Wow, what a story! Because it’s such a robust (see what we did there?) subject, we’re going to try and keep it brief.
The Discovery of Coffee & Energetic Goats
While still not 100% confirmed, the legend goes that a farmer discovered coffee in the 11th century in Ethiopia after he noticed his goats eating berries and subsequently becoming so energetic that he couldn’t get them to sleep at night. The farmer went to his local monastery with the berries where they turned them into a drink and found that the monks were able to stay awake during the long evening prayers.
Word quickly spread across the Arabian Peninsula and so did the famous berries, which had a white blossom and a red, cherry-like fruit. In the mid-14th century, coffee had reached Yemen, where the soil and climate conditions created a perfect environment in which to cultivate the plant.
Coffee’s Journey All Over the World
By 1555, coffee had been seen in Turkey, making its way to Istanbul during the reign of the Ottoman Governor of Yemen. This is where the coffee beans first began to be roasted, ground and then brewed with hot water. This newfound brewing method increased the popularity of the drink even more and led to the inclusion of coffee in high society before reaching grand mansions and then the homes of the general public.
Locals to Istanbul would even purchase green coffee beans and roast them on their own. Then, in 1615, Venetian merchants returning home from Istanbul introduced coffee to Europe. The first coffeehouse opened in Italy in 1645 and the drink, as well as the concept of a place in which to drink it, quickly spread across all of the country and throughout Europe.
Even though coffee was initially met with suspicion and reserve, it eventually became widely received as an unmatchable drink that held benefits not seen in other beverages. The local clergy in Venice condemned the drink when it first arrived to the Italian port in 1615, but Pope Clement VIII eventually tasted the beverage for himself and loved it so much that he gave it an approval.
As European settlers began to colonize the Americas, coffee arrived to North America in 1668, with reports of it arriving to South America as early as the 1500s. The first coffeehouse in New York opened in 1696 and was called "The King's Arms.” We imagine it was a far cry from the Starbucks coffee houses North Americans have become used to now.
Where Does Modern-Day Coffee Come From?
Today, coffee is grown in the tropics in a region referred to as the Bean Belt. The countries in the Bean Belt where coffee is grown offer idea climate and soil conditions as well as particular altitudes that yield the best flavor in the coffee beans. In fact, all of the countries share a similar trait: they are located within 1,000 miles of the equator in tropical zones between the Tropic of Cancer and Tropic of Capricorn.
From Indonesia and Vietnam to Brazil and Colombia, these countries have taken advantage of the natural earth they have in order to become the world’s leading coffee producers. This brings us to Roasted Tales coffee, which is grown and exported from small farms offering single-origin beans all over Colombia, but namely the Coffee Triangle, which makes up modern-day Armenia, Manizales and Pereira, which is where our headquarters is located!
More questions about coffee? Any facts you didn’t see on here that you wanted to learn about? Contact us today! We love to talk coffee.