The Story behind Your Caffeine Rush

History of Coffee, coffee slavery history

Coffee, one of the world's most famous beverages, has evolved into a global phenomenon. Be it the usual morning dose or the in-between fillers during the day, we all have our regular and particular caffeine intake. During this journey of making coffee our routine, have we ever wondered about the history of Coffee- who discovered Coffee and the history of coffee slavery? Here are some coffee history facts to boost your love for this beverage.

History of Coffee

This popular bean was first found in Ethiopia, after which it travelled all the way to Africa, and much like our own evolution, it made it to other parts of the world from there. There is, however, a fascinating story attached to this famous beverage. Grab a cup of your favourite coffee and read on!

Who first invented Coffee?

Kaldi and his dancing goats

The story behind who discovered coffee leads back to Kaldi, an Ethiopian shepherd who found his goats acting strangely one day. They danced around after feeding on some red berries. He handed the berries to a monk who found it kept him awake through the night. Another myth has it that the monk threw it in a fire and the arousing aroma of the burning berries led to the discovery of Coffee.

Facts, not fiction

Though the above story may or may not have been confirmed, what we know for sure is that the history of Coffee began in Ethiopia, after which the beans travelled to Yemen. The port it arrived at was called Mocha, and since then, Mocha has been a term often associated with Coffee. It then travelled east and west to many Asian countries, including India, Indonesia, Italy, and into the rest of Europe, while Arabia was the gatekeeper of Coffee.

Baptizing and stealing this beverage

Coffee in Venice was baptized first, as it was considered a Satanic beverage, and it was later approved after converting it Christian. Brazil, currently the largest producer of Coffee got its hand on these beans by stealing them from the French.

History of Coffee in America leads to the American Revolution when tea was abandoned as an unpatriotic beverage and Coffee was acknowledged. This magic bean is now one of the second largest consumed products globally, closely trailing behind petroleum.

What was Coffee initially used for?

Coffee being a traveller of various countries has had many uses so far.

  • The coffee bean is found at the centre of the red coffee fruit. Early on, the fruit was mixed with animal fat to create a protein-rich snack bar.

  • At one point, the fermented pulp was used to make a wine-like concoction; incidentally, a similar beverage was made from the cacao fruit before the advent of chocolate.

  • Another drink that appeared around 1000 A.D. was made from the whole coffee fruit, including the beans and the hull.

  • In the 13th century, people began to roast coffee beans, the first step in making Coffee as we know it today.

  • In the Middle East, Coffee was originally used to aid concentration.

  • The history of Coffee has served immense varieties to this popular beverage that is now estimated to be consumed about 2.25 billion cups each day.

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Coffee slavery history

Coffee is the second most traded product all over the globe. But the history of Coffee has a dark past etched in its beany roots. As with most traded goods of the ancient centuries, Coffee too was dependent on the slave trade.

It was a significant part of the Triangular trade that involved the European powers establishing colonies in tropical areas for coffee plantations, mostly the Caribbean, Asia, and Central/South America. They imported slaves from Africa to