For many of us, coffee has been a huge part of our lives. In fact, most of us can not even get up in the morning without it. From waking us up in the morning to allowing us to catch up with old friends, coffee has done it all. Coffee has been there for a lot of us through the worst and best of times. That is all what it has done for us, but what about coffee itself? Where did it come from? How did this beautiful beverage come to be?
Although the first discovery of coffee is difficult to trace, we can safely assume that it has been around for as early as the 11th century, where it was first discovered in Ethiopia. By the 15th century, coffee was being grown throughout Yemeni in the district of Arabia, and come the 16th century, was already well spread throughout the rest of the Arabian Peninsula in Persia, Egypt, Turkey, and Syria. The spread of coffee throughout the Middle East was mostly thanks to the pilgrimage to Mecca which many Muslims would take.
It was later in the 17th century when coffee was introduced to Europe. This dark beverage quickly gained popularity and spread rapidly throughout the continent. It only took a matter of time before coffee became the staple breakfast drink, replacing the previous beverages of choice: beer and wine. What a start to the day, right? Continuing on, by the mid-17th century, there were already over 300 coffee shops in the city of London alone.
By the mid-1600’s coffee had made its way to our present day New York. Although popular in our sister country of Britain, it took a while for its popularity to rise in America, as tea remained the beverage of choice for a long time. However, as time continued on, coffee rose in popularity, in fact, its popularity in America is almost unmatched.
Coffee, although starting small and a bit unpopular, has now become a staple in our everyday lives. So it is only right that we understand and are aware of where this beautiful beverage came from.