For something we drink practically every day, the history of coffee remains a mystery for many people. Of course, we all know the exact temperature in which our favorite beverage should be poured, and precisely how much sugar tastes the best, however, we tend to overlook some of the most interesting aspects of the coffee itself. Take a look at the unique history of the world of coffee and get an all new look at your morning buzz.
What's in a Name?
While coffee originated in Ethiopia sometime during the 11th century, the name coffee actually comes from the Turkish word Qahwah. As coffee's popularity spread, foreigners started referring to it is Koffie, and eventually, Coffee. When translated to English, the original meaning is actually "wine." It appears the Turks felt that the caffeine buzz made them feel just as good as a smooth glass of Pinot.
In the early 16th century, coffee was banned by Italian clergyman because they believed it was an open invitation for Satan to enter the household. It was a good thing that Pope Clement VIII had such a love for the stuff because he refused to give it up. In 1600 A.D. it was officially baptized and no longer labeled as hazardous to your immortal soul.
A French Perspective
When it comes to food and drink, the French are well-known for their class and elegance. Coffee is, of course, no exception. The beverage was brought to Paris as a gift to King Louis XIV in 1669 by an Ottoman ambassador. It was described as a "magical beverage" and clearly lived up to its name. The first Parisian cafe opened shortly after in 1686 and became a destination for artsy types from all around. Now it is clear where modern coffee houses get their inspiration.
Sometimes you just don't have time to brew a fresh pot of coffee. Thanks to a man by the name of George Constant Washington, instant coffee is available for anyone who needs a pick-me-up on the go. In 1906 he invented the first line of mass-produced instant coffee. Because of his company, Red-E-Coffee, anyone could fit this essential beverage into their busy schedule.
Tea Time is Over
During the American Revolution, the tax on tea was seen as unfair and many people switched to coffee to show their patriotism. To make sure the boycott on tea was heard far and wide, only coffee would be served at The Green Dragon Tavern in Boston. This tavern/coffee house became a place where great thinkers gathered to strategize about the future of America. The British could keep their tea, drinking coffee during the war was as American as apple pie.
Next time you brew a fresh pot of coffee, think of the journey those beans have taken throughout history. From Ethiopia to Turkey to France, coffee has been everywhere and seen everything. After looking over its amazing past, the future looks bright for everyone's favorite beverage.