Coffee commands an average price of $2.00 a cup. The Coffee grower gets 1 cent. Coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year.
Only about 20% of harvested coffee beans are considered to be a premium bean of the highest quality.
In 1732 Bach wrote a coffee cantata. Cantata is a Italian word meaning “To sing”, a composition for one or more voices usually comprising solos, duets, recitatives, and choruses and sung to an instrumental accompaniment.
In 1763 the city of Venice boasted more then 200 coffee shops.
Today Italy supports 200,000 plus coffee shops, restaurants, bars. That number is still growing.
Italy manufactured the first commercial espresso machine in 1906.
Espresso means to the country of Italy what champagne is to France.
In Italy, coffee and espresso are synonymous, inseperable.
Coffee is grown commercially in over 45 countries throughout the world.
Coffee is the second most valuable traded commodity on earth followed only by oil.
In Brazil more then 5,000,000 owe their employment to the coffee trade. Most are involved with the cultivation and harvesting of more than 3,000,000,000 coffee bean plants.
In America coffee represents 75% of all the caffeine consumed.