The history of coffee

Coffee is a significant development of our civilization and one of the key factors of its development.

It is originated from Ethiopia in 575 AD and until 850 AD spread throughout  Arabia, the Middle East, Europe and ended up in the New World.

Coffee comes from a fruit of an evergreen tree, the coffee tree that grows in tropical and subtropical climates. Its fruit  resembles from cherries and smells  like jasmine. In each fruit , two seeds are protected by an outer shell and its seed is surrounded by a thin membrane.

The word coffee means beverage, derived from the Arabic word qahwa.

Originally the coffee was consumed in religious ceremonies after a medical prescription. Later it was consumed by people who drank  it in their homes or in public places.

Formerly, coffee was considered as medicine to soothe diseases like arthritis, kidney stones, measles, cough, combat nausea and intoxication. In Japan, they believed that it contains substances,  good for the skin. Others also considered coffee as a stimulant, awakening the mind, giving mobility and has rejuvenating actions in general.