A Brief History Of The Love Affair For Coffee

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A Brief History Of The Love Affair For Coffee

So how did the global love affair for coffee begin? It all started thousands of years ago in the ancient coffee forests of Ethiopia. According to legend, a goat herder named Kaldi first discovered the wonders of these amazing beans when he noticed his goats would become more energetic when they chewed on the berries from the coffee tree.


Hundreds of years later, coffee beans were grown in many parts of the world including Istanbul, Yemen and the Arabian Peninsula. The beans arrived in England back in 1637 when a Turk introduced it to Oxford. Because of its energy-giving properties, it became a hit to students and teachers, prompting them to establish the “Oxford Coffee Club” and Angel, the first coffee house in Oxford.

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In Ireland, the first known registered coffee house was the Cock Coffee House in Cook Street, Dublin. Since then, coffee houses sprouted like mushrooms in the Irish capital because patrons were starting to prefer to do business in a coffee shop than in a pub. By 1697, coffee houses can now be found in Cork, Kilkenny, Limerick, Clonmel and Galway.


And when you’re in Westport, don’t forget to drop by to The Middleway Hostel Coffee house for some amazing coffee, dishes and pastries.

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