Around the World With Coffee and Back!

By Timothy S. Collins

Coffee consumption started in a corner of Ethiopia when a young herder discovered the "magical powers" that red beans from a tree had on his goats when they ate them. Monks from a nearby monastery brewed the first cup of coffee after some trial and error. Over time, consumption of this new beverage spread among the monasteries throughout Ethiopia and to neighboring mosques and Muslim regions where alcohol was not allowed.

Coffee was generally regarded as a luxurious stimulant and its fame spread beyond country borders. Coffee became known as a black beverage that inspired love and loyalty, healed the sick, comforted the exhausted, and allowed long nights of prayer and meditation. Coffee became in high demand from Ethiopia to the great port of Moka (also "Mocha") on the Red Sea and then to the Gulf of Aden into Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. Coffee was cultivated in the Arabian Peninsula which explains why the name for the Arabica coffee became popularized.

Coffee continued to spread to Turkey and to the rest of the Ottoman Empire. It was in the Ottoman Empire where coffee was roasted on bonfires and became famous for its wonderful aroma and color. Coffee drinking became widespread and was adopted as a beverage of choice in Persia, Egypt, Syria and Europe.

It is interesting to note how mystery and claims of magical powers continued to surround coffee to the point that it became an almost sacred substance. Coffee could not be cultivated in Europe as a result of northern climates, temperatures and soil conditions unfavorable to the crop. As a result of being an import, coffee availability was rare and scarce. This happened so much that coffee became a symbol of luxury and the gift of choice for royalty. Without a doubt, this "prestige" made coffee very attractive to people in religious and political spheres of society.

Coffee consumption grew rapidly throughout Europe among nobles, artists, intellectuals, scholars and many more wealthy and powerful people. Coffee houses followed and coffee became synonymous with good service, hospitality and friendship. Coffee eventually made its way to Southeast Asia and to the Americas. Dutch, French and British merchants brought coffee to their plantations in Ceylon, Indonesia, Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and to many other countries along East Indies merchant routes. In short, coffee literally went around the world and has become at present the second most traded commodity in the world after petroleum.

When you think of it, that is indeed an awful lot of coffee for everyone! Drinking coffee is a fun and personal activity. Something you can do with friends or by yourself. Millions of people all over the world get their day "started" with a cup of coffee. The brew is served 24x7 just about everywhere you go. But coffee is so much more than just a beverage!

Coffee offers many health benefits and that is a great thing. Remember some of the "magical powers" that legends associated with coffee? Well, it turns out that there is much truth in such "magical powers."

  • Coffee has been the subject of research for decades. Consistently, the results show that coffee is more healthful than harmful. Such statement is based on research findings that take place daily on coffee, caffeine and health around the world in public and private organizations, laboratories, universities and other specialized facilities.
  • How does coffee improve the health of your body? It's the "magic'" in antioxidants and caffeine! Both of these substances have proven health and anti aging benefits.
  • Antioxidants help your body repair damage to cells caused by free radicals.
  • These free radicals are produced as a by-product of cells through normal daily activities.

Coffee is a delicious and very versatile beverage. Hot or cold. There are more than 69 different flavors to choose from such as Chocolate Coffee; Nut and Crunch Coffee or Hazelnut coffee.

Let's celebrate the wonders of coffee and get some of that "magic" in us, shall we? Recommendation: A delicious gourmet flavored coffee freshly roasted just for you!



Timothy S. Collins
Article by Timothy S. Collins
Timothy ("Tim") S. Collins, the author, is called by those who know him "The Gourmet Coffee Guy." He is an expert in article writing who has done extensive research online and offline in his area of expertise, coffee marketing, as well as in other areas of personal and professional interest. Come visit the author's website: www.ourgourmetcoffee.com.

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