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♦ During the American Civil War, soldiers, having used up all their coffee supplies, used roasted sweet potato and Indian corn as a substitute.

♦ There is less caffeine in dark roast than in medium roast.  It is because, the longer the beans are roasted, the more caffeine burns off.

♦ American consumers spend $10.7 billion a year on coffee when combining the spend of coffee at home and away from home.

♦ Cowboy coffee?  Well, yes, - they put ground coffee in a clean sock and put a pot of cold water over a camp fire.

♦ Ants don't like coffee, so you can use coffee to keep them away from your plants or out of the rooms in your house.

♦ The most expensive coffee in the world is called Kopi Luwak.  Also known as Civet coffee.  It is made from coffee berries that have been eaten and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian Palm Civet (a cat sized mammal).

♦ Coffee trade statistics show that over 5 million people in Brazil are employed by the coffee trade; most of those are involved with the cultivation and harvesting of more than 3 billion coffee plants.

♦ Coffee industry statistics show that 20% of harvested coffee beans are considered to be a premium bean of the highest quality.

♦ Each year some 6-8 billion kilos of coffee beans are produced and sold around the world providing over 20,000,000 jobs.

♦ Coffee statistics show that coffee is the most popular beverage worldwide with over 400 billion cups consumed each year.

♦ The berries themselves are edible.  They are very sweet, with a texture somewhat like a grape.

♦ 500g of coffee is equivalent to approx 2,700 cherries.

♦ About 12-20kg of export ready coffee will be produced from every 100kg of coffee cherries harvested.

♦ The coffee plant has become a major source of oxygen in the world.  Each hectare of coffee products approx 40kgs of oxygen per day, which is about half the production of the same area in a rainforest.

♦ The optimum storage conditions for green beans are a cool, dry place with humidity of less than 45%.