The history of coffee

The earliest legend speaks of Ethiopian shepherds who noticed how their sheep, after grazing leaves and berries from a certain bush, which had been burnt by a thunderbolt, were much livelier and more agitated than usual.  They told monks from the nearby Scehodet convent about their discovery, and, after a few experiments, the latter adopted the berry infusion as a tisane to keep awake during their long nights of prayer.

Later on, in the mid seventeenth century, galleys (a kind of merchant vessels) from Venice brought coffee to Italy. At first sold by apothecaries as an antidote to many ills, it eventually made its triumphal entry into every-day Italian social life thanks to “coffee houses”. In Italy its diffusion was thorough and still today, in every town, we find historical locals linked to the diffusion of this beverage.

At the end of the nineteenth century the first coffee shops were set up to unburden the coffee house from the toilsome roasting job, whilst, in private homes, roasting remained a part of household duties. It was the coffe shop-owners who created the art of blending the various types of coffee, to give a personal note to the product, and ensure that the beverage features would remain as much as possible consistent as time passed, too