Monday, June 13, 2011

History of Coffee – Arabian Peninsula 1500

The story of coffee growing and drinking starts in the Horn of Africa, in Ethiopia, where the coffee tree probably originated in the province of Kaffa. Merchants took the beans into Yemen and Arabia, through the great port of its day, Mocha.

Coffee was certainly being cultivated in Yemen by the 15th century. Authorities actively encouraged coffee drinking and the first coffeehouses, called "kaveh kanes", were opened in Mecca. They quickly spread throughout the Arab world and became successful places where chess was played, business was conducted and music was enjoyed.

Yours truly,

Mariano Ospina

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