Monday, April 2, 2012


The History of Today's Gourmet Coffee

Executive summary about The history gourmet coffee By Mimi Naghshineh

Think about the last cup of coffee you drank. Was it a gourmet coffee blend from Starbucks Coffee? According to the International Coffee Organization's Executive Director, the amount of coffee consumed worldwide throughout 2009 reached roughly 132 million bags. Of those avid coffee drinkers, most will admit knowing very little about the history and origin of the tantalizing beverage.

The roasted beans were then raked from the glowing embers, ground, and dissolved in hot water, creating the world's first cup of coffee.
Although this tale has emerged as an entertaining speculation, the earliest credible evidence of either knowledge of the coffee tree or coffee drinking comes from mid-fifteenth century southern Arabia in the Sufi monasteries around Mocha (or Mokha), Yemen. In 1587 Abd al-Qadir al-Jazirir, who may be considered one of the most important early coffee writers, compiled a work tracing the history and legal controversies of coffee. Historians place the first established coffeehouse in Constantinople (today's Istanbul).

Coffee-drinking was introduced as something prestigious to wealthy Venetians which, in turn, allowed merchants to charge heavily. Coffee's popularity in Europe continued to grow and then, in 1645, the first European coffeehouse was opened in Venice.

Shortly after the opening of this coffeehouse in Venice, the first English coffeehouse, Oxford's Queen's Lane Coffee House, was established. Coffee continued to spread like wildfire throughout Europe. Some fifty years later there were nearly 20,000 coffee trees on the island. In the meantime, coffee had made its way to Brazil by around 1727. A man named Francisco de Mello Palheta was sent to French Guinea by the Emperor of Brazil with strict instructions to obtain viable seeds. Coffee continued to grow and spread throughout South and then Central America until it finally reached North America during the Colonial period. When the British cut off access to tea imports during the War of 1812, Americans' taste for coffee grew. That paired with the amplified demand during the American Civil War and brewing technological advances, later followed by prohibition, sealed coffee's fate as an everyday commodity in the United States.

Today there are numerous blends, brands and brews that range from instant to premium or gourmet coffee. Some of the top-selling national brands are Maxwell House and Folgers Coffee while the premium names include Starbucks Coffee and Caribou Coffee.

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