I don't know about you, but I love coffee. Coffee can have a taste of richness or even sweetness, it all depends on the flavor. Some like their coffee black while others prefer cream and/or sugar. I'm one of the later-I enjoy some cream and sugar in mine. Although, I have been told, "If you want to grow hair on your chest, drink it straight black!" Well, I don't necessarily care for hair on my chest, so I will keep my cream and sugar, thank you.
Fun Coffee Facts
According to some research performed by Google back in 2012, about 50% of Americans drink coffee each day. Although, that is just America-I am sure at least 50% or more of the world enjoy a cup of "joe" sometime throughout the day. With some simple math, that 50% of Americans equals almost 330 millions cups. (*source: blog.fairwaymarket.com/2012/12/coffee-geography-where-does-your-coffee-come-from/).
Who First Used Coffee?
Coffee itself, goes all the way back to the 13th century, as stated on Wikipedia. Some of the first natives who used coffee were in Ethiopia or Kenya. The Arabs cultivated coffee in the 14th century. In the 15th century, the knowledge of the coffee tree was in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen. Then, finally, in the 16th century, the coveted coffee had spread to the rest of the middle east, Turkey, Persia and northern Africa. After that, the beverage caught on, and it spread to Italy, Balkans, the rest of Europe and Indonesia. Last of all, it made its appearance to the Americas.
Coffee is Forbidden
In 1554, in Constantinople, the first coffee house and warehouses were opened. The bean was first exported from Ethiopia to Yemen. Yemeni traders took the beans back to their homeland so that they could cultivate them. Coffee was actually forbidden back in 1511, because of its stimulating effect, although the ban was overturned in 1524. Then another similar ban was issued in 1532, in Cairo, Egypt, and coffee warehouses that had coffee beans were sacked.
Cream and sugar
Some people finally got over the "stimulating effects" that coffee contained, and the first "real coffee house," was actually opened in Vienna, Austria in 1683. It was opened after the Battle of Vienna and supplies from the spoils that were obtained after defeating the Turks were used. The Polish officer, Jerzy Franciszek Kulczycki, who received the coffee beans, was the one to open the coffee house. He was the one who introduced adding sugar and milk to coffee.
Recent Coffee History
In recent history, Coffee was the top export in agriculture in 2004 and the world's seventh largest export in 2005. Unroasted (or green coffee) is the world's most traded agricultural commodity. And, FYI, on September 29th in America, it is "National Coffee Day." (*Source: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coffee)