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Introduction to Coffee

Theword “Coffee” derives from a small town called Kaffa in Ethiopia. In Greece,“Kaweh” means “power and passion”. Coffee, tea and cocoa are called as thethree beverage plants in the world.

Coffee tree is originated in Ethiopia. It belongs to Rubiacea. Itis tropical and subtropical evergreen small tree or shrub. Its leaf looks likea long egg. Its flowers are white. It bears dark red berry. It is divided intocoffea arabica, coffea canephora, and coffea liberica. Its seeds can be used tomake drinks that can refresh people after being cooked and ground into power.

Thedaily drinkable coffee is made from coffee beans, pips inside the fruits ofcoffee trees, baked with the use of various boilers in an appropriate way.

Coffee is a beverage made of powdery coffee bean with boilingwater. It tastes bitter but has a special fragrance. It is one of the mainbeverages in the west world. It is originated in the tropical zone in Africa.Today, coffee tree is grown in Yunnan, Guangdong Provinces and other provincesin China. The seed of the coffee tree is called “coffee bean”, which can beused to make a beverage (coffee) after being cooked and ground into powder.

The famous coffee brand includes Gloria Jean’s Coffees, blackivory coffee, Kopi Luwak, blue mountain coffee, Taiwan Alishan MaFeel coffee,Turandot coffee, Mocha, Sumatra Mandheling coffee, Hawaii Kona coffee,“Brazils”, Cafe de Colombia, Kenyan AA coffee, Harar coffee, coffee ofGuatemala Antiqua, coffee of Yauco Puerto Rico and others.

Foreign names:

English: Coffee

French: Café


The first coffee tree in the world is discovered at the horn ofAfrica. Local indigenous tribes often grind the coffee fruits into powder andkneaded it together with the animal fat to make spherical balls. They treatthese coffee balls as precious food to be eaten by soldiers to go out tobattle.

At that time, people could not figure out why coffee eaters becameexcited, because they had no idea about the excitement of coffee. On thecontrary, they thought that was coffee eaters’ religious fanaticism. Because ofits mystery, coffee became exclusive goods for priest and doctor. People havedifferent stories about the origin of coffee. But the most common and popularstory is about a shepherd. It is said that a shepherd finds by chance that hissheep become very active, he figures out his sheep behave in a funny and weirdway, because they eat a kind of red fruit. So he tries to take some these redfruits to home and boil them, and unexpectedly, they give out fragrance and thejuice can refresh people. Since then, such a fruit is treated as a refreshingbeverage and is received very well.

In the ancient times, Arabs took the coffee juice as the stomachmedicine after drying coffee beans and boiling them at first, because theythought that such juice might be helpful for digestion. But later, they foundthat coffee could refresh them. In the meanwhile, coffee replaced the alcoholicbeverage to become a common refreshing beverage, for Islamic doctrineprohibited believers from drinking alcohol. After the 15th century,Muslims who made pilgrimage to the Holy Land - Mecca continuously broughtcoffee to their residential place, thus causing coffee to be brought to Egypt,Syria, Iran, Turkey and other countries. Due to the Ottoman Empire in Turkey,coffee appeared in the Continental Europe. Because when the army of Osmanliliking to have coffee finally withdrew, they left a great number of suppliesincluding the coffee beans, after they settled in the Continental Europe formany years. People living in Vienna and Paris have developed European coffeeculture with these coffee beans and the cooking experience from Turks. The originalnature of war is attacked and damaged, but it brings the integration of cultureby chance, which is unexpected to rulers.

It is the well-known coffee with a history of three hundred yearsin the western world, but in the eastern world, coffee has been a kind ofbeverage popular to all the walks of life in society in earlier ages. The mostaccurate time when coffee appeared for the first time is in the 8thcentury BC. But a kind of beverage, mysterious, black, bitter and exciting, hasbeen contained in the works of Homer (A Greek poet, the time of his birth anddeath is not sure, but according to a more authoritative record, he was born inBC 744 - notes from translator) and many ancient Arabic legends. About in the10th century, Avicenna (980 - 1037, one of the most outstandingepitome in the Islamic world, a philosopher, doctor, theorist and so on - notesfrom translator) used coffee to treat patients. According to a legendary storyin the 5th century, a shepherd in Yemen found that a herd of goatsbecame very excited soon after they eat reddish berry on the shrub. He reportedthis to a monk, who boiled some berry and extracted a kind of beverage, bitterand refreshing.