A brief history of coffee By Felipe Sanchez Restrepo
Coffee is our life. If you are an adult it is much probably that you drink at least one cup of coffee a day. There is nothing better than a morning energy boost and nothing can provide it better than coffee. Coffee is also a tool for social gathering, it is a costume for many people to find with friends in coffee houses and talk about their lives while they drink a delicious cup of coffee. What are the origins of this so popular drink? In this article I will tell you about the origins and rise of coffee and how it came to be what it is today.
There was a strange phenomenon going on in the Ethiopian highlands, people of the region were astonished as they saw that the goat’s didn´t sleep as they used to and were suddenly acting very weird. Many Ethiopians thought it was a spell that a black magician had put on the animals but it wasn´t. Kaldi, the goatherd realized that the goats were eating berries from a strange plant which made them more spiritual and active. Kaldi took the berries to the abbot of the local monastery, who made them into a drink that is now called coffee. The energetic benefits of the drink would quickly spread across the world. The Arabs were the first ones not only to cultivate but to trade coffee. Coffee was not only drunk at home but also in special places called qahveh khaneh these places quickly became popular throughout the Middle West and they became a place for social activity.
Coffee made its way into Europe in the 17th century. The popularity of the drink became monstrous throughout the region very rapidly. In countries like Germany, Austria and Italy the drink was a total success and people waited in lines to drink it. In other countries like Spain and France the drink took a while to catch up but it finally did. It also had problems with the church that stated that coffee was a drink of the devil. The controversy didn´t last long, as the pope liked the drink and gave it it´s papal improvement. Despite this coffee houses were also a Blast in Europe. They became a place where people gathered for social interaction. By mid-17th century there were over 300 hundred coffee houses in London.
Coffee has traveled along way and has integrated into our society, today coffee is the second most traded good in the world behind oil and as I mentioned before a huge part of our daily lives. I hope you enjoyed this quick overview and continue enjoying your coffee and it´s spectacular history.