The History of Coffee Blog

lead image for the history of coffee part II, a painting of the Blue Bottle Coffee House in Vienna

The History of Coffee, Part II: Vienna's Coffee Revolution

We pick up from our previous History of Coffee blog with the Battle at Kahlenberg (1683). This historic clash ended with the United Imperial Army successfully liberating Vienna, after two months of siege at the hands of the Ottoman army. Among the goods left behind by the Ottomans were a large number of tents, livestock, grain, and around 500 sacks of coffee. And so we begin coffee’s debut into Viennese culture..

painting of the Battle at Kahlenberg

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history of coffee, part 1

The History of Coffee, Part I: Ethiopia, Yemen, and the Ottoman Empire Strikes Back

Where did it all begin?

illustration of a coffee plantSo, who do we thank (or blame, depending on your caffeine reliance) for the aromatic, palate-pleasing, jump-starting beverage of coffee? We know that coffee was a major part of Ethiopian and Yemenite culture from the 7th century on. The history of coffee is generally believed to have started in Ethiopia, then brought by trade missions to Yemen as early as 1000 BCE.

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