This is a guest post written by one of our Bees, Therese McAdam.
The first known coffee substance was brewed in Sufi shrines in Yemen in the 15th century. Since then, coffee has been the drink of choice for the motivated.
Now, whether you are looking for your morning jump, or simply 275 points in your next Mobee Morning Joe Mission, coffee, the golden nectar of the gods, most definitely rules the world. There is no question about will it ever, but it rules my world anyway now. I know that I would not be able to face the day without it. Here’s everything you need to coffee, so you too can figure out if it will rule the world.
When Was Coffee Was First Discovered?
According to legend, it was a man named Kaldi, a goat herder, that first invented discovered the benefits of the java bean plant. It is said that he found his goats eating the beans off the plant. He then noted that when they ate it, they were too energetic, and could not sleep for the night. As reported on the website Nsuasa in their article The History of Coffee, this local goat herder took the beans to a monastery famed for making juice from berries. Since that day, news traveled east to the Arabic Peninsula, and coffee as we know it today was born.
How Much Coffee Is There in the World?
In 2013, there were 6,998 coffee and snack shops in Canada. There are 37,189 coffee houses in the United States in 2020, with reports at the time expected to rise. This equates to about one coffee house on almost every street, small town and city across North America. We are not even talking the world here.
Think about how much coffee Italy and Paris serve up in a day. Then there is Africa, Columbia, Mexico, and Arabia to add to mix. The point remains that coffee does indeed rule the world, and there is money in the bean.
How Much Money Can You Make Selling Coffee?
The average coffee shop owner will make about $215,000 per 250 cups according to Start My Coffee Shop. But this profit margin does not translate to the average coffee farm. According to WeForum, growers only make about $0.50 cents a pound, and their workers even less.
With the rise of Fair Trade practices around the world for coffee production, the profit margin for coffee growers may increase. Of course we don’t tend to think about this when we are gulping down our java.
How Much Coffee Is Sold Every Year?
According to WeForum, each year, approximately 2.3 million cups of coffee are sold globally. This being said, I think there can be no doubt that coffee rules the world. We depend on the bean to make it through the day. It is our tool to rise and shine in a good mood. Don’t even think about talking to a coffee lover before their morning cup of joe.
The fact remains that no matter where you are in the world today, you would be hard-pressed not to walk past a coffee shop. There is no better smell in the world either than a brewed roast.