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1. Most of the coffee drunk across the world is made from Arabica beans?

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Around 60-70% of all coffee beans sold across the world are Arabica. The cheaper, lower quality Robusta species of coffee beans are next, making up around 30% of world coffee sales. There are other species of coffee bean, but none that are used much commercially.

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2. Arabica coffee beans grow in only five countries?

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Arabica coffee plants are actually only found in two countries - Ethiopia and South Sudan. Almost all Arabica coffee drunk across the world was grown in these two nations.  Robusta coffee plants can grow in a wider range of areas, with most Robusta coffee coming from Vietnam.

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3. Iced coffee usually has lots of sugar in it?

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Because hot things taste sweeter to us than cold things, icing a coffee tends to bring out the bitter flavours in it and suppress its natural sweetness compared to drinking it hot. To make up for this, baristas often add sugar, syrups or other sweeteners to an iced coffee to make it taste better.

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4. Arabica beans make the best tasting coffee?

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The highland coffee of Sierra Leone, otherwise known as coffea stenophylla, is said to surpass Arabica beans in flavour. Unlike Arabica plants it is extremely rare and difficult to grow, which is why it’s not used to produce coffee commercially.

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5. Coffee plants are in danger of going extinct?

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Largely thanks to climate change, 60% of all wild coffee species are under threat of extinction. This includes Arabica coffee, which is currently classified as an endangered species.

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