1. A coffee bean is really a berry seed.

Hmm… Never really gave this much thought, but other beans are seeds, so why  not coffee beans? 

Chocolate-covered Coffee Seeds, anyone? Just doesn’t have the same ring to it…

 

 

2. A cup of coffee has virtually no calories.

Coffee has a reputation as a zero calorie beverage, but…

Sources I found claim that coffee has between 1 and 12 calories per cup, depending on the type of bean that is used.

3. Red E Coffee, the first mass-produced instant coffee, was created by George Washington.

Well, George Constant Louis Washington, that is…

4. The drip method of brewing was invented by Melitta Bentz, a housewife from Germany.

Woohoo! The company Melitta founded was highly successful! At the time of her death in 1950, the company was worth almost $3 million U.S. dollars! Her grandchildren, Thomas and Stephen, still run the company today!

 

5. Finland consumes the most coffee per capita.

Keep in mind… per capita means all the people living in that country. If you exclude children and anyone who doesn’t drink coffee (?), the 2.64 cup per day average is bound to be higher!

6. The darker the roast, the less caffeine.

I definitely would have failed that question on a quiz…

7. Hawaii and the American territory of Puerto Rico are the only producers of American-grown coffee

Kona Coffee is highly favored, award-winning, 5-star rated coffee known for it’s wonderful aroma and bold flavor. 

 

Puerto Rican coffee is “A taste of the Enchantment Island”, and can be ordered in a variety pack! 

 

8. One coffee tree can produce enough seeds for about 7 – 10 pounds of coffee per year.

One pound of coffee will make about 36 8-oz cups, so one tree can provide 252 – 360 cups of coffee per year!

9. A coffee tree can live for 50 – 100 years.

So… let’s do the math…

50 x 252 = 12,600

100 x 252 = 25,200

The minimum amount that one coffee tree is expected to produce would provide 12,600 cups of coffee, and the sweet little house plant could max out after providing 25,200 cups! 

And, last, but not least, Fun Fact #10…

You can grow your own coffee tree!

 

Coffee trees are strong, evergreen plants that are grown indoors, unless you live in a tropical area.

They like temperatures between 65 and 80, and require little sunlight.

They can be grown as a small bush or tree, and aside from requiring a little warm water, coffee trees are very low maintenance.

 And they are very affordable! Check this out!

           

Care instructions are brief and easy to find online.

Growing Coffee Plants Indoors

All You Need to Know About Growing Coffee Trees in Your Home

 Bonus Fact

#11. National Coffee Day is September 29th!

There are lots of great giveaways on National Coffee Day! We are researching the list for 2017, but for now, here are the companies that generously participated last September – 

2016 National Coffee Day Freebies

 

 

Coffee Lover's LaneOverall, I consider myself a fairly well-balanced individual. I am easy to get along with, a change in plans doesn’t ruin my day, and I don’t have any annoying habits. (It’s true – even my mother said so!) However, I do have two major obsessions. Chocolate and coffee. Please don’t send me any articles about how chocolate and coffee are bad for your health. I won’t read them. I have switched to an organic low acid whole bean coffee and dark chocolate, but I refuse to give them up completely. I take comfort in the fact that medical science doesn’t seem to have made up its mind regarding the benefits vs. detriments, and I avoid all negative information about my morning ritual.  Although I refuse to address my addiction to coffee, I have recently been dealing with my love/hate relationship to the entire selection of bottled coffee cream. I remember when flavored cream first appeared. The only options were Amaretto and Irish Cream, but coffee would never be the same. I have fond memories of my early years, camping trips with my family, mornings spent by the fire with my dad, and my first experience drinking black coffee with a spoonful of sugar. It’s nice to think about, but I’m not going back. My theory hasn’t been tested, but I believe that you could blindfold me, spin me around three times, and, no matter where I started from, I could walk directly to the cooler and pick out my favorite coffee cream in our local grocery store. Coffee with Hearts Without hesitation, I can say that finding a healthy substitute for the blessed/cursed bottled coffee cream has been my greatest challenge. I had almost given up when I stumbled across this recipe yesterday. All I can say is – A.mazing. Really. Emphasis on the Aaa. Before I tried it, I was expecting to have to add some heavy cream to accommodate my craving, but I made it this morning and I was blissfully surprised! The butter and coconut oil provide the richness and the creamy texture I so desire, and the chocolate adds just the right amount of flavor.  I have a large bottle of Heath bar-flavored coffee cream in the fridge, and it’s not even a temptation.   

 

 

Hershey's Bullet Proof Coffee
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Ingredients
  1. 1 large cup of coffee
  2. 1/8 t. Hershey's chocolate syrup
  3. 2 T. coconut oil
  4. 2 T. butter
  5. Stevia to taste
Instructions
  1. Put chocolate syrup, coconut oil, butter, and sweetener in the bottom of a large coffee cup.
  2. Add coffee.
  3. Stir and enjoy!
Notes
  1. I have to admit that I have not yet developed a taste for Stevia, so I used Splenda in it's place. It was absolutely delicious!
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