The History of Coffee


Coffee is defined as the best hot beverage to start off your morning the right way. Coffee was first planted centuries ago in the forest of Ethiopian planteau. Many say that coffee was first discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi. He discover the tree while roaming through the forest and fell in love with the taste and smell of the beans.

Kaldi first thought that the tree had berries until he noticed that each time his goats would eat from the tree, they would be full of energy and would not sleep at night. From that moment he took a few beans to a local monastery and they created a drink with the beans and noticed they felt the same effects as the goats. The abbot of the local monastery shared his discovery with the other members of the monastery and they spread the word about the goodness that came from the beans.

The people in the east were the first to know about this wonderful drink. Once word hot around Arabian Peninsula, this became a wonderful journey for the  rest of the world. The coffee trade began in the 15th century. Coffee was being ground in the district of Arabia, Yemeni. In the 16th century, countries like Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey were added to the trade list.

People loved serving coffee so much that they start serving it in restaurants. Coffee houses in that part of the world were called qahveh khaneh. Coffee houses became very popular for social events and family gatherings.

Coffee travelled from the east and moved to the bigger countries of Europe. Travelers that came from the east spoke about coffee all the time. In the 17th century, coffee had travelled to Europe in the blink of an eye. Many of the consumers were afraid when it first hit the market and some simply wanted to feel that boost of energy. Coffee had a name for those that weren’t so happy about the new crave. “Bitter invention of Satan.” This name was taken away when Pope Clement VIII tasted the beverage and declared it wonderful. With all of the controversy going on during the time between the good and bad about coffee. This all didn’t stand in the way of coffee house making money. In places like England, Australia, France, Germany and Holland, a cup of coffee could be purchased for only a penny. 

In the mid 1600’s coffee travelled even further when the people of New Amsterdam currently known as Nee York got a taste of its goodness. Coffee house grew out of the ground and spread rapidly once people started craving more. Coffee had given the favorite beverage Tea, a run for its money for a while. Once the law passed for a tax  being placed on tea, the consumers that weren’t on the side of coffee had been given another chance to try this wonderful beverage again. The Boston Tea party changed its love for tea with the great smell of coffee.