COFFEE FOR ALL
The coffee phenomenon is spreading like wildfire.
Coffee has now become the most consumed beverage worldwide, second only to water.
It is grown in over 50 countries, yet, interestingly, not grown anywhere on the mainland U.S., though It is, however, cultivated on the island of Hawaii, where the famous Kona Coffee is grown.
This passion for coffee has caught on all over Asia as well.
Tea has historically been the traditional drink preferred by Asian people, but nowadays, Korea, Taiwan, and even Cambodia have become hooked on a java jones. Trendy espresso cafes are mushrooming throughout cities like Seoul, Phnom Penh, and Taipai.
Japan is now the World’s 3rd largest consumer. Viet Nam has taken the honor of becoming number 2 exporter of coffee on the International market.
Brazil, however, still leads the way as the largest producer, supplying one third of the entire world’s coffee.
Every year 400 billion cups, or, roughly 2.25 billion cups per day, are consumed by Humans in all parts of the globe. Folks enjoy the lift they get from their Caffeine, and this daily ritual is carried out by countless millions who seek the taste and aroma of their favorite brew. It seems that everywhere people have fallen in love with this dark seductive elixer.
It’s a hip lifestyle. The coffee establishments of today are ambient air conditioned hangouts for the wi-fi generation to lounge and track their blogs and tweets, while sipping custom Cappuccinos and Americanas. Starbucks, for example, has recently made plans to increase the number of shops in China from 500 to 2500 by the year 2015.
Coffee is serious business. How serious? Consider this: Oil is the most heavily traded product in the world and what comes second? You guessed it.
But how did all this come about? As legend would have it, coffee originated in Ethiopia , around 900 A.D. A sheepherder named Kaldi one day noticed his goats behaving strangely. They seemed unusually energetic and he wondered why they danced happily.
Kali discovered that the goats were eating berries from the shrubs that grew nearby. He decided to try them for himself. After eating a handful of the cherries he also felt euphoric.
The local Monk was intrigued by this and concocted a drink from boiling the berries in water. It was bitter to taste and he gave up, throwing the leftover berries in the fire. But when he smelled the delicious aroma from the burned beans it became obvious that roasting was the key.
Whether or not this old tale is accurate, it seems apparent that coffee consumption began in Northern Africa and from there continued to evolve to Yemen and Egypt.
Sufis in Yemen were in the habit of using it regularly at their monestaries. It became very popular in Turkey, during the 13th century, where it was more refined by roasting and grinding the beans to produce the drink that is close to what we are familiar with today.
The Arab nations used coffee for centuries and, by the 1700’s coffee became the rage in European countries, particularly France and Italy.
From there it made it’s way to America. Coffee seeds were smuggled into Brazil from Paris in 1732.It was grown there on a wide scale and very soon became wildly popular in the United States where, today, 53%of Americans are coffee drinkers
MANY PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED WITH THEIR HEALTH AND UNDERSTAND THE BENEFITS OF DRINKING ORGANIC COFFEE , AS WELL AS KNOWING THE IMPACT OF TOXIC FERTILIZERS AND PESTICIDES ON THE ENVIRONMENT. ORGANIC COFFEE IS ANOTHER OPTION FOR PEOPLE THAT WANT TO GO ORGANIC AND BELIEVE THEY CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE ON THE PLANET.