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April 13 2015
Coffee in Numbers
Everybody knows that coffee is popular and that almost everyone drinks at least one cup o’ Joe a day. But how many cups do people really drink? Do men drink more than women? Do they prefer different types of drinks? Do young drink more or less than older people? To answer all these questions we have gathered information from several sources, like the Harvard School of Public Health as seen in hsph.harvard.edu to create the big coffee numbers project. It tackles the more interesting questions regarding this popular drink and gives some insight about drinking habits in our society.
Here are our findings:
More than half of Americans over the age of 18 drink coffee on a daily basis. This means that almost half don’t. Isn’t it surprising? We would have expected that 80% will be drinking coffee on a daily basis.
Those who drink the beverage consume a whopping amount of 3.1 cups every day. That’s an average of course. Some drink much more than that.
Most People drink a cup in the morning with their breakfast, but many like to drink it between meals as well. Only 5% drink it with Lunch or dinner.
The coffee market is huge. The US alone spends more than 40 billion USD on the beverage. Just imagine the total spend in the entire world.
It seems that men drink more than women; however, women drink fancier drinks like Cappuccino, Espresso or Latte. What does this say about the difference in genders? Women prefer quality over quantity?
The young drink more Iced coffee beverages and are willing to spend more money on their drink.
College students are especially fond of coffee and coffee is one of the top drinks in colleges and universities
So what do you say? Are you surprised with the findings in this article? Did you think that women don’t drink as much coffee as men? Do you agree that college students are so fond of coffee? Does it make sense that young people go for the ice drinks? If you have any additional information feel free to share it with us.
January 26 2015
Coffee Producing Countries
Coffee is produced all over the world. It mainly comes from countries in the southern hemisphere. It is preferably produced in countries with areas of land at a high altitude. Here is a list of the major coffee producing countries.
Over 25% of the world’s coffee production comes from Brazil which makes the country the largest exporter of coffee in the world. The large percentage of coffee produced in Brazil is Arabica. Coffee production in Brazil can be traced as far back as 1727.
Famous for producing some of the finest coffee in the world, Colombia has a reputation for producing coffee and exporting it to some of the world’s major brands. Coffee wasn’t produced in Colombia until the early 1800s, a while after it began in Brazil, but it has thrived on the industry since. Bourbon, Caturra and Typica are the main types of coffee produced in Colombia.
The unique climate and growing conditions in Costa Rica allow it flexibility when it comes to producing coffee. The mountains in Costa Rica are the home to some intense coffee production which sees coffee hold a more crisp and light flavour.
Believed to be one of the first areas in the world to produce coffee, Ethiopia still holds a reputation for producing some of the most beautiful coffee. Its exotic aroma and taste is unrivalled and despite not being the most popular coffee, it attracts a constant stream of interest thanks to its production of Harrar and Ghimbi types of coffee.
Guatemala is all about variety thanks to the wide range of growing conditions that the coffee is exposed to. This means all sorts of coffee are produced here. Again, it is not the biggest producer of coffee but the diversity of its growing environment means it always has demand for its produce.
Coffee in India has its target audience. Indian tea is more popular but its coffee is also in demand across the region of Asia but compared to the beans grown in Brazil and Colombia, there is not really much competition, holding a more spicy essence.
The coffee produced here can only be described as coffee that is of an acquired taste. It is smoother than most but also a bit darker and blunter in flavour and aroma. Popular in the East but not as popular in Western culture where the sweeter aromatic coffee is preferred.
Other countries such as Honduras, Jamaica, Haiti, Peru, Bolivia, Phillipines, Kenya, Sri Lanka and Venezuela also produce coffee but the quality is nowhere near the standard of the leading countries listed above. Ultimately, different cultures and societies have different views on what is considered a tasteful type of coffee. The palates of those in Europe and North America differ from those in Asia and Africa. It is purely a matter of taste.
January 19 2015
Coffee: Behind the Drink
Coffee is a major part of western society in this day and age so it is important to understand how it came to play such a role in modern cultures. Find out more here.
This is a unique drink. It holds a social role in our lives that no other drink possesses. It is not only popular but it is also socially acceptable to drink at all hours and can be used as a prop to enhance social interaction. However, not many people are aware of how it came to be in its current form.
As a brewed drink that comes from roasted seeds, coffee is enjoyed all over the world but has become a huge element in western society. Whether people drink it to get an energy boost first thing in the morning, whilst meeting up with friends or just because they like it, it is one of the most frequently consumed drinks in the world.
Coffee can be found in a several areas around the world such as South America, Asia and Africa. However, it is most popular in a social context in Europe and North America.
It is believed that Ethiopians were the first people to discover the potential of coffee bean plants. They looked at methods of cultivated the seed and producing a substance from the plants. However, there is little solid evidence of where the first coffee production came from.
The first coffeehouse in the world opened up in 1554 in Istanbul, Turkey. Since then, the number of coffeehouses around the world has multiplied on a yearly basis. From 1670, after Sufi Baba Budan first smuggled coffee beans out of Yemen to India, the drink spread to Europe, Asia and the Americas.
In 1645, the first coffeehouse in Europe opened in Italy. The Dutch became the first European nation to really embrace the importation of the beverage and it wasn't long before Britain followed the trend. Coffee became really popular in the Americas in the 19th century during the Revolutionary War when the English reduced tea supplies to the Americans. Demand for the hot beverage increased and the continent has not looked back. The popularity of this drink in the western world has allowed many third world countries and South American countries to benefit from its production.
Coffee is now such a key part of everyday life that it seems hard to imagine a time without it. With so many different varieties, tastes, flavors and brands it is a growing industry that is showing no signs of slowing down.
People rely on it more than ever now. It can be used as an excuse by one individual to ask another individual on a date. It can be used as a social medium for friends to meet and catch up. It can also just be enjoyed as a satisfying drink.
Coffee has played such a huge part in society and still does. With more coffeehouses and companies producing it than ever before, this is certainly a boom period for this drink and with many brands still using third world and South American producers, it is an industry which hasn't forgotten its roots.
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