The year of 850 A.D. is an exact time when the first coffee was discovered and made. Ethiopian farmer Kaldi is observed and remembered as the man who invented coffee.
How Was The First Coffee Made?
Kaldi was a goat herder. He noticed that his goats, after eating berries from certain trees, become extremely energetic. The increase in energy was so high that they didn’t want to sleep during the night. Kaldi informed the abbot of the local monastery about his discovery. The abbot went to pick those berries and check them for himself. He then got the idea of drying and boiling the berries to make the beverage. He threw berries into the fire. Then took the roasted beans from the embers and dissolved them in hot water. It was how the first coffee was made.
It turned out that the drink he made from berries kept him alerted throughout the long evening prayer. He shared the discovery with other members from the monastery and the word of revolutionary drink began to spread. The news moved east and coffee eventually reached the Arabian peninsula from where it spread across the globe.
What Was Coffee Originally Used For?
From the moment of its discovery coffee was used to enhance concentration. As is the case today, people used it to stay awake and in a state of alert. Many sects used it to stay awake and concentrated during their night prayers. Besides this, coffee was used in trade. It led to coffee becoming the second most traded commodity in the world. Petroleum is the first. To those familiar with the history of its usage, coffee is also known as the devil’s drink.
Why was coffee called the devil’s drink?
The most probable reason why coffee was called the devil’s drink is that it caused or at least enhanced revolutions. Yes, it might sound insane that what you consume on a daily basis is capable of doing such things but we speak of strong historic facts that even encompass prohibitions on coffee. Remember, besides many other things, human history is featured with genocide conducted over black cats – there isn’t a lot of sanity in it.
Did Coffee Really Cause Revolutions?
What enhanced the possibility of revolutions were the coffee houses. They sprouted all across east Africa and the middle east. As their name implies, those were the places in which the new beverage was served and consumed.
Coffee houses quickly became places of mass gatherings. During day and night, people would sit and drink coffee. They had music, song, games, but most of all, they had a good opportunity to talk to each other and socialize. And, as you might already guess, the core of conversations would usually move towards trending topics and events. It led to elaboration and criticism directed to systems, governments, and rulers. The coffee houses became known as the schools of wise and the conversations that were led in them established a link between intellectual life and coffee.
But it is exactly why many rulers and religious institutions feared it. Criticism and critical thinking, if allowed to develop too much, would result in the changing of rulers and establishing new orders.
Why Was Coffee Banned?
In 1511, coffee was banned in Mecca. The governor thought it might unite his opposition. He believed that coffee enhances radical thinking and that people are going to discuss his failings and decide to take it down. It is how the association between coffee and rebellion was formed.
Coffee was decreed sinful. However, the controversy over whether it was intoxicating or not lasted for over a decade. In 1524, the ban was removed by the Ottoman Turkish Sultan Selim I who allowed coffee to be drunk again. Sultan also ordered the governor to be executed for the troubles he made. The sultan also proclaimed coffee to be sacred.
In the 16th century coffee also arrived in Europe. It is when the church called it the devil’s drink. Clergymen pressed for coffee to be banned and labeled Satanic. The reason for this was that the ruling class feared what socialization in coffee houses could lead to.
But when Pope Clement VIII took a taste the destiny of coffee changed. He declared it to be very delicious and even made a joke about how the coffee should be baptized. After the papal blessing, coffeehouses rapidly sprang up throughout Europe.
Mad Facts About Coffee
While the previous story might seem amazing there are other crazy facts about coffee.
Sweden Banned Coffee And Paraphernalia
Sweden was the place where coffee had the maddest usage ever. In 1746 Sweden banned coffee. But it also banned everything related to coffee. Cops started confiscating cups and dishes as well. King Gustav III ordered convicted murderers to drink coffee while doctors monitored how long the cups of joy took to kill them. It was good for convicts and boring for the doctors.
Prussian Officials Feared That Coffee Will Push The Beer Out
But the buzz was not limited to Sweden. Prussian officials were worried that coffee consumption was interfering with citizens’ beer-drinking habits. It is why, In 1777, Frederick the Great of Prussia issued a statement encouraging Prussians to drink beer—not coffee— during their breakfast.
Instant Coffee is Nearly 250 Years Old
Instant coffee first appeared in England in 1771. The process developed over the years until the first mass-produced instant coffee was introduced and patented in the U.S. in 1910.
Coffee Can Fuel Cars
There is a possibility that coffee could be used to fuel cars. This is due to the fact that scientists had achieved great success with transforming coffee into biodiesel.
Beethoven And Balzac Loved Coffee
Beethoven loved coffee. But, as every genius, he had his special tastes and desires which were very tiring, to say the least. He insisted that each cup of coffee was made with exactly 60 beans. French writer Honoré de Balzac didn’t wasn’t so specific. But he drunk coffee in much bigger amounts. According to some sources, Balzac drank upwards of 50 cups of coffee a day.
Coffee Laws – True or False?
In ancient Arab culture, apparently still applicable in Saudi Arabia, a woman can find legal grounds for divorce if her husband fails to bring her fresh coffee in the morning.
Coffee Is A Fruit
Believe it or not, coffee is a fruit. We already said how it was discovered. Coffee beans are the pit of a berry. There are two types of beans:
- Red beans
- Green beans
Red beans have a nicer smell. They are also less acidic. They are used for the production of lighter coffees. Roasted is healthy. The more time beans have been roasted, the healthier they are going to be.
How Did Coffee Get Its Name
The word coffee has roots in several languages. In Yemen it got the name qahwah. Qahwah was originally a romantic term for wine. It later became the Turkish kahveh, then Dutch koffie and finally coffee in English.
Coffee Extends Cat’s Life
This could be a coincidence, but the Guinness World Record for the oldest cat ever belongs to Creme Puff. This little cute cat drank coffee every morning. Before discarding the claims about coffee prolonging a cat’s life it is important to note that the previous record-holder Grandpa Rex had the same owner and the exact same diet.