Legend and history intertwines when it comes to owning up as to who discovered the wonder beverage “Coffee” and introduced it to the world as it is one of the largest selling and most popular drinks around the world. The Oromo people from the Kaffa region in Ethiopia are laying claim to finding this wonder drink, but there is no concrete evidence to substantiate that claim and is only considered as a legend in that part of the world.
There are folklores as to what the real incidents were that made us discover that this green bean that turns brown when roasted gives such an invigorating kick inside us which is not intoxicating but just invigorating. Coffee is today cultivated in more than 70 countries worldwide, and most are limited to the Americas, Africa and South East Asia with most of these countries relying on coffee exports to run their economy. Coffee is also one of the largest legal exports of the world and if there is a collapse in the world coffee market, many people around the world will lose their livelihood.
What is coffee?
Coffee is a brewed beverage derived from roasted coffee beans of the Coffea plant and the popularity of this drink can be attributed to its stimulating effect due to the presence of caffeine which is perfect for an extra boost of energy after a tiring day’s work, for relaxation or to stay up a little longer.
There are two predominate coffee bean varieties available namely “Coffee Robusta” and ‘Coffee Arabica” of which Arabica is more common and universally accepted as being better in quality as opposed to Robusta coffees.
In addition to the flavor and quality of the beans, the superiority of a cup of coffee is determined by how it is brewed and there are different ways that it could be brewed and prepared which has been mastered by people in various parts of the world.
Europeans would like their coffee prepared in their own way which would be different to the way the Chinese would drink their coffee, though they are not very ardent drinkers of the brew compared to the Europeans and the Americans. Though of Chinese origin Jackie Chang famously once said “Coffee is a language in itself” It is known that the complexities surrounding this beverage is plentiful nonetheless invigorating.
Unlike any other natural beverage like for instance tea, the preparation of coffee is mind boggling to say the least because of the different ways it could be brewed, consumed and enjoyed. Coffee can be brewed in a myriad of ways depending on the way water is incorporated in the process and if not brewed correctly, the taste will be dramatically altered. Hence many coffee lovers prefer to employ the services of a coffee maker a very simple contraption that would dispense an invigorating cup of coffee at the press of a lever.
One of the main benefits of a coffee maker is convenience where the process relies in adding water into the reservoir, which is heated through an aluminum tube and an instant cup of coffee is dispensed. The boiling water flows and meets evenly spread coffee beans where it deliciously amalgamates to confer a “fine brew” which is very popular at places where many people look for a cup of coffee at various times convenient to them.
Innovation is what has brought our world new things and brewing the best coffee is just one of them because since we began enjoying our cup of coffee, we have been finding new ways to brew it. We have come out with some great ideas and Espresso is just one of them, but is today in the forefront with coffee lovers longing to hold a cup of it in their hand.
Procuring the best at the most attractive price would need some delving into the nitty-gritty of coffee making especially with Espresso which is fast becoming the popular brew among the young as well as the old.
Europe did not taste coffee until the late 17th century and knew about only from the travelers who crossed over to the Middle East and Africa. These countries kept coffee under wraps and a well know secret to many but was sent out of these countries only after being boiled so that it was not grown elsewhere.
It would be interesting to note that it took one man Sufi Baba Budan a Yemeni to smuggle just seven coffee beans strapped on to his chest out of those countries which were grown in Mysore, India from where they ultimately found its way into Europe and other countries.
Today there are about 2.25 billion cups of coffee being consumed in the world every day and that is out of a population of seven billion people and that alone says much about coffee regarding its impact and demand on the world economy.
It would also be a very interesting factor to note that coffee is cultivated in developing countries all of which are not considered super rich countries. These developing countries rely on the super rich countries very much because the majority of coffee consumption is in the developed rich countries.
Europeans and North Americans consume a lot of coffee compared to those in the East who are more tea drinkers and with tea in direct competition with coffee, the chances of it moving into the East are slim at the moment.