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Published: July 18th, 2022
Updated: August 10th, 2022

Coffee History Since 1700: Beans to Brewed

Do you love drinking coffee? If so, then you're in good company.

Coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, and its popularity is only increasing. But where did coffee come from? How did it become so popular? In this blog post, we will discuss the long history of coffee, from its origins as a humble bean to its current status as a global phenomenon. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a cup of coffee while learning about its fascinating history!

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From Ethiopia to Yemen

The coffee plant is native to Ethiopia, and there is evidence that coffee cultivation began there as early as the ninth century.


However, legend says it was first discovered in Ethiopia by a goatherd named Kaldi. Allegedly, Kaldi's goats became very agitated after eating coffee berries from a coffee tree, and Kaldi himself felt more awake and alert after eating the berries. He took them to a local monastery, where the monks were so impressed with the coffee's energizing effects that they began to drink it regularly.


Coffee beans were first exported from Ethiopia to Yemen, where they quickly gained popularity. Yemeni traders brought coffee to Cairo and other North African cities, and from there, it spread to the rest of the world. 

Organic Coffee Cherries in Hand

Coffee Berries

The First Coffeehouses

From Ethiopia, the coffee bean spread to the Arab world. The first coffee houses were established in Arabia, and coffee quickly became an important part of Arabian culture. It wasn't until the 17th century that coffee made its way to Europe, and it was introduced by Italian traders. It is believed that coffee was first introduced to Europe in the seventeenth century by an Italian businessman named Francesco Procopio Dei Coltelli. Once it arrived in Europe, it quickly became popular among European aristocrats and intellectuals.


Coffee quickly became popular in Europe, particularly in England and France. In 1652, a French doctor wrote a treatise on the medical benefits of coffee, which helped to increase its popularity even further. By the eighteenth century, coffee houses were common in most European cities, and they became gathering places for artists, intellectuals, and politicians.

roasted beans

Coffee Becomes an Important Commodity in the Global Economy

In the nineteenth century, coffee became an important commodity in the global economy. Coffee plantations were established in Brazil, Colombia, and other countries in South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia. And as coffee consumption increased around the world, so did its popularity.

Today, coffee is grown in countries all over the world

Today, coffee plants are grown in countries all over the world, including Brazil, Colombia, India, and Vietnam. And no matter where you are in the world, chances are you can find a coffee shop on almost every corner! It's one of the most popular drinks in the world, enjoyed by people of all ages and from all walks of life.


Coffee's popularity only continues to grow today with more and more ways to drink it iced or cold brew coffees being introduced every year. It's hard to believe that coffee drinking was once only enjoyed by a few, but is now a global phenomenon. 


So there you have it: a brief history of coffee from bean to brew. Next time you take a sip of your favorite coffee drink, remember its long and complicated journey from Ethiopia to your cup! Thanks for reading!

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