The bite size coffee history lesson

Saturday, 17 February, 2018

Coffee beans have been around since the 14th century. Here's a quick history lesson.

History of coffee

Key points in the history of coffee
14th Century
Coffee beans are first roasted, ground and made into a
beverage in Yemen.

15th Century
The coffee tree is taken to India.

16th Century
The French refine the coffee making process by filtering off the finely
ground beans through a cloth bag.

The French design the drip pot for making a better tasting cup of coffee.

Italian espresso made with forced water under pressure is launched
at the Paris Exhibition.

• Coffee grows in around 80 countries in South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia.
• Arabica coffee accounts for over half the coffee cultivated worldwide. It is grown throughout Latin America, Central and East Africa, India and to
some extent, Indonesia.
• Robusta coffee is grown in West and Central Africa, throughout Southeast Asia and Brazil.
• Brazil is the largest coffee exporting nation, but Vietnam tripled its exports between 1995 and 1999, becoming a major producer of Robusta beans.
• Colombia is the third-largest exporter and the largest producer of washed Arabica coffee.

Coffee bean regions