Wednesday, June 1, 2011

History of Coffee – Europe 1620

By the year 1620, coffee had reached Europe from Turkey. Coffee houses had become very popular in Venice and "Caffé Florian" was the most famous of all. Florian became the confidant of Venice's wellborn and prominent citizens. To his clients he was part diplomat, part social arbiter, part gossipmonger and part postmaster.

"Travelers departing from Venice left forwarding directions with him while visitors to the city called at the Caffé for a briefing on the drift of political currents and social affairs. He was the matchmaker for the best families, and the traveler seeking female entertainment could be certain that Florian's recommendations insured a fine evening's recreation", narrates Professor Andres Uribe, in his book "Brown Gold", the amazing story of coffee.

With best regards,

Mariano Ospina

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