Happy National Coffee Day!

Drinking coffee is a morning ritual for most Americans, and we consume more of it than any other country in the world.

It's a hell of drug.

The average U.S. coffee drinker sips 27 gallons of coffee every year, so it only makes sense that those who worship at the altar of caffeine have their own holiday. To help you celebrate, here are a few facts about coffee you never knew you needed to know…

  • Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, only eclipsed by oil.
  • Starbucks may be the largest coffee chain in the world, but the company actually sells more milk by volume than coffee.
  • A single shot of espresso only has about 1/3 the caffeine of a cup of regularly brewed coffee.
  • Some coffee plants can live as long as 100 years.


Of course, no fake holiday (are you off of work?) would be complete without including a few of our favorite coffee world records:

  • The world’s largest cup of coffee contained 2,010 gallons. It was poured in October, 2010 in Las Vegas.

I already have to pee.

  • The world’s largest iced coffee wasn’t too far behind at 1,500 gallons. It too was poured at Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas in October, 2010.
  • The world’s largest espresso machine measured 10 feet tall, 8 feet wide and 10 feet long.
  • The world’s fastest espresso machine, the “Swiss Espresso Extractor”, can produce three gallons of espresso in one minute!

Trivial coffee facts gleaned from here

World records via Guinness World Records, duh.

Photos via here and here.

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