This Thursday the 29th of September is officially “National Coffee Day”, which is celebrated in the USA and many other coffee-loving countries. This week is also referred to as National Coffee Week, and people are asked to take a “coffee break“. In
celebration of this worthy day, we at La Buena Vida in The Hague located at Fahrenheitstraat 582 will honor this historic beverage by offering our clients their own Coffee Break this Thursday with the first coffee at half price!
According to Wikipedia:
The word “coffee” entered English in 1598 via Dutch koffie, borrowed from Turkish kahve, in turn borrowed from Arabic qahwa, a truncation of qahhwat al-bun ‘wine of the bean’. A possible origin of the name is the Kingdom of Kaffa in Ethiopia, where the coffee plant originated; its name there is bunn or bunna.
So, where did coffee come from exactly and how did it become so very popular? Some early stories of the origin of coffee trace back to the 9th century and an Ethiopian goatherder, named Kaldi. He noticed the stimulating effects that the coffee berries had on his goats when they ate them and he then began to experiment with the berries. He also brought the berries to a Muslim holy man in a nearby monastery for discussion. But when the holy man disapproved of their use and threw them into the fire, an enticing aroma arose and the holy men came. The roasted beans were taken from the embers,crushed, and dissolved in hot water, yielding the world’s first cup of coffee.
A century later, coffee began to be roasted and traded by Arabs. The beans entered Indian and European markets and the first coffee shop opened in Constantinople in 1475. The popularity of coffee took off and began to grow at an exponential rate.
The Dutch history of coffee also has significant roots according to Wikipedia:
The race among Europeans to make off with some live coffee trees or beans was eventually won by the Dutch in the late 17th century, when they allied with the natives of Kerala against the Portuguese and brought some live plants back from Malabar to Holland, where they were grown in greenhouses. The Dutch began growing coffee at their forts in Malabar, India, and in 1699 took some to Batavia in Java, in what is now Indonesia. Within a few years the Dutch colonies (Java in Asia, Surinam in Americas) had become the main suppliers of coffee to Europe.
Today, more 400 billion cups of coffee are consumed each year. It is a world commodity that is second only to oil. Hot, iced, flavored, decaf, espresso, cappuccino, or latte macchiato, there are many ways to enjoy your coffee.
Please live a little La Buena Vida this week, by dropping into our shop for your own Coffee Break on Thursday!
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