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How much do you know about coffee?

For millions of people, coffee is an essential morning tradition that fuels the start of their day—and most of the time, you probably don’t even think about it.

But behind every sip of coffee, there’s a fascinating story that begins in the country where it was grown and ends with the choice of cup that carries it to your lips.

Do you ever think about how much coffee you drink, and how that consumption affects your health?

Here are some interesting and fun facts, trends and industry statistics you should know.

  • People spend approximately $40 billion on coffee annually.
  • Coffee lowers the risk of Type II diabetes and liver disease.
  • A person’s coffee consumption increases by 25% when they reach their 20s.
  • People aged 60+ drink the most coffee. 68% of them are daily consumers.
  • 37% of children aged 13-18 drink coffee.
  • 54% of people drink coffee daily.

Where do coffee beans come from?

Ethiopia is the origin of both arabica and robusta beans, but they each now grow in a variety of different countries across the world map, especially in Latin America, Central America, Africa and parts of Asia. Arabica beans are primarily grown in Brazil but can also be found in countries like Colombia, Honduras and Mexico.

Robusta also grows in Brazil but is even more common in Vietnam; other robusta coffee growing regions include Indonesia, India, and Uganda.

How are different cups of coffee made?

When you look at their core components, not all cups of coffee are created equal.

Different kinds of coffee are referred to by very different names depending on what other ingredients are included. 

  • Ristretto – A short shot of espresso.
  • Espresso – Strong, thick black coffee.
  • Iced Coffee – Just what it sounds like; coffee that’s been chilled with ice cubes.
  • Americano – Espresso diluted with hot water.
  • Black Coffee – Coffee with water only (no milk or sugar).
  • Long Black – Espresso poured over hot water.
  • Macchiato – Espresso with milk foam.
  • Flat White – Espresso with steamed milk only.
  • Cappuccino – Espresso with steamed milk and foam.
  • Frappe – Coffee mixed with milk and crushed ice.
  • Cafe Breve – Similar to cappuccino; may use half-and-half instead of milk.
  • Latte – Similar to cappuccino, but with a greater proportion of milk.
  • Mocha – Espresso with chocolate syrup, steamed milk and whipped cream.
  • Irish Coffee – Coffee with sugar, Irish whiskey and heavy cream.

We believe that coffee is more than just a drink: It’s a culture, an economy, an art, a science — and a passion.

Whether you're new to the brew or an espresso expert, whether you prefer it with or without caffeine, there's always more to learn about America's favorite beverage.

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