Coffee History Trivia

Coffee has had an interesting history to say the least. Here are some fun facts about coffee and its history that you may not have known and can use to stump and/or impress your fellow coffee aficionados at your next coffee gathering.

  • European Coffee HouseIn 1675, Charles II, King of England, issued a proclamation banning all coffee houses. He claimed that coffee houses were places where people met to plot against him.
  • That may seem a little nuts, but both the American Revolution and the French Revolution were plotted in coffee houses.
  • In the 17th century when coffee came to Europe, Pope Clement VIII banned coffee, stating it was the “Devils Tool” (not idle hands). After the Pope tried a cup, he interestingly enough pronounced coffee legal again.
  • A traditional 6oz cup of coffee contains about 150 milligrams of caffeine, which most physicians call a “therapeutic dose.
  • Satori Kato, a Japanese American chemist, invented instant coffee in 1901. In 1906, a more well known English chemist, George Constant Washington, claimed that he was the one who invented instant coffee.
  • Brazil is the largest coffee producer in the world, producing over 44 million bags of coffee a year, but the US is the largest coffee consumer in the world, consuming roughly 400 million cups a day.
  • Melitta Bentz, a housefrau from Dresden, Germany, invented the first coffee filter in 1908.
  • Tipping servers began in early European coffee houses, where the only way to receive decent service in these loud and rather dirty places was to tip the baristas and servers.
  • Bostonian Dorothy Jones was the first American coffee trader. She became licensed to sell coffee in 1670.

Enjoy and remember, no plotting against the government in coffee houses! It’s been done, and the NSA probably has all of them staked out more than your email.

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