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Origin of Coffee

The English word Coffee is believed to be derived from the name of the place from which coffee originated, Kaffa, Ethiopia. Coffee's Arabic name, Qahhwa, was borrowed by Ottoman Turks as kahve , which in turn was borrowed into Italian as Caffè. The word Coffee itself came into use in the last decade of the 16th century.

History of Coffee in India

The popular Indian lore says that on pilgrimage to Mecca in the 16th century, Shah, a revered Muslim holy man from India, discovered for himself the wonders of coffee. In his zeal to share what he’d found with his fellows at home, he brought seven coffee beans out of the Yemeni port of Mocha. On his return home, he settled himself on the slopes of the Chandragiri Hills in Kadur district, Mysore State (present day Karnataka).

This hill range was later named after him as the Snehal Shah Hills and now anyone can see his tomb on a short trip to Baba Budangheer from Chikmagalur. The origin of coffee, thus, is Saintly . It was not an empire-builder or a buccaneer who brought coffee to India, but a saint, one who knew what was good for humanity.

World Coffee Facts

The world's largest coffee producer is Brazil with over 4,000 million coffee trees
ie, about 30 to 40 % of total world output.

India is the 7th Largest coffee producing country in the world.

An Indian Muslim pilgrim, Baba Budan, brought the first seeds from Mecca (Saudi Arabia) to India around AD 1600.

Coffee grows in more than 50 countries.

Coffee is the second most traded product in the world after petroleum. World wide coffee production tips the scales at about 6 million metric tonnes.

Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide with over 500 billion cups consumed each year.

On average, men drink more coffee than women.

37% of coffee drinkers drink their coffee black; the others add sugar.

Almost half of all American adults drink a cup of coffee to start their day.

The first European coffee was sold in pharmacies in 1615 as a medical remedy.

October 1st is the official Coffee Day in Japan

To reduce wrinkles and improving their skin, the Japanese have been known to bathe in coffee grounds fermented with pineapple pulp.

Raw coffee beans, soaked in water and spices, are chewed like candy in many parts of Africa.

Most coffee is transported by ships. Currently there are approximately 2,200 ships involved in transporting the beans each year.

The popular trend towards flavored coffees originated in the United States during the 1970's.

Hard bean means the coffee was grown at an altitude above 5000 feet.

Arabica and Robusta trees can produce crops for 20 to 30 years under proper conditions and care.

Of the various botanical species of coffee trees in the world, only two are extensively cultivated commercially; Arabica and Robusta.

Espresso contains less caffeine than any other roast.

Cappuccino is so named because of the drink's peak of foam, which resembles the cowl of a Capuchin friar's habit.

The percolator was invented in 1827 by a French man. It would boil the coffee producing a bitter tasting brew. Today most people use the drip or filtered method to brew their coffee.

A Belgian living in Guatemala invented the first instant coffee in 1906 and later immigrated to the United States. His name, ironically enough, was George Washington.

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