Origins and history


The history of coffee has legendary origins, but probably its energizing properties were discovered in Ethiopia where a goat shepherd noticed that the animals became restless after eating berries and leaves of an unknown plant. Trying to toast, grinding and infusing them, discovered a new drink: coffee.


Around the fifteenth century, this drink quickly spread throughout the Arabian Peninsula, following a various invasions. Between the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries the coffee arrived in Europe and shortly the first coffee shops were opened in all major European cities as a place of consumption and a meeting of artists. Today coffee is one of the most popular and beloved pleasures in the world, so that each country has developed different ways of preparing and consuming it, depending on local uses and consumption.