The Coffee Route from Yemen to London 10th-17th Centuries

The Coffee Route from Yemen to London 10th-17th Centuries

The history of coffee goes at least as far back as the 9th century. From Eastern Africa, coffee spread to Egypt and Yemen. The earliest credible evidence for either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen, where coffee beans were first roasted and brewed, in a similar way to how coffee is now prepared. By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, Persia, Turkey, and northern Africa. From the Muslim world, coffee then spread to Italy, and to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia, and to the Americas. Many think that Muslim food and cuisine are confined to Curry, Biryani, Kebabs, Chapati and sweets such as Kulfi and Baklawa. This article traces the Muslim origins of coffee and its recent Cappuccino variety.

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