Do you know where is coffee originally from?! You know, most people would probably give a wrong answer like Brazil, Italy or Turkey.
Maybe the right answer will surprise you but the coffee is originally from Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is a country located in the Horn of Africa. Even today we can find a wild bush with green berries there – a plant called coffee. Even though it may sound silly, this precious plant was originally just a simple green bush growing in the wild.
Today we can’t find Ethiopia on the coffee production map, but Ethiopians were using it centuries and centuries ago. In fact, they had their own unique ways of coffee use.
The most common way of use at that time was consuming coffee as food!
They would grind raw coffee beans, mix them with water, animal fat and spices. From this mixture they would form small balls. These coffee balls were good energy and nutritional source during long hunting or battles.
Second recipe Ethiopians used (this one includes liquid) was wine made from coffee. The preparation of this wine was not very complicated – they would put dried raw beans in the water and leave them to ferment. We can assume this was a true delicacy in their time.
Many years after this, the Arabians took coffee seed from Ethiopia and started a new chapter in the history of coffee.
From food to famous drink
Although the homeland of the coffee plant is Ethiopia, the most important contribution to coffee culture was given by the Arabians. If it was not for them, coffee as we know it today, probably wouldn’t be in our cups right now.
The Arabian role in the history of coffee is of great value for two reasons.
First, because of their efforts in coffee production, they have changed coffee status from a wild bush to expensive and desired product.
Second, they invented completely new process of coffee preparation: they would first roast coffee beans, grind them and prepare it with hot water.
The result of this process was hot, aromatic drink we all love today. Although this process was invented in the 15th century it was so perfect that it still hasn’t changed a bit.
Espresso, mocha, instant, Irish…
For centuries, people were moving from one continent to another, bringing their own stories, culture and recipes. And each time, some old traditional recipe would get some new characteristics or ingredients depending on the culture of the particular country a recipe was brought to. For example, pizza is different in Italy and USA. It is the same with coffee.
So, in order to complete the answer to the question “Where is coffee originally from” we can not forget to mention the origin of most common coffee types.
Espresso and cappuccino
Espresso was prepared in Italy for the first time. The story of espresso coffee and all its relatives (espresso is base for each one of them), is much more related to the preparation process than for the coffee itself. This is because you can’t make an espresso coffee without a proper espresso machine.
The history of espresso started when Italian Angelo Moriondo made his first patent for espresso machine in 1884. The patent was improved by Luigi Bezzera in 1901. and this was the first espresso coffee machine.
Desidero Pavoni decided to buy the rights to Bezzera’s coffee machine and in year 1905, he made the first cup of espresso coffee. Today Bezzera and La Pavoni are the world’s most famous espresso machine manufacturers.
Irish coffee was invented in the town of Foynes, Ireland in 1940. by Daveina Davidson. This recipe, was brought to America by Stanton Delaplane. He tried to recreate the process of making Irish coffee, with bar owners Jack Koeppler and George Feeberg and in 1952. they finally made first Irish coffee on American soil.
Frappé was invented in 1957. in Greece by a man called Dimitris Vankodios. Many people confuse the origin of this coffee because of its French name (frappé means chilled, iced), but it’s still a true Greek recipe.
According to some records, first instant coffee was made by scientist Satori Kato in USA, in 1901. But, the person who is officially an inventor of instant coffee is Belgian emigrant Gorge Constant Louis Washington. In the year 1906. he invented this revolutionary coffee drink and he started the mass production of this coffee in 1910. One thing is for sure, the homeland of instant coffee is USA.