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History of Coffee

The Coffee Bearer

The native (undomesticated) origin of coffee is thought to have been Ethiopia.

The earliest substantiated evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree is
from the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen.

The coffee plant, which was discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th Century, has a white blossom that smells
like jasmine and a red, cherry-like fruit. Back then, the leaves of the so-called “magical fruit” were boiled
in water and the resulting concoction was thought to have medicinal properties.

There is a popular Ethiopian legend wherein coffee is discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi,
who found his goats frolicking and full of energy after eating the red fruit of the coffee shrub.
Kaldi tried the fruit for himself and had a similar reaction.

One possible origin of the name is the Kingdom of Kaffa in Ethiopia, where the coffee plant originated;
its name there is bunn or bunna. A National Geographic feature tells us that the beans were first brewed
in the 11th-century, and were pretty widespread in the Muslim community by the 13th-century.

The world’s 20 biggest coffee drinkers

  • Finland – 12kg per capita per year
  • Norway – 9.9
  • Iceland – 9
  • Denmark – 8.7
  • Netherlands – 8.4
  • Sweden – 8.2
  • Switzerland – 7.9
  • Belgium – 6.8
  • Luxembourg – 6.5
  • Canada – 6.2
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina – 6.1
  • Austria – 5.9
  • Italy – 5.8
  • Slovenia – 5.8
  • Brazil – 5.5
  • Germany – 5.5
  • Greece – 5.4
  • France – 5.1
  • Croatia – 4.9
  • Cyprus – 4.8

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_coffee

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