The Discovery of Coffee

Coffee is a popular drink that is enjoyed by millions of people around the world. It has a rich history that dates back to the 9th century, and it has evolved over time to become the beverage that we know and love today. Here is an account of the origins and evolution of coffee.

Origins of Coffee:

The origin of coffee can be traced back to the highlands of Ethiopia, where legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi discovered coffee. According to the story, Kaldi noticed that his goats became energetic and restless after eating the berries of a certain plant. He tried the berries himself and experienced a similar effect, and thus the discovery of coffee was made.

Over time, the use of coffee spread throughout the Arab world, and it became an important part of their culture. The Arabs were the first to cultivate coffee and to trade it with other countries. Coffee became a popular drink in Islamic societies, and it was often used during religious ceremonies and as a stimulant during long nights of prayer.

Evolution of Coffee:

The spread of coffee throughout the Arab world eventually led to its introduction in Europe in the 16th century. The first coffee house in Europe was opened in Venice in 1645, and from there, coffee quickly became popular throughout the continent. By the 18th century, coffee had become the drink of choice in many European countries, and coffee houses were common meeting places for intellectuals and artists.

In the 19th century, coffee became a major commodity in the global market, and it was traded extensively in Europe and the Americas. Coffee plantations were established in many countries, including Brazil, Colombia, and Indonesia, and the demand for coffee grew rapidly. The Industrial Revolution also had a major impact on the coffee industry, as new technologies were developed for roasting and brewing coffee.

Today, coffee is one of the most popular drinks in the world, with an estimated 2.25 billion cups of coffee consumed each day. There are many different types of coffee, including espresso, cappuccino, latte, and iced coffee, and coffee shops can be found in almost every city around the world.

In conclusion, the story of coffee is one of discovery, innovation, and evolution. From its origins in the highlands of Ethiopia to its current status as a global commodity, coffee has had a profound impact on cultures and societies around the world. Whether enjoyed in a coffee house, at home, or on the go, coffee remains a beloved beverage that is cherished by millions of people everywhere.

If you’ve had the pleasure of trying Mayan Espresso™, then you know how lucky you are. Our coffee, grown in the rich volcanic soils of Guatemala, is bursting with minerals and vitamins, making it as healthy as it is delicious. What’s more, our Arabica plants are the same variety that was first discovered by Ethiopians centuries ago, and we take great care in cultivating them. With 132 years of coffee-growing expertise passed down through our family, we have a deep understanding of what it takes to produce the highest-quality beans. We love coffee growing so much that ourselves and our children continue learning the science of coffee growing in a deep desire of perfecting our craft. Stay tuned to learn more about our meticulous process for harvesting Mayan Espresso Beans!


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  5. The team at Mayan Espresso
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