Happy National Coffee day! To celebrate National Coffee Day we are going to delve into the history of coffee and creat a coffee inspired book list.
Second only to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded good in the world. It's estimated that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day worldwide. It is safe to say with those numbers that coffee is a daily ritual in the lives of millions of people around the world.
In its unprocessed form, coffee is a berry-like fruit, which becomes red when ripe; the coffee bean is found at the center of the red coffee fruit. At one point early in history, before it was used as a beverage, people would mix the fruit with animal fat to create a protein rich snack. It was not until the 13th century that humans took the first step towards creating coffee like we know it, roasting coffee beans. The modern version of roast coffee originated in Arabia. During the 13th century, coffee was extremely popular within the Muslim community for its stimulant powers, which proved useful during long prayer sessions.
Coffee plants reached the New World in the early 18th century. However, coffee did not really become popular in America until the Boston Tea Party of 1773, when making the switch from tea to coffee became almost a patriotic duty. The Civil War and other conflicts that followed helped to increase coffee's popularity, as soldiers relied on the caffeine for a boost of energy.
In the 1960s, an appreciation for specialty coffee started to grow, leading to the opening of the first Starbucks in Seattle in 1971. Today, from a simple cup of black coffee to a complex, Starbucks order, each coffee drinker has their own favorite way of indulging in this caffeinated wonder-drink.
Books that are about coffee or involve coffee.
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