11 Things You Didn't Know About Your Cup Of Joe In Honor Of National Coffee Break Day

Earl Wilson, a once famous journalist and gossip columnist said, "Science may never come up with a better office communication system than the coffee break." In many ways, he was right.

11 Things You Didn't Know About Your Cup of Joe in Honor of National Coffee Break Day

The coffee klatch — from the German Kaffeeklatsch, literally "coffee gossip" — still exists, but it has gone mobile and is liberally interpreted as more people work from home, grab a quick cup from a kiosk or food truck, or do their work on a laptop in the thousands of coffee shops that dot our urban landscape.

We consume gallons of this dark brown elixir, but most of us don't really know much about where it comes from or how it's made. Today is National Coffee Break Day, and it is the perfect day to celebrate coffee and its back story. So grab a cup and read on.

We've compiled a list of things you might not know about this mighty energy-boosting bean and the beverage it yields.