Where does coffee as we drink it today come from and how has the drink become a daily wake-up call for so many people in the morning or an enjoyable sip in the afternoon?
Unfortunately, the first cultivation and distribution of coffee are not historically documented. As a result, countless myths, legends and stories entwine around the red, cherry-like fruits that contain the beans known to us as "coffee".
Who would have thought that a monk named Naironus Banesius is considered the first coffee drinker? According to one narrative, he began to study the strange fruits after some shepherds complained. Their goats lived on a meadow where the coffee grew and they wouldn´t come to rest at night. After he had prepared a fragrant brew from the beans, he could suddenly stay awake longer without any problems at a late hour. He came from the region "Kaffa" in the southwest of Ethiopia, which probably gave coffee its name. It was first mentioned there in 900 AD.
In the 15th century the cultivation of coffee began, which until then only grew wild and was mainly used as a remedy. The knowledge about the drink in this time mainly followed travellers in Arabic areas, who were often in Mecca or Medina due to religious reasons and who got to know and appreciate the coffee there. Through a large number of conquests in Arabia by Turkey and detailed descriptions by recognized doctors and physicians, the well-kept knowledge of coffee cultivation finally spread to Europe.
Gradually, in the 17th century, the first coffee houses were built in Venice, Prague, Vienna and Paris. Already at that time people began to experiment with the ingredients and so the "Kapuziner" was born in Austria, coffee with whipped cream. This popular hot drink found its way to Italy during the First World War, where whipped cream was replaced by foamed milk. The cappuccino was invented.
So for more than a century, not much has changed in the world of coffee. The opposite is true, for example, of tea or chocolate, imported products that are now available in almost every form and flavour. We at Maison Gern want to bring more variation also to the world of coffee and combine it with spices and superfoods.
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