- The word "coffee" came from the Dutch "koffie" borrowed from the Turkish "kahve" which came from the Arabic "qahwah"
The coffee plant was first discovered in the 11th century in Ethiopia where the leaves were boiled to make a drink with medicinal properties.
Coffee was considered by Christian clergy as the drink of Muslim infidels and was referred to as "the drink of Satan", until it was approved by Pope Clement VIII (1592-1605) who, when he was asked to ban it, instead gave it his blessing.
- Women were banned from coffeehouses in England and France in the 17th & 18th century where they were considered to be places where gentlemen discussed business and politics.
- Coffee was first brought to Brazil in 1727 and today Brazil is the largest producer of coffee in the world.
- Coffee became more popular than tea in America as a result The Boston Tea Party, a revolt against heavy tax on tea.
- There are two types of coffee produced worldwide, arabica and robusta. Arabica originated in the Arabian peninsula and makes up about three-quarter of world production grown mainly in South America. Robusta is found mainly in Africa, Asia and Indonesia and has a higher caffeine content.
The World of Coffee & World Barista Championship event takes place at RDS, Dublin Ireland - June 23-25, 2016
My morning coffee break gives me energy and inspiration during a busy working week at deBlaca. and at weekends I love to hang out with friends at some of my favourite coffee shops in Dublin.
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