11 Facts About How Different The World Would Be Without Coffee
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Your day may not have been possible without your morning (and mid-morning and early afternoon) cup of coffee and neither were these important historical events and movements.
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1. An Alternative To Beer In The U.K.
Beer was the drink (and soup) of choice in the U.K. until coffee came around in the 17th century. Then it became a healthier alternative that still gave people a buzz.
2. The Crash Of Brazil's Financial Market
The coffee market, specifically, is what crashed in Brazil two days prior to Black Tuesday( The Wall Street Crash of 1929). Coffee hit record lows and its involvement with other markets had a large ripple effect within Brazil's economy.
3. Famed Art Work
Coffee was a staple in the routines of many artists including Maya Angelou, Johann Sebastian Bach and Beethoven. Coffee helped fuel them through many creative sessions.
4. Surviving The Great San Francisco Earthquake
The five-story Folger's factory was the only coffee establishment to survive the intense quake in 1906. Fires also broke out after the earthquake and an estimated 3,000 lives were lost.
5. The Beat Generation
Espresso fueled the work of your favorite 50s and 60s bohemian poets.
6. Lloyd Of London's Specialty Insurance Market
Lloyd's Specialty Insurance Market is known for insuring unusual things (like a food critic's taste buds). The idea for Lloyd's started in a coffee shop and it's now one of the biggest insurance marketers in the world.
7. The French And American Revolutions
John Adams and Paul Revere were known for spending time at Green Dragon Coffeehouse in Boston. It was often called a "headquarters" for the revolution. Cafe Procope, in Paris was also called a headquarters for the French Revolution.
8. Reality Competition Shows
The first live competition show was actually a radio show hoping to find undiscovered talent. The show was sponsored by Chase and Sanborn coffee.
9. Meet The Press
63 years ago, coffee-giant Maxwell House sponsored the news program, Meet the Press. This allowed a variety of world leaders to visit the program, making viewers much more globally conscious.
10. The Industrial Revolution
The steamship, which was iconic during The Industrial Revolution, actually ran on coffee.
11. Northern Victory In The Civil War
Soldiers used coffee as an energy boost before going into battle. It was also heavily taxed during this time, which led to a lot of people not having access to it.
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