A Brief History of Coffee

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by Brian Yarvin

“Collectively, Europe’s coffeehouses functioned as the Internet of the Age of Reason.”–Tom Standage

I once asked a friend how much coffee he drank and he boasted “500 billion cups a year.” I knew instantly that this was wrong because the entire world drinks only about 400 billion. No matter where we are — in the car-crazed west, the subway riding city of New York, a town square cafe in Kansas, or a science lab in Antarctica — coffee is our fuel.

Coffee is so powerful that it has its own creation myth. We are told that it was discovered by a guy named “Kaldi.” He was an Ethiopian goat herder who noticed that when his animals ate certain red berries, they got so excited, they began to dance. So he chewed on a few berries and felt that now universal coffee buzz. Afterward, he picked some more, and then told an Islamic holy man about his discovery. The holy man declared them evil and threw them on the fire. When they smelled the roasting beans, they gathered them up, threw water on them, and enjoyed the world’s first cup of coffee.

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Food News Daily: Latest food news and trends from around the world, December 14, 2011

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How Caffeine Can Galvanize Your Workout, Sweet Potato Soup With Ginger, Leek and Apple, Take a Tea Break – Whole Living Daily: Whole Living, First Write the Blog, then Write the Cookbook, Espresso Kahlúa Brownies,
Homemade Corn Tortilla and A Delightful Mixed Vegetable Cheesy Quesadilla, David Downie: Delving into the Heart of Genoa and its Food Shops and Cafés, and much more.

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Food News Daily: October 20, 2011

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Mainstream Anglo Media and Press

The world’s first vegan strip club: Will topless dancers really be able to teach customers at Casa Diablo to shun meat?, The Guardian

Shared Meals, Shared Knowledge, The New York Times

Angela Hartnett’s wood pigeon salad recipe, The Guardian

Energy Shots: The Next Big Thing in Marketing Caffeine to Children (Marion Nestle), The Atlantic

Prevent Alzheimer’s, Cancer: The Positive Effects of Drinking Coffee, The Guardian

How to make dandelion and burdock beer – dig for victory and a very British root beer, The Guardian

Best of the Anglo Food and Travel Blogs

The Pawpaw: Foraging For America’s Forgotten Fruit, NPR

Pinch Me – A Culinary Dream Tour of Germany, Doc Sconz

The Danish food revolution: How the Danes went local, sustainable, and DIY, Culinate

Baked Sweet Potato Fries, She Wears Many Hats

Cheese flavour map charts cheddar/blue/regional/goats cheeses by how nutty/earthy/tangy/savoury, British Cheese Board

Alternative Press/Sites

Feeding frenzy: Who’s behind the unsavory food stamp parodies, grist

Kraft recalls Velveeta mac and cheese, may contain wire bristles, Digital Journal

Book Review: “25 Years of Recipes from ‘The Art of Eating.” (Julia Child called the founder, Ed Behr, a cultist!), Zester Daily

Shrimp Po’ Boys with a Spicy-Sweet Remoulade, Feast on the Cheap

World

Gandhi Tour developed in India, Time

Grilled Halloumi and Turkish Fig salad with Persian Pomegranate, Shiyam Sundar

« Bio-logique » : Sur la logique de production et de consommation du « bio » aujourd’hui en France, exploratrice de saveurs

NO-GO zones for coal seam gas projects should be set up to protect high food-production areas, Victorian farmers say (Australia), Weekly Times Now/Slow Food Melbourne

 

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Food News Daily: September 16, 2011

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Mainstream Anglo Media and Press

Time for Tea in the Kitchen, The Times of India

Insects: the future of food? Would you find it easier to eat insects and arachnids if you knew you already do?, The Guardian

Food for Art: From Time Immemorial, Man Has Always Craved a Good Meal, The Wall Street Journal

A French Feast From a Political Pot, The New York Times

Market Watch: A new tack in farmers market regulation, Los Angeles Times

Coffee’s caffeine fix may be a placebo, AFN Thought For Food

Best of the Anglo Food and Travel Blogs and Sites

Mystical Rock Salt Rocks Restaurant Design, Chow

New French Symbol for Made in France, BK Wine

How to Send Wine Back — Outsmarting Wine, Food Network

Two Kinds of Chef plus bakers, cooks & ninjas, Brave Tart

The Obamas: The new First Foodies, Friends Eat

Long Live the Kouign, Chow

Praline Cake Squares, She Wears Many Hats

Essential Wine Etiquette, Cooking Light

The Unthinking Man’s Case Against Backyard Slaughter, Chow

Food Justice or Junk Food: Will more supermarkets equal more access to healthy food in underserved communities?, Democracy in Action

Exotic Granola: Four New Versions That Don’t Use Oats, Chow

Food Photography

Vienna with coffee, Fotografia

Alternative Press/Sites

5 Things You Didn’t Know about Your Dinner, Rodale

When Healthy Foods Backfire, AOL Healthy Living/Huffington Post

EXPLAINED: Why We Crave The Foods We Crave, Huffington Post

World

Behind the Medieval Walls of Murten, My Kugelhopf

Sorbet aux pêches, miel et romarin…, La Cuillère

Pork Medallions with Prunes, Taste of Beirut

Milky whole grain wheat with orange zest and pumpkin seeds, almonds and coconut chips, Lemon Love Notes

 

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