de Jong DUKE - Miscellaneous


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  • caffeine is the most widely used stimulant in the world.
  • the coffee consumption world wide is over 7,6 BILLION kilograms per year.
  • the coffee consumption per capita in Holland is 10,20 kgs per year and 4,2 in the United States.
  • Finland, Norway and Iceland rank as the highest coffee drinking nations world wide. The Italians traditionally seen as coffee-experts, rank 15th with 5.9 kgs.
  • that after brewing, espresso-coffee contains 2.5% fat and filter-coffee contains 0.6% fat.
  • It takes 42 coffee beans to make an espresso.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach composed his "Kaffee-Kantate" or Coffee Cantata in 1732. Partly an ode to coffee and partly a stab at the movement in Germany to prevent women from drinking coffee (it was thought to make them sterile), the cantata includes the aria "Ah! How sweet coffee tastes! Lovelier than a thousand kisses, sweeter far than muscatel wine! I must have coffee...."
  • Holland is second only to Japan in number of vending machines per capita.
  • The faster the brewing method, the finer you should grind your coffee beans.


  • It were the Dutch who brought the coffee plant from Arabia to the rest of the world.
  • Holland has over 17 million inhabitants and is 41.530 km² of which 7.200 km² is water. The highest point is Vaalsberg at 322,5 m above sea-level. The lowest point is 6,74 m below sea-level.
  • that 35% of Holland is below sea-level and when you land at Schiphol you are 4 meters below sea-level. [But don't worry: the Dutch are also good at building dikes.]
  • the tulip does not originally comes from the Netherlands but from Turkey. It was imported into Holland in the 17th century by Carolus Clusius. They were so terribly expensive that only the rich could afford to buy them.
  • that Keukenhof is among the top most-photographed places in the world?
  • the famous Wooden Shoes are still worn by farmers because they are easy to put on and take off, easy to clean, environment friendly and not very expensive.