10 Facts About Coffee

10 Facts About Coffee

Everything you need to know about your morning elixir.

1. Northern Delight

Believe it or not, the world’s biggest coffee drinkers are neither the Italians nor the French. Nope, the Dutch love coffee the most, drinking an average of 2.4 cups a day per capita. The top five is rounded out by Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Germany, with Canada coming in 12th.

2. To Grind Or Not To Gring

That is the question. Coffee starts to lose its flavour once ground so to preserve the beans’ essence for as long as possible, grind them just before use and avoid grinding more than you need.

3. Sustainable Choices

What difference does going fair trade make? Easy: It contributes to the quality of life of small-scale producers in 27 countries throughout Asia, Africa and Latin America, as well as promoting a healthy environment and supporting community development programs. Bonus: These days, fair trade coffee costs about the same as regular.

4. The Other Black Gold

Coffee is the world’s most heavily traded commodity after petroleum and is typically packaged in 60 kg bags.

5. Espresso

It isn’t a kind of coffee, but rather a way of roasting and preparing beans. Water is forced through packed, finely ground beans to produce the dark, strong-tasting beverage. A shot of espresso (about 30 ml) contains about 40 mg of caffeine.

6. Daily Allowance

Adults should consume a maximum of 400 mg of caffeine per day. That translates to about three cups of brewed coffee or four cups of the instant stuff. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should stick to no more than 300 mg.

7. Dessert Worthy 

Craving something quick, easy and sweet? Drop a ball of vanilla ice cream into a cup and top it with a shot of espresso. Make it a regular or decaf, depending on the time of day. Either way, affogato is Delizioso!

8. Fridge Or Freezer

If properly stored in an opaque, airtight container, whole beans keep fresh for three weeks at room temperature. Ground coffee stored in the same way is best used within 10 days of opening the bag. Need to buy a little time? This is where things get a little murky: Some experts claim that the humidity and odours in a fridge will affect the taste, while others swear by the freezer. Our advice? Avoid the issue entirely and buy your coffee in small quantities.

9. Cut The Caffeine 

There are 3 to 5 mg of caffeine per cup of decaffeinated coffee, or about the same as a single-serving of hot chocolate made from a mix.

10. Sommeliers: Not Just For Wine

Smell, swirl, taste... It works for wine, and it works for coffee, too. Key industry players have started to offer expert coffee training to restaurant professionals. For example, there are about 300 alumni of Nespresso’s Sommelier program around the world, including two in Canada.

Hélène Laurendeau

Hélène Laurendeau

A nutrition and health enthusiast who loves to share: this description fits Hélène Laurendeau to a tee. She has been active for more than 25 years in the media and communications field. Nutritionist, host, columnist, author and speaker, Hélène holds a Bachelor degree in Nutrition and a Master degree in Epidemiology. She has spread her knowledge alongside Ricardo every week since 2005, as part of his daily show broadcast on ICI Radio-Canada Télé, as well as in Ricardo magazine, where she pens the Bien se nourrir (Eating Well) column.


  1. Good article on coffee. I wonder if you are aware of the gem you have in Montreal? L'Academie de Cafe de Montreal.

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