According to legend, coffee was first discovered when a goat herder in Ethiopia noticed his goats dancing on their hind legs after eating red berries. He tasted the berries and was full of new found energy. Eventually, the berries were roasted and boiled to make what is now known as coffee.
Coffee's popularity spread from the Middle East to Europe to the New World. High taxes on tea and the Boston Tea Party quickly made coffee the most popular beverage in the United States. Today, Americans consume nearly one-fourth of the world's coffee.
Coffee is the fruit of an evergreen shrub native to northern Africa. Each plant yields only enough coffee for one to two pounds of roasted coffee per year. It takes more than three million pounds of coffee beans to produce a year's worth of Waffle House® Classic Blend Coffee.
There are basically two types of coffee plants: robusta and arabica. The robusta is the sturdier of the two plants and contains twice the caffeine content of arabica. It has a heavier body and is primarily used for the production of commercial brands and instant coffee. The arabica tree produces a finer coffee bean. The arabica is very delicate with a strong, sweet aroma.
Royal Cup, Waffle House® restaurants' sole coffee vendor since 1972, uses only the highest-grade arabica beans. The beans are roasted perfectly to create the perfect cup of Waffle House Classic Blend coffee every time.