The history of the coffee bean:

The history of the coffee bean:

The history of the coffee bean dates back to 850 AD. It all started when, in Ethiopia, monks noticed that your sheep were suddenly lively. They realized that the goats had been nibbling on a particular plant. It was the coffee plant! When the monks tasted the coffee themselves, they were "bitterly disappointed" with the taste of coffee. Thereupon they threw the coffee bean into the fire and suddenly a delicious aroma filled the air. The monks immediately extinguished the fire and mixed it with water, resulting in a black drink. Thanks to this discovery, all the monks were able to hold their night prayers with full energy.

How did coffee get to Europe?

Coffee came to Europe much later, in the 16th century it reached us through gifts from Constantinople (now Istanbul). It was not until 1615 that the first large quantities were sold in Europe.

When in 1683 the Turks had to retreat from their siege in Vienna, they left behind 500 sacks packed with coffee beans. A great fortune for the Viennese. At that time, a coffee-loving Pole opened a small coffee house in Vienna, which attracted many people from Vienna. This led to a Viennese coffee house culture that is still world famous today. From then on, coffee spread throughout Europe and today it is impossible to imagine everyday life without it.

At the end of the 17th century, the Dutch, who were one of the most influential sea powers in the world, planted their coffee on their island of Java in Indonesia. Further plantations followed in the regions of Sri Lanka, India and finally in Surinam. It spread further into tropical areas, where today the largest plantations are located and are therefore the world leaders in coffee production.

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