Coffee is one of the most beloved drinks in the world, and its history is as fascinating as its flavor. It all began centuries ago in the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau, where legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. Some historians attribute the discovery to Moroccan Sufi sheikh Al-Shadhili, who noticed that certain birds were eating seeds followed by an unusual burst of energy. After tasting the seeds himself, he experienced similar vigor and was the first man to discover the power of caffeine. Believed to have originated in Ethiopia, coffee was used in the Middle East in the 16th century to aid concentration.
It quickly spread around the world, becoming the second most traded product in the world, behind only oil. In 1876, coffee seedlings were smuggled out of the Middle East by Sufi Baba Budan from Yemen to the Indian subcontinent. Alfred Peet then brought his family's crafts to California and opened Peet's Coffee in 1966. Omar, an exiled man on the verge of starvation, is also credited with discovering coffee. After finding red fruits of the coffee plant, he tried to eat them and experienced a burst of energy.
In 1672, an Armenian named Pascal established a coffee stand in Paris that was ultimately unsuccessful. It wasn't until 1689 when Procopio Cutò opened Café Procope that Paris had its first successful coffee shop. In 1982, Howard Schultz joined Starbucks as its marketing director and America's coffee journey began with the Boston Tea Party and American Revolution. Brazil became the largest coffee producer in 1822 and has remained so to this day. A commercial establishment that sells ready-made coffee drinks is known as a coffee shop or coffee shop. Meta-analyses have consistently found that long-term coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson's disease.
Coffee is a drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries of certain flowering plants of the genus Coffea.