1. During Turkish wedding ceremonies, grooms were made to vow to always provide their brides with coffee. Failure to do so could result in divorce.
2. Beethoven (like me!) was such an ardent coffee lover that he’d count 60 beans per cup before making his brew.
3. The Boston Tea Party resulted in Americans switching from tea to coffee as an expression of freedom.
4. Did you know that coffee doesn’t just give us humans a buzz? No siree. BEES get a buzz when drinking coffee and what’s even more interesting is that is supercharges their long-term memory! How else do you think they find their way back to the same plant over and over again? (reference)
5. Exfoliate your skin with moist coffee grounds at least twice a week, rinse and watch your face glow. (reference)
6. French novelist and playwright Honore de Balzac supposedly consumed 50 cups of coffee a day to fuel his inspiration while writing. It’s scary to think that the lethal dose is about 100 cups of coffee.
7. Back in 1674, there was a mass uprising against coffee. In fact, the ‘Women’s Petition against Coffee’ said that coffee was turning British men into ‘useless corpses’ and so a ban was demanded for those under 60.
8. In 1511, coffee was banned in Mecca on the grounds of preventing free thinking and people getting together to hang out.
9. Kopi Luwak, the world’s most expensive coffee is made from coffee beans eaten and excreted by a Sumatran wild cat. And at one time commanded a price of over $300 a pound!
10. During WWII American soldiers would ordered their espresso watered down because it was too strong for them.