Brief History of Coffee: Everything you Need to Know!
When it comes to Coffee, it is the favorite beverage of millions of people all around the globe. According to a rough estimate, the history of coffee shows almost 400 million cups of coffee are consumed by Americans every day. When it helps them to stay energized, they feel to be in a better position to tackle the uncertainties throughout the day.
But have you ever wondered about the first person who invented coffee? And how did this beautiful beverage made its way from the Jungles of Africa to Europe and other parts of the world? If you’re looking to find the answer to these questions, you’ve just landed at the right place.
After thorough research, we’ve compiled this guide incorporating a brief history of coffee. If you’re a real coffee aficionado, you would love to know about the origin of your favorite drink.
Origin of Coffee
In the 9th century, an Ethiopian Goat herder named as Keldi observed some suspicious behavior amongst his goats. He felt that after eating fruits from a certain plant, the goats became full of energy. Upon trying those red colored berries, Keldi observed the similar reaction on himself.
Surprised, the goat herder reported this incident to a nearby monastery. A few monks then made a drink out of that plant which helped them to stay alerted for the entire length of the night. This was how coffee plant came into the limelight and it was caffeine’s effect which rejuvenated those people. Word spread out and more and more people became aware of the stimulating effects of this beverage.
After its discovery in Ethiopia, Coffee found huge recognition in the Arabian Peninsula. Many people believe that it was the Arab traders which, on returning from Ethiopia, brought coffee with them. They were the very first people to cultivate coffee on the Arabian soil. Afterward, this drink became increasingly famous in the entire region for its energizing effects on the human behavior. However, Coffee is known as Qahwa in Arabic which means a drink which averts sleep.
Starting from Yemen, Coffee found its way to other nations such as Persia (Modern day Iran), Egypt, Turkey, and Syria. In addition to its usage in the home, coffee was thoroughly enjoyed in almost all kinds of social gatherings. People loved to have this drink in the coffee houses which eventually became an important place in the Muslim Society.
Coffee in Europe
When it was the Arabic traders which made Coffee famous in the Arabian Peninsula, it was none other than the European travelers which – upon returning from the Near East – brought fond memories of this particular beverage. During their travels to Asia, they observed how a black beverage would have an energizing effect on the inhabitant’s performance.
Upon its arrival in the European community, many people became instant admirers of this drink. But on the other side, there was a proportion of pubic which refused to drink this beverage. They termed it as the Satan’s invention and in fact, coffee was condemned upon its arrival in Venice. It was only after the Pope’s approval when this drink started to gain a unanimous praise amongst the general public. Remember, it was the start of the 16th century when coffee started to make its way through the European Society. Afterward, it was only a matter of time before coffee became highly popular amongst the entire region.
During the 17th as well as the 18th century, English people used coffeehouses as an ideal place to sit and talk about different matters. They would have a cup of coffee for as low as just 1 Penny before indulging in a valuable conversation involving, trade, commerce, and other such topics.
At that time, people had to observe specific rules in the coffee houses. When there was no alcohol, one was able to share his thoughts in a much better manner as compared to that in an alehouse. At that time, there were more than 300 coffee houses in London, alone as coffee continued to replace beer and wine as the public’s favorite drink for breakfast. This was due to the reason that when both the alcoholic drinks seemed to have a negative effect at the start of the day, there was no such case with coffee.
Plantations outside Arabia
As the love of coffee continued to rise, several attempts were being made to cultivate a coffee plant outside of its place of origin. Even though the Dutch failed in the first attempt to cultivate coffee in India. They finally managed to grow it in Indonesia. From there onwards, Coffee seeds found their way, first to France and then to the rest of the world.
Nowadays, coffee is one of the most wanted product in the world. Economies generate billions of dollars from its trade. And when it comes to People, they’re simply fond of this particular beverage.