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5 Amazing Coffee Facts on National Coffee Day in the US

1. After Oil, Coffee Is the Most Valuable Traded Commodity in the World

Brazil has been the largest producer of coffee, accounting for one-third of world production, for the last century and a half. The only state in the United States to grow and sell coffee plants, as well as U.S. territory Puerto Rico, is Hawaii.

2. Coffee Is Not a Bean

Rather, it is a fruit that grows on trees and caffeine comprises the crystals within it.

3. The Word "Coffee" Comes from the Arabic Term For "Wine of the Bean"

In the 1600s, Catholics raised a big controversy about whether the Bible allowed people to drink coffee, calling it the "bitter invention of Satan" because of its popularity among Muslims. Luckily, Pope Clement VIII said it was okay: "This Satan's drink is so delicious that it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it," he allegedly said.
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4. It's Thirsty

A cup of coffee requires 37 gallons (140 litres) of water to make. Your iced coffee needs even more, not just because of the ice, but because re-brewing coffee to make a stronger cup takes twice the water.

5. Coffee Pods Are Contraband

At least they are in the German city of Hamburg, which in February banned coffee pods from state-run facilities in order to reduce environmental waste, as well as for health reasons due to the fact that they contain harmful aluminium.