10 Coffee Trivia You Probably Didn’t Know

10 Coffee Trivia You Probably Didn’t Know

Coffee facts and coffee trivia to impress your other nerdy coffee friends with. There’s a lot of legend surrounding the history of coffee, some are verifiable like the origin of the coffee filter or which country consumes the most coffee. Other ‘facts’ about coffee can be argued day and night, so let’s start with 10 coffee-related trivia to get this list going.

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1. Q: What country consumes the most coffee per capita?

According to the International Coffee Organization (ICO), Finland drinks the most coffee per capita at a whopping 12 kg per capita, that’s over 20 lbs per capita for our imperial readers [1]. The next two countries are followed up by Noway at 9.9 kg and Iceland at 9 kg of coffee consumption per capita to round the top 3 countries that consume the most coffee.

  1. 4 Denmark – 8.7 kilograms (19 lb)
  2. 5 Netherlands – 8.4 kilograms (19 lb)
  3. 6 Sweden – 8.2 kilograms (18 lb)
  4. 7 Switzerland – 7.9 kilograms (17 lb)
  5. 8 Belgium – 6.8 kilograms (15 lb)
  6. 9 Luxembourg – 6.5 kilograms (14 lb)
  7. 10 Canada – 6.5 kilograms (14 lb) – pretty cool, eh?

2. Q: How many different types of coffee beans are there?

There are over 120 different species of coffee that have been found today! Biologists are constantly finding new species of coffee to add to that list. However, there are two main types of coffee beans that dominate the coffee market: Coffea Arabica (more commonly known as Arabica beans), which accounts for 60-80% of all coffees produced around the globe. The other dominant coffee bean is Coffea canephora (more commonly known as Robusta) and makes up around 20-40% of coffee production [2].

3. Q: What country exports the most coffee?

Brazil has been exporting coffee for over 150 years and currently exports 5.7 BILLION pounds of coffee every year. Brazil also provides the world 1/3 of the world’s coffee [3].

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4. Q: What is the biggest Coffee Chain in the world by revenue?

If you live in the U.S. this might be an easy guess since you’ll be hard press to find a corner without a Starbucks Coffee. Starbucks easily pummels the rest of the competition with a whopping 21.0 BILLION dollar market share. The closest rival to Starbucks? Costa Coffee at 1.8B (2015 figures) [4].

5. Q: Oldest Coffee Shop in the World?

Café Le Procope in Paris, France is the oldest dated coffee shop in the world, which started serving delicious hot beverages in 1686! If you’re a coffee & a travel buff, this must be on the bucket list of places to visit before you die. The names of people that have sat in Café Le Procope are among the most world-renowned. Café Le Procope serves more than coffee and can be argued that it’s not purely coffee shop and doesn’t open until noon.

6. Q: What part of the US consumes the most coffee?

According to Statista.com the North East of the United States consumes the most coffee! The state that holds the top spot for most coffee houses? You may have guessed correctly, Seatle Washington. Pinning down the state that consumes the most coffee seemed like an easy task, but as it turns out the data is murkier than a shot of espresso. We can probably make some educated guesses that the state with the highest popular will also be the biggest consumer of coffee, which is California at nearly 40 million people.

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7. Q: What is the strongest coffee in the world?

Strongest can mean a number of things, especially for coffee. But if we are talking about coffee with the most caffeine, that title probably belongs to Black Insomnia Coffee, which was lab-tested to contain more caffeine per 12 fl oz, basically the most caffeinated mug of coffee, according to science. Strongly caffeinated coffee does not equate to bitterness if you’re wondering. The bitterness from the coffee comes from over-extraction of the beans and solubles, creating a ‘bitter’ mouthfeel to the coffee.

8. Q: When was coffee discovered?

There’s a lot of legends when it comes to coffee’s discovery, the fact is nobody really knows when the first coffee bean was roasted and consumed like we do today. Legend has it, goat herders from Ethiopia first noticed their goats become overly excited after eating wild coffee beans, know as coffee cherries. You’ll notice a lot of coffee shops or coffee brands use the ‘goat’ terminology or ‘dancing goat’ to pay homage to the Ethiopian legend.

9. Q: Who Invented the coffee filter?

The first paper coffee filter was invented by a German woman named Melitta Bentz in 1908 (that’s right, after Melitta brand), who subsequently founded the company, Melitta after she perfected the drip-brew. Before Bentz invented the paper filter, people generally used linen/cloth filters. Melitta wanted to remove the bitter taste from the coffee that linen filters were known for back in the day.

10. Q: Why do they call it a French Press?

Ironically, the modern French Press coffee maker was invented by Paolini Ugo and patented by Italian designer Attilio Calimani and Giulio Moneta in 1929, the French Press coffee maker that we know and love today. The French refer to the method as cafetière à piston, and had earlier designs of the French Press as early as 1852 by two Frenchmen named Mayer and Delforge. Can we start calling it Italian Press now, please?


  1. 1 Coffee Consumption per capita
  2. 2 Coffea Beans
  3. 3 The country most export coffee beans
  4. 4 The Largest coffee chain in the world

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