Who Invented Coffee?

Who Invented Coffee?

Coffee is undeniably one of the most popular beverages today, which can be served both hot and cold. It is rich in caffeine, an ingredient known for its invigorating effects. It is produced widely in countries such as Colombia, Vietnam and Brazil. Aside from these valuable details, it is nice to know other interesting things about this special beverage including who invented coffee.

The Invention of Coffee

Who invented coffee? Based on historical accounts, the Ethiopians were the first to discover the ability of the coffee bean plant to energize human beings. Highlanders started to cultivate beans way back to the ninth century. When the Arabs decided to expand their trade, the beans have reached other places such as Yemen and North Africa. At that time, no one can stop the popularity of coffee, which then expanded to the European and Indian markets.

Additional Facts and Other Important Information

In 1587, Abd al-Qadir al-Jaziri compiled in his work entitled “Umdat al safwa fi hill al-qahwa” the different legal controversies as well as the history of coffee. Based on that particular work, a certain sheik named Jamal-al-Din al-Dhabhani was the very first individual who adopted coffee in the Muslim world. The beverage was widely used by the Sufis during that time in order to drive away sleep.

From Yemen as the starting point, coffee found its way to Yemen as export. In 1554, the very first coffeehouse started somewhere in Istanbul. During that time, the beverage was not received well by the people. In fact, the conservative people during that period banned the drink in many places mainly because of its stimulating effect. In 1524, Ottoman Turkish Sultan Selim-I lifted the ban on coffee.

From the Ottoman Empire, coffee reached Europe through Italy, where the beverage was first imported. In 1645, the first coffeehouse in Europe was opened some where in Venice. Based on Leonhard Rauwolf’s 1583 account, the beverage became available in England through the efforts of the Dutch East India Company and the British East India Company. The very first coffeehouse in that area was established in Cornhill.

In Austria, the first coffeehouse started in the City of Vienna in 1683. It was established right after the Battle of Vienna, where the country received supplies from the defeated Turks. The military officer named Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki was the recipient of the coffee beans. He started the coffeehouse. He also started the custom of adding milk and sugar to the coffee in order to give it a more pleasant taste and flavor.

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One Response to “Who Invented Coffee?”

  1. Daniel says:

    I’m sorry, but i’ve had to re-read a few of your facts because they don’t seem to be making much sense.

    “From Yemen as the starting point, coffee found its way to Yemen as export”

    – Didn’t you mention that it was cultivated in the ethiopian highlands? Not to mention that it cannot possibly export to where it originated.

    “In 1554, the very first coffeehouse started somewhere in Istanbul. During that time, the beverage was not received well by the people. In fact, the conservative people during that period banned the drink in many places mainly because of its stimulating effect. In 1524, Ottoman Turkish Sultan Selim-I lifted the ban on coffee.”

    – This is just terrible. You say that a coffeehouse was started in istanbul in 1554, where coffee was poorly received, and was banned (around this time), yet 30 years earlier, it was lifted?

    Also, your dates seem to be in a various order, rather than a more logical “chronological” one.

    “In 1587, Abd al-Qadir al-Jaziri compiled in his work entitled “Umdat al safwa fi hill al-qahwa” the different legal controversies as well as the history of coffee. Based on that particular work, a certain sheik named Jamal-al-Din al-Dhabhani was the very first individual who adopted coffee in the Muslim world.”

    – It is accounted in several other sources that Jamal-al-Din al-Dhabhani adopted coffee in 1454. So how can he adopt the use of coffee 133 years before a book was written that he “supposedly used” as the basis for his adoption?
    You say that his adoption was “based on” the work, meaning it would have to have been after 1587.

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