History of Coffee


A.D 800


Coffee was first discovered in Northern Africa in an area we know today as Ethiopia. A popular legend refers to a goat herder by name of Kaldi,who observed his goats acting unusually frisky after eating berries from a bush.Curius about this phenomenon, Kaldi tried eating the berries himself. He found that these berries gave him a renewed energy. The news of this energy-laden fruit quickly spread throughout the region.


A.D 1000

Yemen and Southern Arabian peninsula

Arab traders bring coffee back to their homeland and cultivate the plant for the first time on plantations. They also began to boil the beans, creating a drink they call “Qahwa” (literally, that which prevents sleep )



Coffee is introduced to Constantinople by Ottoman Turks.

The Turks were the first people to actually make a drink out of coffee beans, and the world’s first coffee shop, Kiva Han, opened there 22 years laters.



Coffee , introduced to the West by Italian traders, grabs attention in high places. In Italy , Pope Clement VIII is urged by his advisers to consider that favorite drink of the Ottoman Empire ( Turk ) part of the infidel threat. However, he decides to “ baptize “ it instead, making it an acceptable Christian beverage.


Arabia made export beans infertile by parching or boiling, and it is said that no coffee seed sprouted outside Africa or Arabia until the 1600s



When the Dutch smuggled a coffee plant smuggled out of Arabia port of Mocha, they took it to India.



The first coffee seedings are brought from Malabar Coast ( India ) and introduced into Java at Kedawoeng near Batavia, but not long afterward are destroyed by flood. Didn’t give up, VOC ordered the second shipment of coffee seedling in 1699, the managed to harvest for the first time in 1706. Java coffee was born. From the land of Java, the coffee is distributed to Sumatra, Bali and Sulawesi.