Are you a chronic coffee drinker? Many of us are...we LOVE the taste of a full, rich coffee. And, as coffee drinkers, we're bombarded with those who say it's bad for us...but it all depends on your intake, y'know - how much you consume.

So, good or bad, pro or con, here are 12 interesting facts about coffee you may not know:

1) Coffee has good oils and bad oils - good oils are good for your health while the bad oils give you ulcers and stomach problems. Avoid & minimize the bad oils by using paper filters.

2) Coffee begins as a yellow berry, changes to red and then picked. The red berry is shelled revealing a green coffee bean. This bean is sun-dried for 3-5 days before packed and sold.

3) In 1675 Charles II, King of England issued a proclamation banning Coffee Houses. This wacko believed people plotted to kill him while meeting in Coffee Houses.

4) Espresso has one third the caffeine content of a regular cup of coffee.

5) Instant coffee was invented in 1901 by Satori Kato. Later in 1906 chemist George Constant Washington claimed HE invented instant coffee.

6) In 1908, the first coffee filter was invented by Melitta Bentz, a housewife from Germany.

7) One tree-full of coffee beans is equivalent to one pound of roasted coffee.

8) In the 1600's, Pope Clement VIII stated coffee was the "Devils Tool".....that is, until he himself had a cup and pronounced coffee legal again.

9) A six ounce cup of coffee contains 150 milligrams of caffeine, considered a "therapeutic dose" by doctors.

10) Flavored beans do not exist; coffee is flavored after roasting with artificial oils.

11) A coffee tree reaches full maturity in five years and lives up to 100 years.

12) Plain black coffee has no calories.