Many of us know where to buy a great cup of coffee, but when it comes to coffee origins we might not know much. So here is a brief explanation of when coffee was introduced and people’s acceptance. The coffee tree originates from Egypt, from Abyssinia and particular from Kaffa, place where the name was probably taken. It is easy to misunderstand the real origins of coffee because old sayings about coffee coming from Arabia. But, it is important to know how it was introduced to all countries and how prominent it became.
It is important to know that coffee trees originated in Egypt, from Abyssinia and particular from Kaffa, place where the name was probably taken. It is easy to misunderstand the real origins of coffee because of old sayings about coffee coming from Arabia. But it is important to know how it was introduced to all countries and how prominent it became.
Coffee origins in the Middle East and Europe
For a long time, Arabs prohibited the export of coffee because it was a lucrative business. Since the country had a pilgrimage every year to Mecca, a Hindu monk named Baba Budán stole some coffee plants and took them to his home country. It is said that this is how coffee was first introduced to India (Mysore), a current high coffee production area. Moreover, since 1530 the intake of coffee spread to the entire Middle East. In Turkey, a big establishment is well known for gathering people discussing important matters while drinking coffee, which was the biggest trend.
In 1560 coffee was extended to Constantinople and then to Europe. France was the first European country that imported it. Due to its high cost, only the high class was able to drink it. From France, it went to England. And in 1562, was found in London for the first time. Coffee was a great success wherever it was taken, even bars were affected by coffee because people preferred to drink coffee instead of alcoholic drinks.
The introduction of Coffee in Europe was around 1600. And with the approval of Pope Clement VIII, coffee was introduced faster and accepted in all places. And it was until 1652 that the first coffee shop was open in London and in 1670 in Berlin. These coffee shops were only visited by high-end people who discussed technological and high-end matters, for it was only visited by philosophers and important scholars. “Coffee had taken on a political and social importance far beyond that of just another hot drink” according to The American Phytopathological Society.
Coffee origins in the USA, Central-and-South America
Moreover, in 1689, coffee was introduced to the United States, but it was by the end of the XVIII Century that it was well accepted by Americans. Time in which coffee was first grown in Central and South America. A curious fact to know is that Brazilians brought slaves from Africa and other parts of the world to pick the coffee in their fields.
“Slaves in the coffee harvest, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, c. 1882”
Currently, the biggest producers of coffee in terms of quantity are Brazil, Colombia, Ivory Coast and Kenia. The production in Hawaii, Guatemala, and Nicaragua is small, but they are well known for their quality. Therefore at La Dalia Coffee, we feel proud to be part of this small but outstanding group. As can be seen the history behind coffee is extended and impressive at the same time, and important to know.