Who Invented Coffee & Coffee Clubs

It may seem strange but coffee hasn’t been around forever! In fact it was not discovered until around 600AD in the Middle East. It came to Europe in the 16th Century. In the 500 since it came to Europe, it has spread around the world and become an international trade.

Every morning, after I peel open each eyelid, I offer a silent thank you to the genius who invented coffee. We know where it came from, but not who actually had the brilliant idea to grind up the beans and make a drink. I’m not what you-or anyone else-would call a morning person . The man who invented coffee. Do not misunderstand me, I am not a coffee addict.


Given that Austria more or less invented coffee houses, this seems to be bringing coals to Newcastle. I mentioned this to my hosts, and they said Starbucks competed through offering services the incumbent coffee/pastry places didn’t, such as takeout services. Given how little value the stuff has at the intermediate stages, how did we ever get to the final product? I’m seriously befuddled by human ingenuity.

Were you aware of how popular coffee is? It is the most consumed beverage by people all over the world. Dozen of different countries now grow and produces dozens of different varieties of coffee. Coffee Clubs, like Gevalia Coffee have become increasingly popular.

When talking about where coffee originated, it appears as though it got its start in Abyssinia and the area around the Red Sea about 1300 years ago. Record from that time period reveal instances of coffee berry pulp being used for rituals and as a health tonic.

Coffee began to spread when Arabs began growing it about 900 years ago after being exposed to it through trade. The Arabs used coffee to make a drink called gahwa, which means “to prevent sleep”. They made this drink by first roasting the coffee bean and then boiling it in water.

When Arabs traveled and traded, coffee went along. It was through their travels that coffee ended up in India, North Africa, and the eastern Mediterranean. But the Arabs didn’t let anyone else grow it. They only traded prepared beans and heavily guarded the coffee plants. It was many years before coffee beans were eventually smuggled out to other countries.

The first coffee shop opened in 1475 in Constantinople. In 1554, coffee arrived in Turkey. About 2 years after that, two coffee houses opened there. They proved to be very popular places for people to gather, with customers socializing, listening to music, playing games and, of course, drinking coffee.

It was in the 1600s that coffee entered Europe through the port of Venice in Italy. Later in that century that the first coffee houses were established in England. Coffee houses were often referred to as “penny universities” because it cost a penny to come in and have a cup of coffee and because of the intellectual conversations that took place there.

Some interesting coffee trivia:

  • The first espresso machine was invented in Italy.
  • It was the Hills Brothers who first began packing and transporting roasted coffee in vacuum tins. This eventually caused the demise of local roasting shops and coffee mills.
  • It was a Japanese-American chemist by the name of Satori Kato who invented the first instant coffee in Chicago.
  • Gevalia was introduced in 1920 in Sweden by the trading company Victor Theodore Engwall & Co. Most Gevalia Coffee is sold in Sweden, Denmark and the Baltic region. Membership in the Gevalia Coffee Club has been growing every year since it was started.
  • The United States imports 70 percent of the world’s coffee crop.
  • The name Cappuccino comes from the color, which resembles the color of the robes worn by Capuchin monks.
  • The first Starbucks was opened in Seattle’s Pike Place public market in 1971.

Today, we have many different styles, grinds, and flavors of coffee. Coffee is more popular than ever. Billions of cups of coffee are consumed world-wide every year. Researchers are even discovering that consuming coffee can even have some health benefits. So drink and enjoy!

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