Origins of Coffee

Origins of Coffee

The History of Coffee

Ever wondered how coffee was discovered and what is the difference between Robusta and Arabica?

The history of coffee originates from the humble seed of a woody perennial evergreen plant of the Rubiaceae family, genus Coffea, from which it takes its name. It grows in Asia and America at the longitudes between the two Tropics where there are two main types:
Coffea Arabica
Coffea Robusta
Coffee is First Discovered

There are many stories about how coffee was discovered. The most prevalent being: a goat herder noticed its energising effects when his flock nibbled on the bright red berries of a certain bush and they became 'jumping goats', full of energy.

He chewed on the fruit himself experiencing a boost of energy, prompting him to bring the berries to an Islamic holy man in a nearby monastery. But the holy man disapproved of their use and threw them into a fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed. The roasted beans were raked from the embers, ground up, and dissolved in hot water, yielding the world's first ever cup of coffee!

1400s

Arab medical records dating to the 1400s show that coffee grains began to be used for therapeutic and medicinal purposes around that time.

The most common and least bitter representing about 75% of world production (Asia, Africa, Brazil,Colombia, Equador and Perù).

Makes up the other 25% and is more bitter and full-bodied. Grown in Brazil, Indonesia and Africa; it’s more resistant than the Arabica.

1000 AD

It wasn't until the year 1000 AD that people began to regularly boil them in order to make an aromatic drink. Seeing as the Koran strictly forbids the faithful from drinking alcohol, the Arabs began to drink coffee in ever increasing quantities, even in the face of attempts to forbid the dark drink which, in the beginning, was considered on par with alcohol as an instrument of perdition and sin.

16th Century

In the second half of the 16th century the first cafés, reserved for important persons, opened in Constantinople and it did not take long before these exclusive ‘clubs’ became the preferred meeting places for diplomats, artists, authors and intellectuals.

Coffee Around the World

There are a variety of unique flavours and defined styles of coffee throughout the world.
Select an area of the map to discover all about the coffee produced in each region.

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