7 interesting things about coffee

  • 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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