Coffee History and Facts

A Brief History of the Kenyan Coffee

The origin of coffee is relatively close to Kenya. However, getting it there was a difficult task and full of bloodshed. The coffee was controlled by Arabs who came into the country through coastal trade connections from as early as the 9th century. They enslaved thousands of Kenyans to work on the coffee plantations in both Kenya and Arabia. The British settlers then followed around 1900 and quickly assumed control over the country which led to more bloodshed. The country’s...

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The spread of coffee in Europe

Many Turkish merchants began to sell coffee beans abroad in 1600 and European travelers to the Near East brought back stories of an unusual dark black beverage. By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent. ITALY, Venice Europeans got their first taste of coffee in 1615 when Venetian merchants who had become acquainted with the drink in Istanbul carried it back with them to Venice. This was after tea which had appeared...

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The Cultivation and Spread of Coffee

The Arabian Peninsula Cultivation and trade of coffee began on the Arabian Peninsula from where it traveled to the East. By 15th century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia owing to the favorable climate and soils. It was introduced to Sri Lanka by Muslim traders and travelers in 1505. Fertile coffee beans, the berries with their husks unbroken, were taken to South-West India by a Baba Budan on his return from pilgrimage to Mecca in the 17th...

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The Origin of Coffee; 2

The Arabic word for coffee, kahwah, is also one of several words for wine. In the process of stripping the cherry husk, the pulp of the bean was fermented to make potent liquor. Some argued that the Qu'ran forbade the use of wine or intoxicating beverages, but other Muslims in favor of coffee argued that it was not an intoxicant but a stimulant. The dispute over coffee came to a head in 1511 in Mecca. The governor of Mecca,...

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The Origin of Coffee; 1

The original home of the coffee plant is Abyssinia, now Ethiopia. Kaffa, the province in the south-western highlands where they first blossomed gave its name to coffee. Although the formal cultivation and use of coffee as a beverage began early in the 9th century, coffee trees grew wild in the forests of Kaffa prior to that. Thus, many people in that region were familiar with the berries and the drink. According to Ethiopia’s ancient history, an Abyssinian goat-herd, Kaldi, who...

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