5 Fascinating Facts About Coffee

Happy National Coffee Day!

If you're anything like us, you love a good cup of joe in the morning! And at lunch. And after lunch. But today is not a day to dwell on our mass consumption of coffee, it's a day to celebrate it! So pour another cup and enjoy these five fun facts to share around the office during that mid-morning break.

  1. A sleepy monk and a shepherd with dancing goats discovered coffee.
    Popular legend has it that the origin of coffee can be traced by to an unnamed monk observing an Ethiopian goatherd and his goats dancing after eating coffee berries. The monk—who was having trouble staying awake during prayer—decided to make a beverage with the berries and Voila! Coffee is born.
    Goat
  2. It would take more than 70 cups of coffee for the average person to overdose on caffeine.
    According to an article from the Huffington Post, it is virtually impossible to drink a lethal amount of coffee. At 154 pounds, you would have to drink about 70 cups of coffee at once to overdose. That's a lot of coffee!
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  3. The "Americano" (hot water poured over espresso) originated in WWII.
    An Americano is a style of coffee that comes from when American GIs in WWII would order their espresso with hot water to create a coffee they were more accustom to.
    Soldier
  4. Drinking coffee is good for your liver.
    In a large national health study, scientist found that those who drank three cups of coffee a day were 25 percent less likely to have abnormal liver enzyme levels. This means drinking coffee could help prevent diseases like cirrhosis and diseases that affect the liver.
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  5. The most expensive coffee on Earth is made from poop.
    Kopi luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. Harvested from the poop of a cat-like animal called the palm civet, these coffee beans can range in price up to $600 per pound.
    Civet
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