Tuesday, January 26, 2010

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Coffee and it's history

"A beverage as black as ink, useful against numerous illnesses, particularly those of the
stomach. Its consumers take it in the morning, quite frankly, in a porcelain cup
that is passed around and from which each one drinks a cupful. It is composed of
water & the fruit from a bush called bunnu." -  Leonhard Rauwolf

Coffee is one of the well-known beverages in the whole world. I, for one, loved coffee especially early in the morning. I love drinking coffee in cold weather too.
Coffee helps my digestive system works easily and properly. It keeps my
metabolism in good form. I have a regular waste discharge everyday because of
coffee. So since people still keep telling me to reduce coffee because it is not
good for the health, join me in learning the truths in this topic - coffee.

Coffee originated from Ethiopian province called Kaffa. Although there s still
controversy where it does originated. From Ethiopia, it spread it different
countries in Muslim area. Its popularity boost during the rise of Islam, since
alcohol was outlawed in this religion, coffee was adopted as an acceptable
drink. They called it gahwa which is the old Arab word for wine.
Initially, it was only drank by Arab Sufi monks, but by later years, it was
being consumed by everybody in Islamic world.

From Muslim countries, the seeds of coffee beans was planted in India. These trees are the parents of most coffee trees in the world today. Until now, this part of India
still produces quality coffee beans.

Coffee spread to Italy. The thriving trade between Venice and the Muslims of
North Africa, Egypt, and the Middle East brought many African goods, including this
Merchant introduced this coffee to the wealthy people in
Venice charging heavily for it and introduced it in Europe. It became more
widely accepted after Pope Clement VIII deemed it an acceptable Christian
beverage in 1600 despite the appeals to ban the Muslim drink .

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