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Fun facts or useless coffee trivia we’ve stumbled upon:

Sept. 29 is International Coffee Day!

Frisky goats & an observant goat herder in Ethiopia is how coffee was discovered. Read the story at: http://www.ncausa.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=1  This is the website for the National Coffee Association USA, where marketing, government affairs, scientific research, and the how to’s of coffee can be found.

I don’t know how many of these tidbits are true, but according to http://www.essentialwonders.com/servlet/the-template/coffeefacts/Page:
Coffee is the second largest traded commodity in the world, oil is the largest.
There are 65 countries in the world that grow coffee and they are all near the equator.
The U.S. is the largest coffee consuming country in the world at 400 million cups per day.
Cowboy Coffee originated from Cowboys using their dirty socks out on the trail as filters.
Both the American Revolution and the French Revolution were plotted in coffee houses.

Is coffee good for you? See what the Mayo Clinic has to say about that: http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-living/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/coffee-and-health/faq-20058339.
Huffington Post weighs in with 11 reasons we should drink coffee: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/17/coffee-health-benefits_n_4102133.html

Coffee is good for your teeth! Boston University researchers are saying coffee  can curb tooth loss due to gum disease. Yet another reason to enjoy a cup of joe!

Want to liven up your morning (or afternoon) coffee? Google “coffee” and “recipes” for endless interesting options. I found a heavenly Thai iced coffee using cardamom here: http://www.food.com/recipe/thai-iced-coffee-106595. Expand your search to food for surprises like a coffee chipotle mole sauce or coffee & molasses pork chops found at http://www.thekitchn.com/dont-toss-your-leftover-coffee-10-recipes-that-use-your-leftover-brew-174481

Need a laugh? Click here for humorous or thought provoking quotes about coffee:  http://www.quotegarden.com/coffee.html. A few examples:
Way too much coffee. But if it weren’t for the coffee, I’d have no identifiable personality whatsoever. ~David Letterman. 
It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity. I bet this kind of thing does not happen to heroin addicts. I bet that when serious heroin addicts go to purchase their heroin, they do not tolerate waiting in line while some dilettante in front of them orders a hazelnut smack-a-cino with cinnamon sprinkles. ~Dave Barry
Petroleum and coffee had no value a few centuries ago. ~Author Unknown

A coffee tree produces about 1 pound of coffee a year (or 4000 beans, if you’re counting). That’s only enough to keep me in coffee for about 2 weeks according to the Southwest Airlines magazine I read on my latest flight. Can that possibly mean I need 26 trees to supply my habit annually?

Butter in your coffee? That’s the latest trend, but I’d rather savor my butter on a good piece of bread. See what Huffington Post says about the trend:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/09/22/butter-in-coffee-bulletproof_n_5851456.html

Teddy Roosevelt’s children’s ran a NYC coffee shop? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/roosevelt-family-built-new-york-coffee-chain-50-years-starbucks-180953398/?no-ist

The space station gets an espresso machine: http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2015/04/15/399609961/the-space-station-gets-a-coffee-bar

Bird Friendly coffee:  https://abcbirds.org/does-bird-friendly-coffee-matter-a-farmers-perspective/

Oprah’s Feb. 2016 magazine has good news for those of you who drink coffee & exercise: “Caffeinated exercisers tend to consume about 170 fewer calories during their next meal.”

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