How coffee has conquered the world

Despite numerous researchers seeking to discover the exact origin of coffee, there are still doubts. It is believed that the home of coffee is Africa, in the area of present-day Ethiopia. Written data supporting the use of coffee in the monasteries of southern Arabia as a beverage date from the 15th century.

The most famous legend, which talks about the discovery of coffee, is about shepherd Kaldo, who noticed that his goats were very lively after eating the red fruits. The shepherd, he himself curious, tasted the fruits and noticed that they gave him strength. He shared his knowledge with the priests in the monastery and with them he picked, dried and drank a beverage that gave them energy.

The coffee trade started out of Mecca and soon expanded worldwide. During the 15th century, coffee was transferred to Yemen, and this country is considered to be the first place where coffee was grown and brewed. In the mid-16th century, coffee came to other countries in the Far East. Through Turkey, merchants brought coffee to Venice, France, England, Vienna and North America. A large number of people quickly embraced coffee, including writers of that time (Voltaire, Balzac), composers (J .S. Bach), numerous statesmen and other noblemen.

The popularity of coffee in Europe and its spread throughout the surrounding countries has not bypassed Croatia. In Croatia, coffee begun to be consumed slightly later than in other European cities. Coffee came to Croatia thanks to enterprising immigrants from the Central Europe who started selling it in their stores. Initially, coffee was available only to the upper classes of society, and became available to other citizens between the two world wars.

Today, coffee is available all over the world, and it is equally enjoyed on every continent.