This history of coffee is riddled with facts both true and false, both strange and stranger, both inspiring and repulsive. Here’s a collection of links guaranteed to entertain you with visions of coffee cherries (apparently they’re quite tasty) and legal and historical quirks that will make you very popular in the breakroom:
Because some good things DO grow on trees:
The Oatmeal: Ahhh this one’s got an infographic! Highlight: Coffee grows on trees. They can grow to be up to 30 feet tall but are cultivated to be around 10 feet (3 meters) tall for easy-picking.
Mmmm, more infographic:
Livescience:brings the facts, served hot and steamy. Complete with percentages and smiley faces. Highlight: Hawaii and Puerto Rico are the only places in America where coffee is grown.
Buzzfeed: Prefers to focus on the practicalities. Highlights: The French philosopher Voltaire is said to have drank 50 cups of coffee a day. And apparently the lethal dose of caffeine is roughly 100 cups of coffee. (Perhaps Voltaire was a participant in the experiment to determine human limits for caffeine consumption!)
Much ado about coffee:
Coffee Cup News: These people are way into coffee. Highlight: “Coffee was declared illegal 3 times by 3 different cultures.The first was in Mecca during the 16th century and the prohibition was lifted after 30 years of debate among scholars and jurists. The second was Charles the II in Europe banning coffee houses trying to quell the ongoing rebellion yet it backfired and was never enforced. (People need their coffee!) The third was Fredrick the Great who banned the beverage in Germany in 1677 because he was concerned with the economic implications of money leaving the country on this new popular beverage. (There are many other examples of religions prohibiting coffee consumption not mentioned here, that still go on today.)”