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Has someone at the local coffee shop caught your eye, and you need a conversation starter to get his or her attention? Try some of these interesting coffee facts to break the ice:
- Coffee has long been considered an aphrodisiac. It contains a high dose of caffeine and various alkaloids that increase stamina and extend the length of intimate sessions, according to studies.
- Coffee has only recently been a part of western civilization since the 1500’s, in contrast to being a part of the Arab world for thousands of years. After being brought to the western world, priests considered coffee a drink of the devil until Pope Clement VIII finally took a sip and then gave it his blessing.
- Japan’s official Coffee Day is October 1st.
- One acre of coffee trees yields 10,000 pounds of coffee cherries. After they are milled, there are 2,000 pounds of coffee beans.
- Hawaii is the only U.S. state that grows coffee. The only United States territory that grows coffee is Puerto Rico.
- Germany is the 2nd largest coffee consumer and 43% of Germans add sweetener to their coffee. Only 27% of Americans use sweetener in their coffee.
- The Latin name for the genus of trees that grow coffee is Coffea, and that is where the English word coffee comes from.
- All 53 countries that grow coffee are located along the equator.
- Consumers spend 45 hours every year waiting for their coffee at the drive-through windows before going to work.
- The only product traded more heavily than coffee is petroleum. Six million metric tonnes of coffee are produced around the world.
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