The 50 Top Coffee Producing Nations

According to World Atlas, as of 2016, the top coffee-producing nations by metric tons produced annually are:

China (est.)116,820
Ivory Coast108,000
Costa Rica89,520
Papua New Guinea48,000
El Salvador45,720
Dominican Republic24,000
Democratic Republic of the Congo20,100
Timor Leste4,800
Central African Republic3,900
Sierra Leone2,160
Trinidad and Tobago720

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Seven Quotations about Coffee

  • “Sometimes it is the smallest thing that saves us: the weather growing cold, a child’s smile, and a cup of excellent coffee.” ~ Jonathan Carroll
  • “Coffee is real good when you drink it gives you time to think. It’s a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.” ~ Gertrude Stein
  • “I’ll read my books and I’ll drink coffee and I’ll listen to music, and I’ll bolt the door.” ~ J. D. Salinger
  • “I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.” ~ T. S. Eliot
  • “When we drink coffee, ideas march in like the army” ~ Honore de Balzac
  • “To do good work one must eat well, be well housed, have one’s fling from time to time, smoke one’s pipe, and drink one’s coffee in peace” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
  • “We want to do a lot of stuff; we’re not in great shape, we didn’t get a good night’s sleep, we’re a little depressed. Coffee solves all these problems in one delightful little cup.” ~ Jerry Seinfeld

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Advanced Education in the Science of Coffee

Higher Education in the Science of Coffee

There are not many universities with programs dedicated to the science of coffee. Here are a few in the US and abroad along with a few words about each program from that university’s website.

UC Davis

The University of California at Davis has an established program in coffee studies and is developing a master’s program in Coffee Science.  Their website notes:

“There is an ever growing need for coffee research, and we at UC Davis are honored to be at the forefront of cutting edge coffee science and education. The UC Davis Coffee Center is the first multidisciplinary university research center to address the challenges and needs of the coffee industry through a holistic approach to coffee science and education. The center will leverage our university’s global reputation for excellence, aligning expertise across campus, in both applied and basic research.”

UC Davis is also developing an advanced degree in coffee studies:

“There are many people truly passionate about the science of coffee but unfortunately, there is currently nowhere in the United States that offers an advanced degree specifically in coffee. A long-term goal for the UC Davis Coffee Center is to create and offer a first-of-its-kind graduate program: a master’s degree in Coffee Science.”

For more information visit Graduate | UC Davis Coffee Center

Vanderbilt University

“The Vanderbilt Institute for Coffee Studies (ICS) is dedicated to research on the human dimensions of coffee production, trade, and consumption. The ICS promotes applied scholarship that can better people’s lives, from potential bio-medical therapeutic uses to economic development programs. Our work ranges across a number of fields, from medicine and pharmacology to history and economic development to art and literature. We work with academics, students, farmers, and industry collaborators.”

For more information, visit Vanderbilt University Institute for Coffee Studies | Vanderbilt University

Università del Caffè

“The international university master’s degree dedicated to the coffee world was established by a group of renowned leaders in the field of education: the University of Trieste, the University of Udine, the International Superior School of Advanced Studies of Trieste (SISSA), the Association of Molecular Biomedicine (CBM Area Science Park, Trieste), illycaffè and Università del Caffè, and the Ernesto Illy Foundation…. aimed at graduates in both the scientific-technological area and humanistic-social area from all over the world, the master’s degree is held from January to December through a blended model (via online as well as a residential period in Trieste at illycaffè headquarters). It is composed of 400 hours of lessons divided into 9 didactic modules. It is worth 60 university credits and the whole course is held in English”

For more information, visit  Master’s degree in Coffee Economics and Science – Ernesto Illy

University of Florence

“The University of Florence is offering a master’s degree in coffee, where it says students can get an education on every aspect of the coffee-making process, from cultivating coffee plants and the intricacies of the coffee supply chain to preparing a fresh cup… 

“The 9-month-long course begins in January with an inaugural class of 24 students. Though the first class will be taught in Italian, subsequent years of classes may be offered in English.

“Students will learn in-person in Italy, which has been hailed as the coffee capital of the world and the birthplace of espresso and espresso-based drinks like macchiatos and cappuccinos.”

For more information, read the original article at Business Insider

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Café Ambience with Bossa Nova and Coffee Pouring

Provided above for your pleasure is a café ambience video (may take a few seconds to load) from YouTube to help set the mood for your morning coffee, a coffee break during your hectic day, for studying or for simply relaxing. Do a quick search on YouTube for “café ambience” and you will get a long list of videos designed to transport you to a pleasant café setting with relaxing music playing in the background and/or rain of varying intensities outside or even snowstorms. Almost all ambience videos last at least an hour, but many will last eight hours or more. Above is an example to help set the mood for your morning cuppa joe or a coffee break during your hectic day. More will be posted here from time to time.

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How much is too much caffeine?

According to the Mayo Clinic (link below article):

“Up to 400 milligrams (mg) of caffeine a day appears to be safe for most healthy adults. That’s roughly the amount of caffeine in four cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of cola or two “energy shot” drinks. Keep in mind that the actual caffeine content in beverages varies widely, especially among energy drinks.

“Caffeine in powder or liquid form can provide toxic levels of caffeine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cautioned. Just one teaspoon of powdered caffeine is equivalent to about 28 cups of coffee. Such high levels of caffeine can cause serious health problems and possibly death.

“Although caffeine use may be safe for adults, it’s not a good idea for children. Adolescents and young adults need to be cautioned about excessive caffeine intake and mixing caffeine with alcohol and other drugs.

“Women who are pregnant or who are trying to become pregnant and those who are breast-feeding should talk with their doctors about limiting caffeine use to less than 200 mg daily.

“Even among adults, heavy caffeine use can cause unpleasant side effects. And caffeine may not be a good choice for people who are highly sensitive to its effects or who take certain medications…”

Caffeine: How much is too much? – Mayo Clinic

“Coffee” in the 20 Most Spoken Languages

Nigerian Pidginkofi
Yue Chinese咖啡
Vietnamesecà phê

Translations are from Google Translations.

These are the twenty most spoken languages according to Berlitz.

Coming Soon: Coffee and Tea Blog

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