- The Arabs are generally believed to be the first to brew coffee
- The prototype of the first espresso machine was created in France in 1822.
- The first commercial espresso machine was manufactured in Italy in 1906.
- In the last three centuries, 90% of all people living in the western world have switched from tea to coffee.
- Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year.
- It takes 42 coffee beans to make an espresso.
- On average, men drink more coffee than women (1.7 cups per day vs. 1.5 cups).
- 37% of coffee drinkers drink their coffee black; while 63% add a sweetener such as sugar.
- Instant coffee accounts for 13%of all coffee drunk.
- The USA is the world’s largest consumer of coffee, importing 16 to 20 million bags annually (2.5 billion pounds) representing 1/3 of all coffee exported. More than half of the United States population consumes coffee typically 3.4 cups of coffee a day.
- The first European coffee was sold in pharmacies in 1615 as a medicinal remedy.
- Cappuccino is so named because of the drink’s peak of foam, which resembles the cowl of a Capuchin friar’s habit.
- Espresso contains less caffeine than any other roast.
- Coffee was first known in Europe as Arabian Wine.
- The US Navy used to serve alcoholic beverages on board ships. However when Admiral Josephus “Joe” Daniels became Chief of Naval Operations, he outlawed alcohol on board ships, except for very special occasions. Coffee then became the drink of choice, hence the term “Cup of Joe.”
- For reducing wrinkles and improving their skin, the Japanese have been known to bathe in coffee grounds fermented with pineapple pulp.
- Scandinavia has the world’s highest per capita annual coffee consumption, 26.4 pounds.
- The first coffee tree was discovered growing wild in Ethiopia, Africa. It was a species of the Arabica plants.
- Arabica constitutes 75% of the world’s coffee production, but only the top 10% of Arabica have fine enough characteristic to meet specialty coffee standard.
- Only 10% of the world's coffees are generally considered to be of specialty grade and Indonesia has three of the best known: Java Estate, Celebes Kalossi and Sumatra Lintong/Mandheling.
- Coffee Arabica significance commonly called Arabica; grows best in altitudes beyond 3.000 feet above sea level. This species is considered a high quality bean (low in caffeine, low in acidity) and produces very flavorful and aromatic coffee.
- Arabica coffee beans contain 1 - 1.7% caffeine, while Robusta beans contain 2 - 4.5% caffeine.
- Coffee is generally roasted between 400° and 425°. The longer it’s roasted; the darker the coffee. The roasting time is usually from 10- 20 minutes.
- Why do we say “coffee beans” when coffee comes from berries? Because each berry has two beans. Approximately 60 of these beans produce a shot of espresso made with 7 grams of ground coffee.
- The first espresso café machine with steam and water control was founded by Kessel in 1878.
- Espresso properly done: espresso is made from a special blend of Arabica coffees, chosen for intense aromatic flavors and a quality of performance during extraction. Espresso uses freshly roasted beans that are finely packed and then extracted under pressure.
- A Barista is a title given to one who has mastered the art of making espresso beverages.
- Coffee is the second world commodity and oil is the first.
- The key word is ‘passion’ all successful industry people share this passion for coffee.