Coffee and The Gateway of Tears

Tonight, I am enjoying an espresso shot dosed precisely to fit my latest double-walled glass:    As I prepared it, I thought of how as a grateful coffee drinker, it helps to remember the many journeys coffee took through human history.    In fact, the closest proxy we have to coffee’s earliest adventures -absent major botanical and fossil discoveries to show us the plant  progenitor of coffee- is the history of the Yemeni and Ethiopian people. They are important because Ethiopia is credited with discovering coffee, while Yemen is known for propagating its cultivation and use.Here are some interesting facts: … Continue reading Coffee and The Gateway of Tears

Coffee and Its Origins

Article and Photos by Lawrence Aritao. Also available on Medium via http://bit.ly/2VMR4jl. Even in legends, the beloved coffee plant, whose cherry yields two opposing beans, lends itself to two storylines. An ancient kingdom named Abyssinia once ruled the land we now call Ethiopia. Abyssinia also ruled part of Eritrea, and at one point, even Yemen. In this kingdom grew the plant which gave coffee to the world. Where, precisely, did coffee originate? Historical and botanical texts tell us that the coffee plant first took root in fertile Ethiopia. However, a minority report in W. Ukers’ All About Coffee says that the plant … Continue reading Coffee and Its Origins