Muslims are forbidden by their religion to consume alcoholic beverages. The discovery of these dark coloured beans (coffee) proved to be a suitable substitute. The 15th century Arabs was quick to realize the potential of coffee and soon began to cultivate it in the Yemeni district of Arabia. By the 16th century coffee had spread to Turkey, Egypt, Persia and Syria.
Do you know that the very first coffee houses were known as “qahveh khaneh” and they first appeared in towns in the near East? These houses soon became popular gossip hubs as people found the drink stimulating and engaging. See coffee beans Perth.
Europe discovers coffee
Travelers circulated stories of the delicious beverage in Arab and by 17th century Europeans had also managed to start the coffee trade. Though there were religious fundamentalists who opposed the growing popularity of the drink, even naming it “invention of the Satan” Pope Clement viii intervened, tasted the drink himself and nodded his approval to the Papal.
Coffee beans quickly spread to all major cities of Germany, Holland, England, Austria and France. Penny universities where students could purchase a cup of coffee for a penny and engage in stimulating conversation sprang up.
By mid 17th century there were more than 300 coffee houses in London. It is said that tea was the favourite drink of America till the revolt “Boston Tea Party” which changed America’s preference to Coffee. So this was how coffee beans conquered the world.
Darker roasts like French or Italian versions have the maximum benefits as it restores the antioxidant Vitamin E and glutathione levels rapidly. Dark roasted coffee beans have a substance which triggers off production of N- methylprynidinium and stops acid formation in the stomach.