The Incredible History of Coffee
The extraordinary history of coffee is
filled with delight, devotion, intolerance, and intrigue.
Exactly where and when coffee was
first cultivated is debated, but botanical evidence confirms that
Coffea Arabica originated on the plateaus of central Abyssinia
(now Ethiopia), several thousand feet above sea level. Coffee
trees still grow wild there in the shade of the canopies of the
coffee was brewed from green, unroasted beans to yield a tea-like beverage.
The processing methods were further refined as coffee spread throughout
the Arabian Peninsula and later through the Ottoman Empire to Turkey. The
modern coffee drink was invented at the end of 15th century, when roasting
and crushing the coffee beans before extracting them with hot water grew
in acceptance. Because this method of making coffee first became popular
in Turkey, the travelers, traders, and pilgrims who were introduced to this
beverage referred to it as Turkish Coffee.
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