The role of coffee in people’s lives varies from the functional to the ritualistic and is a strong enabler of social gatherings around the world. Most people have a favourite coffee brewing method or at least one they use the most whether out of habit or preference.
Drinking this magnificent beverage, brewed from the seed of the same plant – Coffea Canephora (also known as Coffea Robusta) and Coffea Arabica – plays a crucial role in so many people’s lives and has given rise to the specialty coffee or the ‘Third Wave movement’- a movement dedicated to providing high-quality coffee that’s brewed to perfection from farm to cup.
But how did it reach this level of popularity? To answer that question, we have to travel back in time to the 17th century.
Before discovering the roasting process, and with it the possibility of making a drink, coffee seeds were used together with animal fat in a sort of energy bar ante litteram to be taken during on long journeys such as when merchants crossed the desert. It were also used by monks and priests to stay awake during long prayer vigils.