Coffee drinking was first noted in Yemen
It likely originated on the Horn of Africa spreading rapidly throughout the Middle East from trade routes in the fifteenth century.
Coffee houses were intellectual hubs!
Coffee houses in Europe were seen as local hotspots for wealthy individuals, where they could discuss politics and exchange ideas.
Johann Sebestian Bach wrote a cantata for coffee
The cantata is about a woman trying to overcome her addiction to coffee! She sings: ‘’Ah! How sweet coffee tastes, more delicious than a thousand kisses, milder than muscatel wine.’’
Allegedly Pope Clement VIII baptised coffee in this year, making the drink socially acceptable for Catholics to consume.
Charles II, King of Scotland, England and Ireland attempted to ban coffee but the bill luckily did not pass through Parliament.
John Aikenhead was selling freshly made coffee from his coffee house on the docks in Waterford.