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Coffee ranks just behind petroleum as the world’s second-most traded legal commodity, worth double the value of tea and cocoa combined

35 percent of coffee drinkers drink it black; 62 percent add a sweetener and/or creamer

52 percent of the adult population of the United States over 18 years of age drinks coffee every day

The name cappuccino comes from Italy, where coffee mixed with steamed milk picked up the name because its colour resembled the colour of a Capuchin monk's pointed hood

It is estimated that coffee provides a livelihood for some 25 million coffee farming families around the world

A mature coffee tree will produce 1 to 1.5 pounds of coffee per growing season. It takes 2,000 hand-picked Arabica coffee cherries to make a roasted pound of coffee, or approximately 4,000 hand picked coffee beans

There are more than 78,000 coffee growers in Costa Rica

The first recorded export of Costa Rican coffee was in 1820: 100 pounds were sent to the neighbouring country of Panama

Costa Rica exports about 90% of the coffee it produces

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