Coffee is the number two cash commodity in the world. Oil is number one, but our beloved source of caffeine is next. However, even being #2 may not be enough. Consumption and popularity is increasing according to sources that keep such data.
There is a legend about the discovery of coffee as a source of caffeine. An African goatherd - one who herds goats - noticed that his goats were prancing about from one plant to another, eating the plants' cherries. He tried some himself and was soon bouncing along with the goats. He passed the discovery along and the rest, as they say, is history.
So, the first consumption of coffee was not as a brewed drink. The first consumers would grind up the beans and make a paste out of them. They used the paste in a mixture with ground grain and fat and had the very first "power bars".
There is only one state in the US that grows the precious beans. It is the Island of Kona in Hawaii. And the coffee from beans grown on Kona are considered by many to be some of the best in the world.
Many think that coffee grows on bushes, but not so. It grows on trees that can get up to 30 feet tall if left to their own natural growing pattern. They trees have been cultivated to grow to only about 10 feet so that harvesting is easier.
The rise of popularity is attributed to the religion of Islam. Islamic people are not permitted to drink alcoholic beverages, but there is no ban on caffeine. So they became coffee drinkers.
Pickers do not harvest beans, they pick coffee cherries. The beans are inside the cherries and they do not look anything like what we see when we go to grind them. They are very light and gooey in color until the dry and are subjected to roasting.
The legend of "Joe". It is rumored that in the Navy, while at sea, the men on board ships would enjoy alcoholic beverages. A Naval Admiral by the name of Josephus "Joe" Daniels came into power and banned the use of alcoholic beverages aboard the ships except on special occasions. The swabbies changed their beverage of choice and it earned the name "Cup of Joe" in reference to Admiral Joe Daniels.
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