The History of Coffee

The first credible sources indicate that coffee beverages, as we know them, originated in Ethiopia in the 15th century. It was used as a supplement in religious ceremonies, and also to help with concentration. Despite the fact that its effects were controversial, and that it was often banned, Coffee grew in popularity and spread throughout the Ottoman Empire, the Middle East, and eventually into Europe. In the 17th century seeds were brought to the New World for cultivation, and the rest is history.