Do you love Coffee? All the people that I know, love coffee. The Love of Coffee make them to gather around a mug of coffee, and engage in conversations either serious or casual.
Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans.
The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread.
As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.
In the mid-1600’s, coffee was brought to New Amsterdam, later called New York by the British.
Though coffee houses rapidly began to appear, tea continued to be the favored drink in the New World until 1773, when the colonists revolted against a heavy tax on tea imposed by King George III. The revolt, known as the Boston Tea Party, would forever change the American drinking preference to coffee.
“Coffee – the favorite drink of the civilized world.” – Thomas Jefferson
Plantations Around the World
As demand for the beverage continued to spread, there was fierce competition to cultivate coffee outside of Arabia.
The Dutch finally got seedlings in the latter half of the 17th century. Their first attempts to plant them in India failed, but they were successful with their efforts in Batavia, on the island of Java in what is now Indonesia.
The plants thrived and soon the Dutch had a productive and growing trade in coffee. They then expanded the cultivation of coffee trees to the islands of Sumatra and Celebes.
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4 Reasons why we love Coffee
Coffee is definitely some kind of drug that draws people together. Business deals and family talks are done around a cup of Joe, just for “The Love of Coffee”. These days if you meet someone for a business deal or some kind of get together, you invite them to a neutral place, a coffee shop.
In South Africa we are spoiled to the best coffee shops in the world.
It wakes you up. This is probably the number one reason why people love coffee. For us its one of the main reasons why we love coffee. I get up in the morning and see that everyone in the household gets served with a mug of coffee. Its only then when the day can start off. Normally with a smile.
You can have coffee any time of the day. It gives us a reason the leave our desks and meet up in a coffee shop for a mug of coffee. Ok, its more an excuse than a reason, but it doesn’t matter. This gives us an opportunity to chat over issues that we don’t get time for at home.
You can have coffee anywhere in the world. We love to experience coffee al over the world. The taste, the smell, the experience is what drives you to the next coffee shop.
Every country has a different coffee culture. This is what brings people together. Enjoying a cup of coffee in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, chatting to the owner of the coffee shop, and sipping your next cup in Siem Riep in Cambodia, makes for an awesome experience.
Coffee is good for “sit down”
in “take away” cup
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