Coffee: History's Favorite Beverage

Coffee is a beverage that has been with us since the start of human existence, most of us love and drink it on a daily basis but do we know its history?


Around the time of A.D 850 legend has it that a lone shepherd and his flock happened upon a strange new plant that was growing upon the slopes of a lonely hillside. Before the shepherd could intervene, some of his herd had started to chomp away at this newly discovered delicacy. After about a quarter of an hour, the shepherd began to notice that the entire herd were acting in an extremely lively manner. They appeared to be not only very alert, but even hyperactive. The shepherd being slightly weary and more than a little tired decided that he also should sample the berries and see what, if any effect they would have on him. He secretly hoped that the dramatic effect that he had observed the berries to have on his greedy flock of sheep would also happen to him. Just as had happened with his herd, he too started to feel the benefits and in a matter of minutes he also [pardon the pun] was “extremely full of beans”. A few hours passed and along came a wandering monk. The herder proceeded to tell him of the plant's amazing qualities but he was immediately scolded for his outlandish ways and foolhardy behaviour. The monk went on his way and secretly took a sample of the coffee plant and hid it in his backpack. 

Back at the monastery, the monk decided to try this new and exciting substance. Soon, prayer was a more enjoyable experience.

Coffee, the drink had been revealed to the world. Its widespread use then took a grip in the Ethiopian lands before then migrating on to the Arabian outlands. Here it was to be held for many years as a sacred substance but was eventually to be unlawfully exported by a merchant called Baba Budan. Word of its qualities were soon to spread and within a few years coffee was to emerge as one of the most valued commodities of all time. Now, would you believe that each year we drink an amazing four billion cups and there are those among us who would cry at the thought of starting their day without it.

Although coffee is mainly known as a stimulant, there are those who consider coffee to have many health benefits. It is thought that people who suffer from asthma and partake of the beverage have at least 25% less symptoms which may be due to a substance in coffee called theophylline. This is known as a bronchodilator and quite simply it is thought to help those who suffer with the disease to breathe easier. Drinking coffee on a daily basis is also thought to help lower your chances of developing colon cancer by a figure also in the region of about 25%. This may be due to the fact that coffee helps to keep you regular. Coffee can do more than just help you get through your day!

It's curious that the vast majority of folks have no idea of the different tastes and delights that this king of all drinks has to offer us. One of the swiftest growing trends of the last few years has to be the rising popularity of buying coffee via the internet. Never before have we been able to so easily get hold of such a large and voluptuous variety of blends, tastes and tantalising aromas from all over the world. With the aid of the wonderful web, trekking around the local neighbourhood to try and find some new exciting coffee blends has became a thing of the past. Sitting at home, you can now search an almost infinite variety of coffees from all over the world and order them at the click of a mouse.

Now you know the history of this magical bean, go on and try some new varieties. Not only will you impress your friends, your tastebuds will be thrilled as well.

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