|Did you know? Only about 20% of harvested coffee beans are considered to be a premium bean of the highest quality.
- Coffee, as a world commodity, is second only to oil.
- Coffee sacks are usually made of hemp and weigh approximately 60 kilogram when they are full of green coffee beans. It takes over 600,000 beans to fill a coffee sack.
Coffee brewing requires a balance of:
- Correct grinding of the coffee blend
- The coffee blend used
- The espresso machine used
- The skill of the barista.
- There are 6,000+ species of the coffee plant split into 25 major types
- Two species dominate commercial production: Arabica (Coffee Arabica) and Robusta (Coffee Canephora)
- World coffee production is split 60% Arabica and 40% Robusta
Interesting Coffee Facts & Coffee Trivia
- In 1670, Dorothy Jones of Boston was granted a license to sell coffee, and so became the first American coffee trader.
- Arabica is a large delicate bush that grows at elevations of 600-2000 meters above sea level in Latin America, Central and East Africa, Asia and Oceania
- Because Arabica is difficult to grow, the beans are more expensive than
- Arabica can be drunk pure or in blends with Robusta where it contributes acidity and body to the blend
- Robusta is a hardier bush or tree that grows from sea level to 800 meters and is grown in West and Central Africa, South East Asia and South America
- Robusta is more strongly flavored than Arabica and gives blends body and "kick"
- The person who actually makes the coffee in a café or restaurant is called a "barista"
- Proper coffee making requires the barista to make very precise measures of coffee amounts, water temperatures and pressures, and brewing times (e.g.