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The Origins of your morning Coffee

The Origins of your morning Coffee

We take our coffee for granted, whether we buy it at Starbucks or make our own coffee at home we all love it.  If you love good coffee at home you may want to get yourself a new coffee machine and with Lowes Printable Coupons from We Are Coupons you can save money on this. But for now, how many of you know where coffee comes from?

That cup of steaming hot black liquid you have in your hand has a long history, some a little mythical starting with the Yemenite Sufi mystic Ghothul Akbar Nooruddin Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili , who happened to see some birds gaining energy by eating berries from a tree that we now know as a coffee tree. He ate some of the beans and had the very first Caffeine boost.  Thank you for being observant and taking the chance to copy the birds, without this so legend would have it there would be no coffee, no Starbucks, no Nescafe and no way to get your day started with a boost.

The most likely origin of coffee is when the coffee was first cultivated in the 13th and 14th centuries by the Arabs having seen the trees in East Africa.  Growing the treas for their berries to start with the earliest drink of coffee being known in Yemen in the 15th Century.

Trade and travel saw coffee finding its way into Venice thanks to the extensive trade between the city and the Muslims of North Africa and the Middle East. By the late 1500’s coffee was popular among the elite of Venice and its popularity began to spread through Europe once Pope Clement VIII condoned the drinking of coffee by Catholics in 1600. Yes, there was a point where drinking of coffee was debated as sinful.

It didn’t take long for coffee drinking to spread globally and by the 1700’s it had reached the America’s with Brazil beginning large scale cultivation  in the early 1800’s.

Coffee played its Part in American Society shortly after the Boston Tea Party in 1773 when many people saw drinking tea as unpatriotic and of course switched to coffee.

Coffee has come a long way with cultivation taking off globally not without controversy. Slavery was still around and the slaves on the coffee plantations in French Colonial South America were some of the most harshly treated of all, if the conditions existed today coffee would be up there with blood diamonds. The conditions of the coffee plantation slaves were a key factor in the Haitian Revolution again showing just how important coffee was becoming to the world.

Today coffee is cultivated globally; it is blended and brewed all over with botanists cross breading coffee plants creating varietals that are more common today and developed to improve the coffee taste.

Coffee has come a long way, from a legendary man watching the birds, through a tea party, through slavery, changing history and becoming one of the most valuable commodities on earth in one of the largest industries on the planet. Your humble cup of coffee has a history, its spilt some blood and made some countries what they are today for better or worse; so as you sip your brew say a word of thanks for the humble bean and those who truly made your cup of coffee what it is today.   

Now you know the origins of coffee why not get yourself a superb new coffee machine from Lowes with our Lowes Printable Coupons and cure that craving!

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