Cambridge English Dictionary describes it as “a dark brown powder with a strong flavour and smell that is made by crushing dark beans from a tropical bush and used to make a drink.” (If someone ever thinks of creating a secret society around coffee, now that’s a dark side I would like to join!)
The word itself originates from the Dutch koffie, which comes from Turkish kaveh, from Arabic qahwah.
The Ethiopean legend says that this marvel was discovered by a goat herder by the name of Kaldi. He noticed how energetic his goats become after eating the red-colored beans of a certain bush.
Kaldi shared this discovery with a monk who, out of curiosity, put the beans to the test by making a drink with them. He felt the effects immediately, which kept him alert during the long praying hours. Spreading the news to his fellow monks, the popularity of these red beans quickly began to rise until it reached the Arabian Peninsula.
The Muslim community took advantage of its stimulating effect, also during their long praying session. Falling in love with this beverage, they even built public coffee houses, referred to as Schools of Wise, a perfect space for exchanging information, listening to music or making new acquaintances.
Coffee appeared in Europe somewhere between 1515 and 1519 and conquered England by 1650. The American colonies made coffee popular when they imposed the tax on tea.
The best stories are shared over a cup of coffee. Did you have yours today?
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