The Origin of the Coffee Cup

Coffee was originated back to the fifteenth century. The most popular story was of a young Yemeni goatherd who worked at the monastery of a devout Muslim he observed that the goats reacted strangely after eating a reddish fruit from low-growing bushes from an isolated spot where they were grazing. At night instead of the goats becoming calm they were frisky and restless. The goat herder reported this unusual behavior to a devote Muslim who tried to eat the ripe fruit and found it to be bitter. Knowing that certain grains improved in flavor when cooked; the devote Muslim cooked and crushed the red berry and mixed it with water and then added honey. After drinking the mixture, the food’s effect on him was nothing like he had ever felt before. After drinking the mixture, he felt a greater sense of awareness and it warded off drowsiness once night had fallen. When night came for his prayers, he was the only member that was awake for midnight prayers. When the other members saw him awake they all wanted to know his secret. Soon all the devote members wanted to drink the beverage. They called it kawah which in Arabic means that which excites and causes the spirits to rise.

It was believed that the queen of Sheba brought the fruit to the Israelites. The Arabic’s refined the process for brewing coffee and improving it flavor.

They removed and discarded the fruit and roasted the beans. Then they grounded the beans into a fine power that was steeped in water and the mixture was boiled till it was reduced by 50%.

Eventually Coffee shops began to open under Constantinople due to the people’s request. The Ottoman society began to have an uncontrollable demand for coffee so coffee was begun to be heavily taxed. The people rebelled against the taxes and more coffee shops began to open. The influence of the beverage began to spread far and wide. That even in Ottoman households wives were expected to brew coffee or their husbands could divorce them.

Eventually, widespread cultivation and trade of coffee went into Arabia and Europe. As a result coffee was still under the Ottoman rule and being used to conquer people who fell under their spell of the intoxicating beverage called coffee.

When the Pope Clement VII decided to try coffee, he found the heady aroma to be delightful and believed that anything that good could not possibly be the work of the devil. With that small coffee houses began to open and became wide spread in the port cities of Italy.

Coffee entered the New World by a French Naval officer who gave coffee to Dutch. During World War II, coffee distribution became widespread and since the 1960s the United States is still the major consumer of coffee and since the United States cannot grow the coffee, we are the largest imported of coffee.


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