I thought I’d share an interesting article from the health section of the New York Times…
Finland has the highest coffee consumption per capita in the world.
In ancient Turkey, coffee was so important to society that the lack of sufficient coffee provided legal grounds for a woman to divorce her husband.
The coffee must flow!
Before coffee was coffee, it was a tea.
When first discovered, the ancient Ethiopians boiled the leaves and berries of the coffee plant to make a tea.
They also used the berries to make a wine.
It wasn’t until the 16th century that someone figured out how to make the infusion from the roasted beans that we know today as coffee.
Generally speaking, the people who harvest the coffee beans in the various nations where it’s grown, make barely enough money with a day’s labor to buy one cup of coffee in the USA.
On the upside, though, they get all their coffee for free. Now that’s what I call a perk!
(No pun intended.)
Coffee is the second most valuable export commodity in the world, right behind oil.
Legal commodity, that is.