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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Coffee

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Ever looked at a coffee van for sale and though ‘yeah, I could do that’? You’re not alone. Plenty of people have looked at a coffee van for sale and then taken the next step and started out their own business, or joined a coffee franchise.

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Whether or not you’ve considered coffee as a business rather than just a drink, there’s probably at least a few things you don’t know about the popular beverage. After all, this is more than just a bean (it’s actually a seed, but there’s more to it than that!)

While coffee is delicious, it’s actually also been used as a fuel. While the Car-puccino wasn’t exactly what we’d called energy efficient, it did manage to make the 210 mile trip from Manchester to London in 2010 which we think is more than a touch impressive. Nip over to the Daily Mail website to read all about it. More recently a coffee powered car managed 65.5 miles per hour – the land speed record for a coffee powered vehicle.

How many drinks are people this passionate about? A woman from Wiltshire loved coffee so much that when she passed away her husband arranged a coffin adorn with her favourite order (‘one shot, extra hot skinny latte’). To be honest we haven’t done the research, but we’re almost completely sure no one’s ever had a funeral which has revolved around their fondness for orange squash.

There are more than 7 billion people in the world. And every day around 2.25 billion cups of coffee are drunk. Which means around one third of the world’s population are drinking a cup of coffee every day. Which is pretty crazy when you think about it. The only other commodity which is traded anywhere near that much is oil. Madness.

Who would you think is the largest coffee drinking nation in the world? If we’d had to guess (without knowing, which we do), we probably would have guessed the USA, the UK, or world renowned coffee loving Italy. As it happens though, it’s actually the Dutch. On average, people in the Netherlands drink 2.4 cups of coffee per day. To put that in perspective, no other nation drinks more than 2 cups on average.

While we would never, ever recommend that you buy instant coffee, you probably thought that it was a relatively recent invention didn’t you? Go on now, be honest. Actually, the very first instant coffee that we know about was developed in England nearly 250 years ago – way back in 1771. It wasn’t terribly successful, and it wasn’t long lasting either, but still – 1771 coffee convenience. It was much later that instant became anywhere near palatable, with Nestlé’s take on the product entering the market in 1938. Instant’s slice of the market is only 13%, although we like to think it will be continue to shrink as much better coffee options on the market (coffee vans for sale, anyone?!)

A coffee van for sale could be your ticket into one of the biggest industries in the world. It’s growing every year, and it still continues to grow. If you’re interested, we’d love to hear from you.

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