libations that have helped shape our world
The story of modern coffee starts in the
Arabian Peninsula, where roasted beans were
first brewed around A.D. 1000. Sometime
around the 15th century coffee spread
throughout the Arab world.
In the Arab world coffee rose as an
alternative to alcohol, and coffeehouses as
alternatives to tavernsóboth of which are
banned by Islam.
When coffee arrived in Europe it was
similarly hailed as an "anti-alcohol" that
was quite welcome during the Age of Reason
in the 18th century.
Just at the point when the Enlightenment is
getting going, here's a drink that sharpens
the mind. The coffeehouse is the perfect
venue to get together and exchange ideas and
information. The French Revolution started
in a coffeehouse.
Coffee also fuelled commerce and had strong
links to the rituals of business that remain
to the present day. Lloyds of London and the
London Stock Exchange were both originally