Coffee's Ethiopian Origins
Coffee's journey began in Ethiopia, where legend says a goat herder named Kaldi discovered the energizing effect of coffee beans after his goats ate them.
Arabian Coffee Houses
By the 15th century, the first coffee houses, called 'qahveh khaneh', emerged in Yemen, becoming social hubs for conversation, music, and even political debate.
Europe's Coffee Revolution
In the 17th century, coffee reached Europe. Venice's first café opened in 1645. Not just beverages, European cafes became centers of intellectual exchange and commerce.
Birth of Espresso
1901 saw the invention of the espresso machine in Italy by Luigi Bezzera, revolutionizing coffee culture with a faster, more concentrated brew.
Finland's Coffee Love
Finland might surprise as the world's top coffee consumer per capita. The Finnish traditionally enjoy 'kahvi' several times daily, often light-roasted and prepared via drip brew.
Japan's Coffee Innovation
Japan brought us the siphon brewer in the 1840s, exemplifying a dedication to craft and precision in coffee making, influencing worldwide specialty coffee methods.
Brazil's Coffee Domination
Brazil has been the largest coffee producer for over 150 years. Unique drying methods like sun-drying on patios contribute to its distinctive coffee profiles.