Would history of coffee affect your cuppa?
Personally, I have no intention of creating a page on the history of coffee, as you can see, this is a coffee maker site -so why talk about some ancient past? Well, marketers call it positioning, I see it as greater awareness. This awareness would lead one to better appreciate coffee.
I guess, it would serve you well to be more knowledgeable about a beverage that you are drinking everyday of your life, don't you think so?
So, how did all this got started? The first recorded known history of coffee was about a goat herder named Kaldi in Ethiopia, upon seeing how his goat looks happier chewing some red berries, took some himself and too felt happier. That was in the year 850.
The very first coffee cultivation was done on Arabian peninsula in 1100 and it is also during this time that the roasted technique was developed. But, it was not about 300 over years later in 1475, did the first coffee shop opened for business in Constantinople.
But, coffee shops was not opened in Europe until 1600, the first being opened in Italy in 1654, and we thought that Europe would be the one having some really heritage coffee shop right?
It might surprise alot of people, but coffee shop business has been around for more than 600 years, we probably can even start a page on history of coffee shops! And once coffee landed in EUrope, it started to be spread to the New world, thanks to folks like Captain John Smith.
From there, coffee starts to grow as a person favorite morning, then afternoon beverage. For this few hundreds of years, coffee lovers drank coffee, then they probably got bored. And in 1905, the world first commercial espresso machine is manufactured in Italy. And around that same time in 1908, Melitta give you the wolrd first drip coffee maker using blotting paper as filter.
Then, Dr Ernest Illy make some refinement to the espresso machine, and invented the world first automatic espresso machine in 1933, a couple of years later in 1938, Nestle invented Nescafe, the world's first instant coffee.
From here, the history of coffee like what they say is "history". More people got to know coffee, loves coffee, coffee chains start to open, more machine suppliers and coffee simply grow and grow.
A survey done in 1995 (and I believe that it still stands) shows that coffee is the world's most popular beverage with more than 400 billion cups consumed each year. And it is the second most important commodity, second only to oil!
Here is a short clip about coffee, which I thought are pretty good, inspirational stuff:
Coffee quotes slideshow
So, what do you think? Does this short write out gives you a different perspective about coffee? I hope it does, well if you are still looking for technical stuff, maybe my brewing the perfect coffee course can help in that? Or, you simply want to have everything brewed for you and maybe even free, then this free coffee might point you in the right direction...