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Did you Know? 2018-07-20T12:23:01+00:00

THE COFFEE HISTORY

SOME CHRONOLOGICAL POINTS.

The coffee plant is originally from Ethiopia and has been used in human food since the VI century AC. Coffee is a beverage produced from the roasted beans of the Coffee Tree. During the 80s the coffee became the second most traded commodity in the world in monetary value, only behind  oil. This statistic is still widely quoted today. During the product crisis in the 90s, its value was reduced due to the fall in the total value of exports from producing and roasting countries. In 2003, coffee was the seventh most important agricultural export product in terms of value, next to wheat, corn and soybeans. Today coffee is the second most consumed drink in the world and the most consumed drink outside the home. Only water surpasses global coffee consumption.

THE COFFEE VARIETIES

ARABIC AND ROBUSTA ARE THE MOST KNOWN.

There are more than 25 types of coffee. The most popular are: Robusta, with higher caffeine content; and Arabica, with a softer flavor and lower amount of caffeine.

OTHER CULTURES

HOW IS COFFEE CONSUMED IN THE WORLD?

In Japan the coffee is served as good as cold. In France it is usual to be mixed with chicory. In the Middle East and Africa you get pinches of cinnamon inside, garlic or ginger as well. In Italy you can have strips of lemon. In Greece it is served with a glass of ice water. The same in some countries of central/east Europe. Particularly, in Germany it is sweetened with condensed milk, whipped cream or powdered sugar, while in Switzerland it is baptized with Kirsch, a type of liqueur.

BRAZIL, THE LARGEST WORLD PRODUCER

WHAT ARE THE WORLD’S GREATEST COFFEE PRODUCERS?

Brazil produces almost as much as all other countries exceeding 2.5 million kg per year.

The only coffee plantation in Europe is located in Azores (Portugal) and it is intended for the inhabitants and has no significant exports.