Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Interesting Facts about Coffee

Below are some really interesting facts about coffee

Coffee is the second-most traded commodity in the world economy, after oil.

The global coffee industry earns $60 billion annually. Coffee farmers earn as little as 4 cents a pound for the coffee they pick by hand.

Most of the world's coffee is grown by small-scale coffee farming families.

25 million families around the world work in the coffee-fields and totally depend on the coffee crop as their only source of income.

One coffee tree yields slightly less than 1 pound of coffee per year.

For every pound of gourmet coffee sold, small-coffee farmers receive between 12¢ and 25¢.

When shopping for perfume, take some coffee with you in your bag and have a good sniff in between smelling each perfume to refresh your nose!

Sprinkle spent coffee grounds around the base of your garden plants and it will stop snails and slugs from munching them!

A mixture of coffee grounds and sugar, fed to a potted plant and watered regularly, will revive houseplants that have turned yellow in winter.

Some of the worlds most powerful business, including Lloyds of London and the New York Stock Exchange, started life as a coffee house.

In December 2001 Brazil produced a scented postage stamp to promote its coffee - the smell should last between 3 and 5 years.

A coffee tree has a lifespan of about 50 to 70 years.

When it is in bloom, the coffee tree is covered with 30,000 white flowers which begin to develop into fruit after 24 - 36 hours.

A coffee tree can flower eight times in any one year - depending on rainfall.

Coffee is consumed at the rate of 1400 million cups per day.

Coffee is the world's second most popular drink after water.


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