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The History Of Coffee In 6.5 Minutes

Since the Boston Tea Party, Americans have been crazy for coffee, choosing it as their caffeine fix. But obviously that’s not the origin of java. Naturally, the history of coffee goes back much earlier.

A video that goes back to the first mug of coffee prepared and sipped, and afterwards it traces the expansion of coffee around the globe. All of us know the Ethiopian legend which claims the goat herdsman Kaldi uncovered the power of the coffee beans. But what happened afterwards?

So get out your Chemex, grind some beans, boil some water, and sit down to watch this history of coffee with a cup of your own.

Full story - the history of coffee

According to the tale, the energizing effects of the coffee bean were first found by a goat herdsman called Kaldi, who lived on the Ethiopian plateau way back during the 9th century.

Kaldi discovered that after some of his heard had foraged on the bright red cherry of the coffee plant they seemed to possess limitless energy, definitely more than the remainder of his animals. As the story goes, this left them too energized to fall asleep at night, as their packages of power had them bounding everywhere.

A brief history

After Kaldi observed how " playful" his goats became after eating the coffee berries, he went to the regional monastery to let the monks know. A monk created a mixture from the berries and was able to keep up much later praying.

News of this new mixture spread into Egypt and right into the Arabian peninsula, where coffee traveled east and west, ultimately getting in southeast Asia and the Americas. And it's been popular ever since.

But if we are to follow facts only, and not tales, the oldest substantiated evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree is from the early 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen, spreading out quickly to Mecca and Medina. By the 16th century, it had actually reached the remainder of the Middle East, South India (Karnataka), Persia, Turkey, the Horn of Africa, and north Africa. Coffee after that infected the Balkans, Italy, and to the remainder of Europe, as well as Southeast Asia and despite the restrictions enforced throughout the 15th century by spiritual leaders in Mecca and Cairo, and later by the Catholic Church.


It turns out the term "coffee" originate from Arabic. The word went into the English language in 1582 via the Dutch koffie, borrowed from the Ottoman Turkish kahve, consequently borrowed from the Arabic qahwah.

There is an even more intriguing hypothesis of the origin of the word, which you can check out on Wikipedia here.

Modern Coffee History

The modern-day times race for comfort and performance understood that people are "wasting" too much time preparing coffee. This is how instant coffee was created. David Strang, a New Zealander invented it in 1889. Freeze-dried coffee was created in 1938.

Decaffeinated coffee was developed by Ludwig Roselius in 1903, filling a need for individuals who are hypersensitive to high levels of caffeine.

The coffee filter, the foundation of one of the most preferred coffee developing method, the drip coffee, was created by Melitta Bentz in 1908.

Achille Gaggia invented the modern espresso equipment in 1946. The very first pump-driven espresso device was made in 1960.

Today coffee is still among the world's most in demand beverages. Brazil is still the globe's largest producer of coffee.