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All about coffee

By SOPHIA BAUER

 Staff Writer

There’s a good chance that even as you’re reading this, you’re drinking a cup of coffee. College students consume it all the time. But have you ever wondered where coffee comes from? Or how it was discovered? How about its health benefits and risks?

Here’s a quick education on coffee — including some little-known facts.

  • Coffee was discovered by a goat shepherd named Kaldi, who noticed his goats were acting weird after eating the cherries on a coffee tree. So he ate one.

  • It takes about 100 cups of coffee to kill a person.

  • Brazil produces the most coffee in the world, followed by Vietnam and Indonesia.

  • The body can absorb about four cups of coffee; anything more has no effect.

  • Coffee is believed to reduce your risk of getting breast, colon, rectal and liver cancer.

  • Contrary to popular belief, drinking coffee does not sober people up.

  • The most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak, which goes for up to $600 a pound, is made from coffee beans eaten and pooped out by a Sumatran wild cat.

  • Lighter roasts have more caffeine than dark roasts because the longer coffee beans are roasted, the more caffeine is lost.

  • Coffee is not actually beans, but is found inside berries that grow on a tree.

  • Coffee can raise blood pressure and cholesterol.

  • Coffee is one of the things Olympic athletes are tested for; athletes can only have a certain amount of coffee in their system, about five cups or less.

  • A car has been invented that runs on used coffee grounds.

  • More than 50 types of coffee exist.

  • America, France and Germany are the biggest consumers of coffee in the world.

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