Sharing a coffee with a friend at your favorite local shop is one of the pure joys that are associated with our favorite social beverage. However, sometimes we run out of witty things to talk about. We’re here to help!

In this post, we’ll explore some surprising coffee facts that are perfect conversation starters for your next coffee shop trip.

Fact #1: 500 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year.

Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world, with more than 500 billion cups consumed each year. Over 2 billion cups of coffee are enjoyed throughout the world each day and 450 million cups consumed in the United States alone.

Fact #2: Robusta beans have twice as much caffeine than Arabica beans.

Robusta beans have around 2.2 – 2.7% caffeine, whereas the more common Arabica beans have only 1.2 – 1.5%. The higher caffeine in Robusta also lends to a bitter flavor in brewed coffee, but when you’re looking for an effective jumpstart to your day, it will surely do the trick!

Fact #3: Classical composers were inspired by coffee.

Beethoven was such an ardent coffee lover that he’d count 60 beans per cup before making his brew. Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a cantata inspired by a woman’s coffee adoration.

Fact #4: Coffee was discovered by goats.

Legend has it a 9th-century Ethiopian goat herder discovered coffee by accident when he noticed how crazy the beans were making his goats when they ate them.

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