A brief history of coffee

A brief history of coffee
Living in Portugal

I woke up today, made my usual chocolate and coffee protein shake, sat down at my computer, and thought about what to write about.

The three major attributes that make humans the most dominant species in the world all revolve around coffee.

The contralateral thumb is the first important attribute, and as you might think, chimpanzees have contralateral thumbs too! And the answer is simple. The main difference between them and us is that we use our thumbs to brew coffee.

A second important attribute that makes us humans the dominant species is intellectual curiosity. Studies show that coffee boosts brain health by reducing the risk of diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, and as we all know, coffee boosts energy levels and helps keep us curious. It allows us to explore the unique properties of

Additionally, coffee improves heart and liver health, aids in weight management, and reduces the risk of type 2 diabetes and depression.

Finally, a third important attribute is the ability to gossip. And what do you do when you want to catch up with someone? You invite them for coffee. I rest my case.

Coffee actually has an interesting history. There are many legends about who first discovered coffee, but my favorite is that of an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi. He was the first to discover the effects of coffee when a few goats ate cherries from wild coffee shrubs and are said to have become more energetic than others in the herd.

He then tried the cherries himself and took them to a nearby monastery to share his findings. But the monks dismissed his story and threw the cherry into the fire. After a while, a rich aroma began to fill the room, so I gathered the roasted beans (also known as cherry seeds), ground them, and added boiling water. .

Entrance to “A Brasileira” in Lisbon

In fact, the first coffee trees came from Ethiopia. There, the tribe’s warriors would grind coffee his cherries together and combine them with animal fats to create a mixture that would give them energy while hunting.

After that, around 15:00th In the 19th century, coffee cherries were imported to Yemen, where Sufi monasteries used coffee as an aid to staying focused during long prayers. Coffee was first grown on a large scale.

by 16th In the 19th century, coffee was introduced to Europe by Turkish slaves on the island of Malta and merchants in Venice, and over the next 100 years hundreds of coffee shops opened around Italy.

by the end of 16th In the 19th century, coffee became available in Britain and by the mid-17thth century, it arrived in France.

Since coffee is native to equatorial Africa, it is best grown in the tropics, so for the first time since the Age of Discovery, coffee cultivation began outside of Arabia. The Dutch were the first to successfully introduce coffee plantations in one of their colonies (Java, Indonesia), and the French were the first to plant coffee plantations in the Americas.

By 1727, coffee had reached Brazil, facilitating slave labor until the late 1800s. From there it was introduced to the former Portuguese colonies of Sao Tome and Principe, Cape Verde and Angola.

Inspired by the rest of Europe, the first public cafes appeared in Portugal in the 18th century, it soon became a common space for many intellectual, artistic and literary gatherings.

Today there are several variations and different ways of serving a cup of coffee. However, in Portugal, when you order a coffee, you get an espresso. Espresso is a relatively modern invention compared to coffee’s rich history, and the machines used were first invented in Italy at the turn of the 20th century. Or it is sometimes called “Cimbalino”.

“Bica” is used in Lisbon and southern Portugal and is said to have originated from one of Lisbon’s oldest and most iconic cafes, A Brasileira, in Chiado.

When coffee first arrived in Portugal, people were not used to its bitterness. Especially when compared to the beloved port wine. To get more people to drink the coffee, the cafe put up a sign outside saying “Bebe Isto Com Açúcar”. Over time, the acronym has become a common term for coffee.

Meanwhile, Porto’s Ancora Douro (commonly known as ‘O Piolho’) is the first cafe in northern Portugal to purchase an Italian espresso machine ‘La Chimbali’. Thanks to that machine, the general term for coffee in the region became ‘Cimbalino’.

Coffee is one of the most consumed beverages in the world today. After the Boston Tea Party and his War of 1812, coffee became America’s national drink and its popularity grew even more.

To sum up the facts, since coffee was planted in Brazil, the country has become the world’s largest coffee producer and has remained so for the past 150 years.

Finally, and even more bizarre fact, coffee is so popular in Japan that you can often go to coffee spas and soak in huge pools of coffee. It’s time for

To Jay Costa Owen


Jay recently graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts in Lisbon. Jay’s interests are exploring new cultures through photography and the myths, legends and histories that define them.

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