13 Amazing Facts About Coffee

If you're like most TikiTreats customers, you've gotta have your morning cup of coffee - and that's just to get out of bed.

So for all of the coffee lovers in our community, here are 13 amazing facts about coffee:

  1. The term “cup of Joe” comes from the American soldiers also known as GI Joes of WWII who loved their coffee and were big drinkers.
  2. During Turkish wedding ceremonies, grooms were made to vow to always provide their brides with coffee. Failure to do so could result in divorce.
  3. There has been an indication that coffee can actually be used to fuel a car. Not now, of course, but maybe someday in the future. Kind of reassuring, don’t you think, to imagine a world where one day we might never have to worry about running out of fuel?
  4. Did you know that coffee doesn’t just give us humans a buzz? No siree. BEES get a buzz when drinking coffee and what’s even more interesting is that is supercharges their long-term memory! How else do you think they find their way back to the same plant over and over again?
  5. The word coffee originates from the Arabic word ‘qahhwat al-bun’ which was then shortened to ‘qahwa’. The Turkish called it ‘kahve’ after which the Dutch made it ‘koffie’, until it was finally translated to ‘coffee’ in English.
  6. Coffee was declared illegal not once, not twice, but a whopping three times by three different cultures! The first was in Mecca in 1511, followed by Charles the II in Europe in an attempt to quell the on-going rebellion and the third was by Fredrick the Great in Germany in 1677 who was worried about the economic implications of money leaving the country to buy this beverage.
  7. Teddy Roosevelt drank a gallon of coffee every day. (Not something you’d want to try today. Just putting it out there.)
  8. The Boston Tea Party resulted in Americans switching from tea to coffee as an expression of freedom.
  9. Coffee was so scarce in Germany during WWII that ‘coffee bombs’ were dropped from planes to turn the people against the government.
  10. Exfoliate your skin with moist coffee grounds at least twice a week, rinse and watch your face glow.
  11. In 1511, coffee was banned in Mecca on the grounds of preventing free thinking and people getting together to hang out.
  12. In ancient Arab culture, a woman could only divorce her husband if he didn’t like coffee enough. Talk about extreme love for coffee!
  13. We now drink coffee with our breakfast, but back in 17th century people drank beer along with their breakfast every morning!

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