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More than 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year, making coffee the world’s most popular beverage.
The only places in North America where coffee is grown is in Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
The world’s first coffee house opened in 1475
Coffee was imported from Arabia to Europe through Venice in the 1600s.
A Belgian named George Washington invented instant coffee in 1906 in Guatemala.
In 2011 a study showed that women who drink two to three cups of coffee a day were 15% less likely to develop depression over a 10-year period than those who drank one cup of coffee or less per week.
Research has shown that drinking coffee may decrease cognitive decline and neurodegenerative disorders.
There are two main species of the coffee plant used to commercially produce coffee: 1) Coffee arabica, which originated in the Middle East, and 2) Coffea robusta, which originated in the Congo.
The Dutch were the first Europeans to enter the coffee trade.
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.