The History of Coffee

  • 17th October 2014
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Coffee is one of the most popular hot drinks in the world and part of our daily life around the world. But do you ever wonder where coffee comes from? See below our complete guide to the history of coffee:

9th century: It’s thought that coffee dates as far back as then, and it was all down to a single goat herder in East Africa. Ethiopian goat herder Kaldi drank a concoction made from the beans after seeing his energetic goats eat them
14th century: Cultivation begins. Coffee wasn’t an instant hit though, and wasn’t cultivated as a crop until then. The earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen, who drank coffee to enable them to meditate for longer
1453: Ottoman Turks brought coffee to Constantinople, and history’s first coffee shop, named Kiva Han, was opened
16th century: Coffee reached the rest of the Middle East, Persia, Turkey and northern Africa. Coffee then spread to the Balkans, Italy and to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and then to America
1652: England opened its first coffee house. Many followed, and soon their popularity rose to the point they were dubbed “penny universities”--a penny being the price of a coffee, and the discussion among patrons rivalling those among enrolled university students
1773: The Boston Tea Party makes drinking coffee a patriotic duty in America
1907: Brazil accounts for 97% of the world's harvest
1946: In Italy, the espresso machine was perfected by Achilles Gaggia. The deep brown colour of the robes of Capuchin-order monks, gave this refined version of the brew its name, cappuccino

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