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Coffee Timeline ~ Klekolo Style

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The Discovery of Coffee

* when: circa 850 BC

* where: in an area of the world, we now call Ethiopia by the Galla tribe.

The Legend: A lowly goatherd named Kaldi awoke from his nap one afternoon to find his charges frolicking and dancing about. The goats were eating red berries off a nearby bush.

Intrigued by the behavior of his goats, he tasted of the berries himself.

And Kaldi danced!

Coffee berries quickly gained popularity by those needing endurance.

Travelers of The Galla tribe of  Ethiopia started the tradition of mixing the berries with animal fat and rolling it into little balls to take on trips.

Those who wished to pray all night found that the berries helped them to stay awake.

The cherries were dried for transport and then reconstituted in water creating a wine-like substance. The wine was known as qahwa.

(translation – ‘that which prevents sleep’)

The Turks were the first to roast then grind the dried beans and brew the grounds with hot water.

Coffee Timeline

Turkish law makes it legal for a woman to divorce her husband if he fails to provide her with her daily quota of coffee.

“The drink of the infidels, the work of the devil it must be banned”

Pope Clement VIII is urged by his advisers to consider that favorite drink of the Ottoman Empire part of the infidel threat.

Pope Clement VIII decides to “baptize” it instead, making it an acceptable Christian beverage.

Edward Lloyd’s coffeehouse opens in England and is frequented by merchants and maritime insurance agents. Eventually, it becomes Lloyd’s of London, the best-known insurance company in the world.

Franz Georg Kolschitzky, a Viennese who had lived in Turkey, slips through the enemy lines to lead relief forces to the city.

The fleeing Turks leave behind sacks of “dry black fodder” that Kolschitzky recognizes as coffee.

He claims it as his reward and opens central Europe’s first coffee house.

He also establishes the habit of refining the brew by filtering out the grounds, sweetening it, and adding a dash of milk.


The term “Penny University” is applied to Coffeehouses because for the price of a cup of coffee one can be educated in all subjects in these community centers.

Not only does he settle the dispute, but also strikes up a secret liaison with the wife of French Guiana’s Governor.

 France guarded its New World coffee plantations to prevent cultivation from spreading. The Govenor’s Wife said good-bye to Palheta with a bouquet in which she hid cuttings and fertile seeds of coffee.

The Lieutenant brought these seedlings and cuttings to Brazil.

This plant is the “mother” of 70% of the Worlds coffees.


The world goes on, many memories are still made and coffee stays a huge part of world history in many small unnoticed ways.

~ Thanks for stopping by


*Above time line is estimated and originally put together by Hollie Rose added to and edited by me. The facts are real some of the dates may be close, not actual.

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