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In Celebration of International Coffee Day

This year International Coffee Day celebrates its first birthday. On September 29th 2016, the global event first launched in October 2015 in Milan, will, once again, promote and celebrate the world’s love of coffee. Raising awareness for the fairtrade industry and shedding light on the plight of many coffee growers, the event is not simply about the worldwide love affair between mana and his morning brew,  but about its sustainability within the economic climate.

The earliest evidence of coffee drinking appears in 15th century Yemen. Traders took the plant from its native Ethiopia to their homeland and from there it spread across Asia and had reached Europe by the 1500s.But over history, the love story between coffee and its drinkers has not been plain sailing. The Romeo and Juliet of the hot drink world, the story of Man and his coffee has been wrought with obstacles.

Over the past six centuries, coffee has been banned from human consumption four treacherous times. First, in 16th century Mecca where leaders believed that its stimulatory effects fueled radical thinking and then, later that century in Italy, where clergyman believed the drink to be ‘satanic’. Fortunately, Pope Clement VII loved coffee so much that he lifted the ban and had coffee baptised in 1600.

Yet, again in 1623, Ottoman leader Murad IV punished all coffee drinking by law. Anyone found in possession of the drink was whipped and thrown into the sea. And in 1746 the Swedish government made it illegal to own coffee-ware, including mugs and dishes. Luckily, today it is very much legal (though not always recommended) to drink as much coffee as you wish.

In celebration of International Coffee Day, IWOOT takes a look at the best ten coffee facts.

  1. The world consumes close to 2.5 billion cups of coffee ever day.

  2. Finland is the most caffeinated country, drinking between 4 and 5 cups of coffee a day.

  3. New Yorkers drink almost 7 times more coffee than the rest of the U.S.

  4. Just smelling coffee can wake you up.

  5. Coffee drinkers have a lower risk of Alzheimers.

  6. French Philosopher Voltaire is said to have drank 50 cups of coffee a day.

  7. Espressos are regulated by the Italian government as they are considered to a be an essential part of every day life.

  8. Johan Sebastian Bach wrote an opera about a woman who was addicted to coffee.

  9. The first webcam was invented at the University of Cambridge to let people know if the coffee pot was full or not.

  10. A coffee plant can live up to 200 years.

Georgia Leitch

Georgia Leitch

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