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Coffee history

Many stories have been told about the history of coffee and its effects on the human body. According to some sources, the effect of coffee and caffeine on humans was noticed in Yemen sometime around 850 B.C. A hardworking shepherd noticed that sheep are becoming especially active after they ate some red beans, and when the shepherd himself tried them the effect was the same. A lone monk was passing by the shepherd, and also tried the beans and discovered that they can help him stay awake during the long prayers.

Other stories speak of an Arab who was exiled to Ethiopia with his followers, sentenced to die of starvation in the desert. One day, the hungry convicts have boiled the beans of an unknown plant and that enabled them to survive. This event in the nearby Al-Mocha port was seen as a sign from God, so both the plant and the beverage were named after it “Mocha”. Al-Moka Port has also become the most important location for exporting coffee from Yemen.

Upon arrival to Asia the coffee became the favorite drink of the Arabs, and later on also of the people around the world. The legend says that in 1555 two Syrian men brought the coffee for the first time to Istanbul, where later on a culture of coffee drinking has developed in special places and coffee shops, emphasizing the social effect of coffee drinking. Sometime during the 17th century the coffee came to the Republic of Venice and spread around the Europe from there. When we talk about the Balkans, the arrival of Ottoman Turks had a great influence, and the coffee as we drink and love it today is one of the heritages of that time.



 How do we differentiate coffee? Coffee origin says quite a lot about its characteristics and its quality. Although there are a number of blends of this beverage, the type of coffee is actually crucial to its taste. The geographical area, the cultivation of the plant, the plantations and the quality of grains determine what the final product of the coffee will be.


The way coffee is fried and the temperature to which the beans are roasted significantly influences the final product, or the coffee flavor. Also, the level of caffeine in the coffee depends on the method of roasting the grain, which ultimately brings a number of roasting recipes.


Coffee preparation actually describes how to make the perfect blend of coffee out of favorite mix. In addition to drinking, coffee preparation is an equally important process in which the fans of this drink especially enjoy. Although the most famous method of coffee preparation in these areas is traditional method, this is certainly not the only method of preparation.


Coffee is not just a wake up drink and an occasion for conversation. This drink has found its application in daily activities, and the unexplored possibilities of coffee use and its benefits surprise us constantly.