Coffee

History of Coffee and its Timeline to the Journey of Automation

Coffee has become a phenomenon and the second in the world’s commodities, second only to oil. People love their morning cup of brew, but you will find people enjoying coffee at all times of day, at many social events, including a nice cup of ice coffee during an outdoor grilling event.

Coffee Timeline

The history of coffee is a fascinating one. From being discovered accidentally by a goat herder in Ethiopia many years ago to becoming one of the world’s leading commodities, second only to oil, in the modern age, coffee has proven to be a phenomenon with many interesting events surrounding its evolution throughout history.

Ethiopian StoriesFirst known discovery of coffee berries. Legend of goat herder Kaldi of Ethiopia whose goats become hyper after eating red berries from a local shrub. As he tries the berries himself his mood is altered for the better.
Arabian StoriesFirst coffee is roasted and boiled by Arabs who make “qahwa” — a beverage made from plants.
Year 1475The first known coffee shop in the world was opened in Constantinople.
1607Coffee is introduced to the New World by Captain John Smith, founder of Virginia at Jamestown.
1652The first coffeehouse in England was opened in St. Michael’s Alley in Cornhill.
1654The first coffeehouse opens in Italy.
1672The opening of the first Parisian cafe dedicated to serving coffee. In 1713, King Louis XIV is presented with a coffee tree.
1683Post Battle of Vienna, Austria opens its first coffee house by using supplies from the spoils obtained after defeating the Turks.
1721The first coffeehouse opens in Berlin.
1723Coffee Plants are introduced in America for cultivation. Gabriel de Clieu, a French naval officer, transports a seedling to Martinique. By 1777, 1920 million coffee plants are cultivated on the island.
1727Brazilians smuggle coffee tree seeds out of Paris and that is the beginning of the Brazilian coffee empire.
1763After the opening of Rome’s first coffee house some 20 years earlier, Venice, by 1763 has over 2,000 coffee shops.
1812After the War of 1812, during which Britain temporarily cut off access to tea imports, Americans’ taste for coffee grew, and high demand during the American Civil War together with advances in brewing technology secured the position of coffee as an everyday commodity in the United States.
1822The prototype of the first espresso coffee machine is created in France.
1905The first commercial espresso machine is manufactured in Italy.
1908First-ever drip coffee maker is invented by and Melitta Bentz makes a filter using blotting paper.
1933Dr. Ernest Illy develops the first automatic espresso machine.
1938Nescafé instant coffee is invented by the Nestlé company.
1945Achilles Gaggia perfects the espresso machine with a piston that creates a high pressure extraction to produce a thick layer of foam, a trademark of espresso and cappuccino.
 1971The first Starbucks opens in Pike Place Market, Seattle, Washington. And, the rest, as they say, is history! 
 1995Coffee is the world’s most popular beverage. More than 450 billion cups are consumed each year, a world commodity second only to oil. 
2004Coffee was the top agricultural export for 12 countries.
 2005Coffee is the world’s seventh-largest legal agricultural export by value. 
2009Starbucks has more than 16,226 stores worldwide, including 11,434 stores located in the United States with a reported net income of over 634 million dollars in yearly revenue. These days there is a Starbucks on almost every corner and the lines are often outrageous for people waiting to buy one of the best cups of coffee ever made. It is possible to have coffee like Starbucks at home, with coffee makers such as the Keurig coffee maker that brews coffee house type coffee at home.

Now we have the most sophisticated and efficient, best coffee makers that too for the cheapest price possible. The evolution of coffee is really fascinating.