History of coffee

Coffee was discovered around 1,000 years ago in the region now known as Ethiopia. The first coffee shipment to Europe was around 1615.

From the middle of the 17th century coffee houses were opened in all major European cities and became a meeting place for people from all walks of life. This remains very true today.

Coffee is an integral part of our culture and there are many social aspects to drinking coffee, from ‘coffee breaks’ that offer a welcome ‘downtime’ at work, to providing an occasion for friends and family to connect. How often have you heard, “let’s discuss this over a cup of coffee”?