All Things Coffee.
Coffee. That simple word can make me instantly feel relaxed, even though that is the exact opposite of what coffee may do to one's body. Through this blog, I want to explore the origins of coffee, what makes a great cup of joe and the process of fruit to bean.
According to The History of Coffee's website, the origin of coffee began like this:
Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread.
As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.
The Arabian peninsula embraced the growing of coffee beans and by the 16th century coffee was not only enjoyed in people's homes, but the first coffee houses were established as well. Coffee migrated over to Europe in the 17th century, and after some controversy, there were over 300 coffee houses in London alone, and many businesses grew out of these specialized coffee houses. Lloyd's of London, for example, came into existence at the Edward Lloyd's Coffee House.
Coffee came across the pond to the young United States as the European nations began to settle here. By the end of the 18th century, coffee had become one of the world's most profitable export crops. After crude oil, coffee is the most sought commodity in the world.
While this is a scaled down overview of the origins of coffee, there are many more historical facts about coffee that is interesting reading. I will share those stories here. So sit back, grab a cup of your favorite joe, and enjoy the journey of coffee!