Coffee: A Brief History Every Coffee Lover Need Know

By November 22, 2016

The history of coffee is one that is full of twists and turns, which contributed to our double espresso being what it is today. Here we will reveal the brief history of coffee based on its timeline.  

Coffee in Africa

1. It is said that the goat herder Kaldi first discovered coffee in Ethiopian. He found that his goats became so energetic after eating the berries.

coffee first discovered

2. The abbot of the local monastery concocted a type of wine from the berries after hearing from Kaldi.

3. During the 13th century, coffee was extremely popular with the Muslim community for its stimulant powers, which proved useful during long prayer sessions.

4. By the 15th century, coffee was being grown in the Yemeni district of Arabia.

5. By the 16th century, coffee was known in Persia, Syria, Egypt and Turkey. Instead of drinking coffee at home, people gathered at coffee houses for communication, which were referred to as “Schools of wise”. And coffee began to spread to worldwide.

Coffee Comes to Europe

coffee in Europe

6. In the 16th century, coffee was first introduced to Europe in the island of Malta through slavery. Controversy existed once the coffee arrived. Some reacted with suspicion and fear, while others found the coffee so satisfying.

7. By the 17th century, coffee was becoming popular across Europe, though controversy still existed. Many coffee houses opened in the major cities of England, France, Germany and Holland.

Coffee Comes to Americas

coffee comes to Americas

8. In the mid-18th century, coffee arrived in Latin America, when the French brought coffee plants to Martinique. And then, coffee found its way to Brazil and Mexico, and finally to the whole America. And after the Boston Tea Party of 1773, large numbers of Americans switched from drinking tea to coffee during the American Revolution.

After reading the 8 tips, do you have a basic knowledge of the brief history of coffee? Share below if you have any question or suggestion.

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Comments (23)



  1. It is funny that I have hyper goats to thank for my morning cup o joe :) I had no clue about these facts.

  2. I do love a good cup of coffee but really had now idea about, so I now feel like I am an informed coffee drinker!

  3. Had no idea, was thinking the wrong continent entirely! :-)

  4. Thanks for the info, a tea fan here!

  5. Well they say you learn something everyday and I just have. Never thought about were it comes from before

  6. interesting.. did not know that

  7. Wow thanks for that I never knew most of that info I love coffee

  8. Its good to know the origins of good coffee.

  9. Very interesting article, always loved coffee, never thought about where it came from!

  10. Know very little brain dead with caffeine

  11. Very interesting.

  12. interesting i do love my coffee

  13. I’m a tea drinker. I have never cared for coffee.

  14. No I didn’t so thank you. i drink coffee all day long.

  15. I love coffee!

  16. I have to admit I didn’t really know much about the history.

  17. I have read about coffees history through the years.

  18. little bit

  19. Interesting history lesson

  20. thanks for history

  21. No i don’t know the history of coffee, but perhaps its something i should look in to

  22. Thank God for coffee. Couldn’t make it through day without it.