coffee (n) ko-fE; Italian & Turkish; Italian caffé, Turkish kahve, from Arabic qahwa. 1. a beverage made by percolation, infusion, or decoction from the roasted and ground seeds of a coffee plant; 2. Any of several Old World tropical plants (genus Coffea and especially C. arabica and C. canephora) of the madder family that are widely cultivated in warm regions for their seeds from which coffee is prepared.

Coffee is the second largest commodity in dollar volume in international trade. Oil is the first.

Theme your coffee break by serving local snacks, such as New York-style bagels in Manhattan, salsa in the Southwest, pretzels in Pittsburgh, or Malley's chocolates in Cleveland.

Have a heart. Include healthy snacks at coffee breaks, not just doughnuts and danish.

30 minutes is the minimum amount of time to allow for a coffee break.

Caffeine content is directly related to the altitude at which it is grown. The higher the altitude, the lower the caffeine content.

Know your audience: Because coffee cups and glasses are washed in a “common” dishwasher, attendees who keep kosher won't drink coffee or water from hotel dishes. Make sure there is an alternative (disposable or new mugs) for them.

Which has more caffeine, coffee or tea? A single cup of Joe wins hands down, with about 75% more. Believe it or not, dark roast has a slightly lower caffeine content than regular coffee.

It takes a year for a coffee tree to produce one pound of coffee.

Who drinks the most coffee? Americans, French, and Germans combined consume about 65% of the world's coffee.

There are 20 cups of coffee per gallon. One beverage station serves 75 guests.

Remember that mugs hold more than standard coffee cups. If you don't plan ahead, you may be jumping for more java.

Eliminate bottlenecks by placing beverage stations far from the meeting room — and then opening the farthest first.

SOURCES: Jim Fausel, CMP, CMM; Cris Canning, CMP; PCMA.org, Conferon, Merriam-Webster, cafebritt.com and koffeekorner.com

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