Wednesday is National Coffee Day, and, no, I’m not getting you anything. But Barnie’s Coffee & Tea Company has a gift: free coffee all day.
The Orlando-based company will commemorate the day with a celebration at city hall at which Mayor Buddy Dyer will make a special proclamation. The civic klatch will kick off at 10 a.m. (by 10 a.m. I’m usually on my second pot). Free coffee will flow there, but besides city hall, which doesn’t usually have a Barnie’s coffee shop, free joe will also be available at the following Barnie’s: Park Avenue, Waterford Lakes, Baldwin Park, Altamonte Mall, Avalon Park, Phillips Crossing and Clermont Landings locations, as well as the Lakeshore Mall in Sebring and Park Lane Apartments in Gainesville.
In the meantime, here are some fun coffee facts from the Barnie’s bunch:
Coffee Fun Facts
- Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world, trailing only oil (coming soon: coffee wars)
- Coffee is the world’s second most popular drink after water(and, of course, you have to use water to make coffee)
- Americans lead the world in coffee consumption: 400 million cups of coffee per day; 146 billion cups per year (half of them are mine)
- US coffee drinkers consume an average of 3.1 cups per day (pikers)
- Over 80% of Americans over the age of 18 consume coffee: 52% every morning; 30% occasionally
- On average, coffee drinkers wait in line for coffee at local coffeehouses nearly 45 hours each year
- Coffee is grown in over 53 countries worldwide, all of them located near the equator between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn
- Brazil is the largest coffee-producing region, totaling about 30% of total world output; Colombia ranks second
- No coffee is grown in the United States or its territories except in Hawaii and Puerto Rico (so in case you missed that, there are no states or territories in the U.S. that grow coffee, as long as you don't count Hawaii or Puerto Rico)
- Until the 1870's, most coffee was roasted at home in a frying pan over a charcoal fire