The History of Coffee:
•Legend says that coffee was first discovered in Ethiopia during the 10th century by a goat herder named Kaldi. He discovered that after his herd ate berries from a certain tree, they became more energized and would not go to sleep.
•Kaldi shared this discovery with the local monastery who made a drink out of the berries to help the monks stay awake during long hours of evening prayers.
•It is said the Arabs were not only the first to cultivate coffee but to trade it as well.
•Many Europeans first called coffee ‘the bitter invention of Satan,’ and condemned it. However, Pope Clement VIII tried the beverage and gave it his approval after finding it so delicious and satisfying.
•During the 17th century, coffee houses or ‘penny universities’ began popping up all over Europe. Here, patrons could purchase a cup of coffee for a penny and indulge in intellectual conversation with the many artists, merchants, shippers and brokers who frequented the establishments.
•Tea was still the favored drink in the New World until 1773 when the colonists revolted against the heavy tax imposed on tea by King George.
•This revolt, known as the Boston Tea Party, gave way for coffee to become the favored drink throughout America.