder tasted the berries and he found that he had more energy as well! At first, the berries were eaten. It was later they were turned into a caffeinated beverage.

The word "coffee" was at one time a term for wine, but was later used to describe a black drink made from berries of the coffee tree. This black drink replaced wine in many religious ceremonies because it kept the Mohammedans awake and alert during their nightly prayers, so they honored it with the name they had originally given to wine.

Until the tenth century, coffee was considered a food. Ethiopian tribesmen would mix the coffee berries with animal fat, roll them into balls, and eat them on their nomadic journeys!

One time in Germany, the government hired a special force known as Kaffee Schnufflers, to sniff out illicit coffee roasters and smugglers. It was an intense campaign brought about by King Frederick who did not believe that coffee-drinking soldiers can be depended upon. Fortunately he failed for he too, fell in love with coffee.