Do you ever wonder, just how exactly did we get to where we are? Even in general terms, all technologies and commodities have a start. The wheel, the computer chip, the printing press -- All of these monumental tools had a beginning...
So what was the beginning of Coffee?
Some might argue this tale's credibility, but the story most often told is that coffee all started with an Ethiopian goat farmer named Kaldi.
The story proclaims that one day, Kaldi came upon his heard of goats, who were joyfully jumping and dancing around. Curious as to why, Kaldi noticed that the goats were huddled around a peculiar tree eating strange red fruits.
These red berries where actually coffee "cherries".
It became clear to Kaldi that these fruits were infusing his goats with energy and delight!
Now to be honest, this story may be a fable, an embellished tale or truth, we can't say for sure. What we do know is that for millions of people, and maybe a few goats too, coffee can lead to feeling energized and happy!
What IS true, though is that coffee originated from Africa and from Ethiopia, to Arabia, to Europe and around the world-- coffee has been hailed as a divine gift and desired drink for hundreds of years.
"European travelers to the near East brought back stories of an unusual dark black beverage. By the 17th century, coffee had made its way to Europe and was becoming popular across the continent.
Some people reacted to this new beverage with suspicion or fear, calling it the “bitter invention of Satan.” The local clergy condemned coffee when it came to Venice in 1615. The controversy was so great that Pope Clement VIII was asked to intervene. He decided to taste the beverage for himself before making a decision, and found the drink so satisfying that he gave it papal approval." - The History Of Coffee
But what about Cold-Brew? It seems to be the trendy thing now but in reality Cold-Brew is really, really retro. The ripple effect that Coffee had in Europe went to Dutch traders, to as far as Japan. They called it "Kyoto-Drip" Coffee.
"Kyoto-style coffee, named for its popularity in Kyoto, Japan, is the earliest record of cold-brew coffee. It’s clear that the Japanese were brewing coffee this way in the 1600's, although the record prior to that is unclear. One suggestion speculates that the Japanese may have learned about it from Dutch traders, who would have used it as a way to make coffee that could be carried on their ships." -The History of Cold Brew
It certainly isn't a wonder now -- coffee has had one heck of a journey! We are the embodiment of its progress. Even the culture of coffee, and how people celebrate it has evolved in the last 100 years, and exponentially so in just the last few decades.
Something also interesting to note, is that Coffee is harvested, roasted, ground, brewed and consumed differently all around the world. Coffee is a testament to human ingenuity and it's the 2nd most traded commodity (next to oil) in the world!
Where your coffee is grown also changes the taste profiles so learning a bit about where your coffee beans are from can enhance your enjoyment of this most favorite of drinks.
Coffee from Central America is often more acidic with fruity sweet tones, while blends from Colombia and Peru are mellow, smooth and incredibly strong.
What really changes up the game, is the brewing method. Not all brewing methods are the same! Even how the coffee is ground can impact the flavor.
The unit of measurement for grinding, is called "microns".
Each brew method uses a different grind and produces a different type of drink. Some brew methods produce coffee that is high in acids and oily compounds (which may have negative health impacts), while other brew methods produce coffee that is naturally low in acids and oily compounds. For more information on what's in coffee based on brew methods check out https://bodybrew.com/pages/science.
However you brew, know that coffee has a long history and is getting more and more popular as we move into the future.
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