Interested in a bit of history of coffee? Read this wonderful post from Spudge. It goes into a bit of history, waaaaay back, the current coffee situation in Yemen, and its future. Someone should really get this information published because it sounds like there is no great history of coffee in Yemen book out there and there should be. I am not passionate about coffee, only occasionally drink it iced and VERY sweet so it’s not really coffee anymore, so it would be quite the undertaking for me. Someone out there who loves coffee? What a great project!

Some important points of this article:

  • Even with some 1200 years of coffee history, talking to people is the best way to learn about it.
  • Drinking coffee at one time could get you beheaded.
  • In the earliest days of coffee (we’re talking 1200 CE here), coffee was brewed in its green form and not roasted. Some towns tried banning the coffee shops.
  • Yemeni coffee has developed some curious characteristics over time, such as drought and disease resistance.
  • Yemen may not be the birthplace of coffee, as many suggest, but actually Ethiopia.
  • The Yemeni coffee samples at a cupping event were described as tart, mellow, chocolate with nut flavors, or boozy. There was a coffee for everyone!
  • The port of Mokka in Yemen was used by the Dutch East Indies Company as a bridge between Ethiopia and India. Mokka was the port that delivered coffee to Indonesia and Central America.

This is the second blog post I have read about coffee and I am yet again AMAZED at all the coffee connoisseurs out there. Cupping? Thanks to the recent summer Olympics, I imagine people having a party sitting around having cups suctioned all over their bodies. But nope. That’s not how it works with coffee people. Cups are used as, well… cups… cups of coffee. And I really really REALLY want to know what a Cup Tasters Champion is. Seriously, anyone?