According to legend, the Ethiopians were the first to have recognized the energizing effect of the native coffee plant - one example involves a 9th-century Ethiopian goat-herder, who, noticing the energizing effects when his flock nibbled on the bright red berries of a certain bush, chewed on the fruit himself.
His exhilaration prompted him to bring the berries to a monk in a nearby monastery. But the monk disapproved of their use and threw them into the fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed, causing other monks to come and investigate.
The roasted beans were quickly raked from the embers, ground up, and dissolved in hot water, yielding the world's first cup of coffee.
Since this story is not known to have appeared in writing before 1671, 800 years after it was supposed to have taken place, it is highly likely to be a myth.
Coffee was banned by the Ethiopian Orthodox Church some time before the 18th century. However, in the second half of the 19th century, Ethiopian attitudes softened towards coffee drinking, and its consumption spread rapidly between 1880 and 1886.
A French doctor in the 1600s suggested Cafe Au Laits for patients, inspiring people to begin adding milk to coffee.
More than 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year, making coffee the world’s most popular beverage. It is also the world’s most traded commodity, after crude oil.
It takes 3 to 4 years for a coffee tree to mature. Once it matures, each tree will bear one to two pounds of coffee beans per growing season - not a vast amount.
Brazil is the world’s leading producer of coffee. In fact, Brazil produces around one third of the world’s coffee today
In Italian espresso means "when something is forced out" - This refers to the way espresso is made — forcing boiling water through pressed coffee grounds. And, although espresso has more caffeine per volume than coffee, because it's consumed in smaller quantities, it actually has about a third of the amount of caffeine as a regular cup of coffee.
Coffee beans as we know them are actually the pits of a cherry-like berry that are grown on bushes. Even though coffee is actually a seed, it's called a bean because of its resemblance to actual beans.
All of the Coffee from around the world is produced in an area known as "The Coffee Belt".