When I was growing up, I couldn't understand why anyone would want to drink coffee, much less be obsessed with it. Then I became an adult, and that all changed.
Thanks to the National Calendar Day, I see that today is our day to celebrate java. Count me in!
Maybe it was the aroma of the freshly ground coffee beans, or it could be the caffeine boost it provides. Whatever the reason, let's celebrate this day together!
And now a little coffee history, as I pour myself another cup:
There are many legendary accounts of how coffee first came to be, but the earliest credible evidence of either coffee drinking or the knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries around Mokha in Yemen. It was here coffee seeds were first roasted and brewed, much like they are prepared today. Yemeni traders brought coffee back to their homeland from Ethiopia and began to cultivate the seed.
In 1670, coffee seeds were smuggled out of the Middle East by Baba Budan, as he strapped seven coffee seeds onto his chest. The first plants grown from these smuggled seeds were planted in Mysore. It was then that coffee spread to Italy, to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and the Americas.
Brazil produces more coffee in the world than any other country, followed by Colombia.