How many people down their cup of black gold each day as soon as its cooled down enough to drink? Do you savor the moment that you taste your coffee, or simply drain the cup as quickly as possible?
Think about what type of bean was used for your brew, or where it came from. What about the various people involved in ensuring that you get your morning fix. What stories those people could tell!
Do you enjoy your favorite espresso or simply drink to get a caffeine hit? Do the different blends have any significance or do you enjoy the added milk?
Coffee History Timeline
People have adopted the Italian espresso culture over the past 60 odd years. Turning drinking, roasting and pouring into an art to be enjoyed and savored. Similar to fine wine and cigars. Add some cream and it is heaven!
A visit to a cafe near you these days is all about the ambiance, the roasting, the story behind the bean and they probably sell some drinks as well.
People are realizing that coffee is more than just a caffeine fix and there is a real emotional connection to the brew. We are starting to appreciate the skills of those who make good coffee, the subtle blends, and flavors that can be experienced when prepared by an expert. Shops are trying to differentiate their offering by roast style, brewing methods and the origins of the beans. This gives consumers more choices than ever before as each cup of coffee has a story behind it.
Each cup is made available by the efforts of people all over the world, facing daily challenges from their environments and the fragility of the beans and plants and their reliance on the right weather and conditions. We have more choice than ever before, from organics to specialty roasts and blends and the process of delivering the final roasted bean is an interesting one.
The Coffee History Timeline and its origins can be traced back to Ethiopia, just like the human race! It arrived in the Middle East between the 9th and 10th centuries and was prevalent and some would say more than a coincidence that coffee has introduced new ways of thinking.
In terms of age, coffee has only been consumed in Europe in the last 400 years.
2000 Years ago a nomadic tribe used the leaves and fruit into a type of cake that was sucked and chewed on.
The story goes that a young Ethiopian goat herder first discovered coffee. He was tending his herd of goats one day when he noticed that the goats displayed a more energy and friskiness after chewing on the leaves and cherries of a particular tree.
Intrigued, he tried the fruit himself and almost immediately felt energized and alert! This was caffeine, the most widely used drug in the world today. There are other Arabian stories about how other people discovered coffee and it gave them the energy to survive, so it was seen as a blessed drink.
The Arab word for coffee is ‘qwaha’ which means wine. Since Muslims are forbidden to drink alcohol, coffee was probably the closest they could get to a “good time”