We all have our favorite ways to drink coffee: black, iced, or full of syrups and sweeteners. The most important thing is the coffee that goes into making our favorite drinks.
While most of us just pick the first bag of coffee we find, our editors have recently been experimenting with different coffees from all over the world to make our favorite cup of joe. Those of us who love trying out new and exciting coffees may've heard of Atlas Coffee Club. This subscription-based service sends you coffee from different parts of the world, with a focus on hard-to-find coffee countries like Tanzania, Papua New Guinea, El Salvador, India, and Ecuador.
After you sign up you can select the number of bags you would like to receive, how often you would like to receive your bags (every 2 or 4 weeks), the level of roast you prefer - light-medium, medium-dark, or all roast types - and ground or whole bean. Each bag is roasted to order, so it is at its peak of freshness (aka peak flavor) by the time it reaches your door.
While you wait for your next batch of delicious Atlas Coffee Club coffee to arrive, read a few weird facts we have uncovered about coffee:
1. The drink dates back to 800 A.D. - Legend has it that 9th-century goat herders noticed the effect caffeine had on their goats, who appeared to "dance" after eating the fruit of the coffee plant.
2. Finland is home to the biggest coffee lovers. - The average adult in Finland goes through 27.5 pounds of coffee each year, according to the International Coffee Organization.
3. The largest cup of coffee ever filled a 9-foot tall cup. - The 3,487-gallon serving earned a Guiness World Record in 2012.
4. The Boston Tea Party helped popularize coffee in America. - In the lead up to the Revolutionary War, it became patriotic to sip java in lieu of tea, PBS reveals. The Civil War also made the drink more pervasive because it helped energize tired troops.
5. Decaf does not mean caffeine-free - an eight-ounce brewed cup of decaf coffee actually contains 2 to 12 milligrams of caffeine.
6. The world's most expensive coffee exists. - And it can cost more than $600 a pound.
7. Espresso means "pressed out" in Italian. - This refers to the way espresso is made — forcing boiling water through pressed coffee grounds.
Each Atlas Coffee Club batch is unique thanks to the countries, climate, soil and more. Atlas Coffee Club also shares tasting notes with each shipment - from citrus and baker's chocolate in the Kenyan batch to marzipan and milk chocolate hints in the Indian coffee.
Their coffee costs $28 for a double bag which offers you around 60 cups, or $14 for a single bag which offers you around 30 cups.
Whether you are looking just to try different coffee flavors or love exploring the world through coffee, you should try Atlas Coffee Club!