Did you know that more than 1/3 of all Americans drink coffee. And they spend more money on coffee each year than they do on investments.

I personally could take a lesson from that last stat. Imagine how much money you might have if you put your coffee money into investments each year.

Suffice it to say, coffee is a booming industry. Over the past ten years, coffee culture has gone from mere fru-fru Starbucks lattes to single-origin obsession.

If you’re investing in the coffee industry or write a blog about coffee, you might note that tomorrow is Coffee Day. So, in honor of Coffee Day, we bring you five fascinating facts about coffee.

1. Instant Coffee is Old

Instant coffee appeared in 1771. The problem was, it would go bad pretty fast. Most likely due to the fact it was merely dried coffee.

But about 100 years later, David Strang came along and invented a “soluble dry coffee powder.” It created a thick and nasty brew most people detested. Sound familiar?

2. Move to Finland if You Love Coffee

If you read any story set in the northern countries of Europe, you’ll quickly realize that coffee takes a central role in their culture. But no place takes coffee as seriously as Finland.

Findlanders drink 12 kilograms of coffee per person per year. That’s 26 pounds of coffee.

3. The Brazilian Olympic Team Used Coffee Uniquely

When nobody, especially your corrupt government, is going to help you achieve your dreams, it’s time to do something about it. And that’s exactly what Brazil’s Olympic team did. They sold coffee on their way up to the Olympics in L.A. to pay their way in 1932.

All 69 athletes helped load up and sell 50,000 sacks of Brazilian coffee. And they successfully made it to the Olympics. Now that’s entrepreneurial spirit if I’ve ever seen it.

4. Women Tried to Ban it in Great Britain

People get some silly ideas in their heads sometimes. But I guess you’ve gotta add meaning to your life somehow, right?

Well, a group of women in Great Britain must have had some fairly meaningless lives, because they tried to ban coffee on the grounds it turned their men into “useless corpses.”

The truth is less silly, however. Coffee houses might have been linked to political ties and, as well, they were the men’s clubs of the 1600s. The Women’s Petition Against Coffee was satire and it probably had very little to do with actual coffee. But it’s an interesting connection nonetheless if you want to investigate further.

5. You Can’t Poison Someone With Coffee

You can put poison in someone’s coffee. But it’s impossible to overdose on coffee.

Your heart might flutter after a few cups. But your body will eliminate the caffeine faster than you can drink enough of it.

It takes about 70 cups of the witch’s brew to kill an average 150-lb human being. You’d literally have to inject that much coffee into a person to accomplish this.

So, whether you sell coffee, drink coffee, make art with coffee, don’t forget to make a cup tomorrow in honor of National Coffee Day.


By Ben Mattice

Benjamin Mattice is a freelance writer/editor, horror and sci-fi writer, SEO and affiliate marketing newbie, dog wrestler, cat wrangler, capoeirista, and long distance runner. He lives in the Palouse with his wife, three dogs, two cats, and two rats. Yes, that would probably be considered a mini-zoo.