4. Coffee plants require insane amounts of water
People always talk about how water-wasteful beef production is, but according to FoodBev.com, that pound of beef requires 1,800gal of water, while a pound of coffee requires 2,500.
5. Coffee beans can vary in color
They start green, and as they ripen, turn either yellow, orange, or red depending on the varietal.
6. There are thousands of heirloom varietals in Ethiopia alone
Most of what we drink is from a handful of different varietals, but the forests of Ethiopia hold a cache of thousands of different types of coffee that have yet to be cultivated.
7. A coffee plant can live up to 200 years
When they're sprouting, the top of the plant looks like an adorable little seed, which eventually grows into a bushy plant that can live for two centuries.