Story last updated at 9/26/2012 - 2:37 pm
Sept. 29 is National Coffee Day - the perfect day for splurging on that special blend, one you've had your eye on or your favorite cup.
In honor of this delightful day honoring all things coffee, here are some coffee facts for you to mull over as you sip your brew.
"Pruned short in cultivation, but capable of growing more than 30 feet high, a coffee tree is covered with dark-green, waxy leaves growing opposite each other in pairs. Coffee cherries grow along the tree's branches. It takes nearly a year for a cherry to mature after the flowering of the fragrant, white blossoms. ... The trees can live as long as 20 - 30 years." - National Coffee Association
There are many stories about the discovery of coffee, but the (perhaps) crowd favorite is the tale of a goathearder named Kaldi in Ethiopia. He noticed his goats were spirited and jumpy after eating berries off of one kind of tree. He reported the findings to his local monastery, which brewed the berries into a drink. Word spread about the effects of the drink, and it became popular. Information from the National Coffee Association (go to www.ncausa.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=68 to read the other origins of coffee).
Before being roasted, coffee beans are green.
During harvest, coffee cherries are hand picked. It takes approximately 2,000 cherries or 4,000 beans to produce one pound of roasted coffee.
Coffee is grown in more than 60 countries.
Coffee has an estimated world retail value of $175.7 billion annually.
A May 17, 2012 study showed that those who drink coffee live longer than those who don't. The study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and showed that men who drank four to five cups of coffee or more daily had a 12 percent lower risk, while women had a 16 percent lower risk, according to the National Coffee Association. Those who drank less than that, but still drank coffee, also showed better longevity.
"The average coffee drinker consumes three cups of coffee per day." - www.coffee.org
"Brazil produced a postal stamp that smelled like coffee in December of 2001. It was designed to promote their coffee and the smell is supposed to last for up to 5 years." - www.coffee.org
A 2002 study revealed that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed worldwide, daily.
According to research on http://www.statisticbrain.com/coffee-drinking-statistics/, 100 million Americans drink coffee daily, and $4 billion is spent in the U.S. annually on importing coffee.