27 May '13, 4pm

History of the Coffee House #coffee

Today, the idea of a coffee house usually brings to mind a cozy place that serves gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, with couches to lounge in while you sip. So how did the coffee house get its start? Today, I'm looking back through time to see where the coffee house started, and how much its changed (or hasn't changed?) The first record of a public place serving coffee dates back to 1475. Kiva Han was the name of the first coffee shop, located in the Turkish city of Constantinople (now Istanbul). Coffee was such an important item during that time period, that it was legal in Turkey for a woman to divorce her husband if he could not supply her with enough coffee. Turkish coffee was served strong, black and unfiltered, usually brewed in an ibrik. The idea of doctoring up one's coffee with cream and sweeteners, came into fashion in Europe around 1529, when the first coffee ...

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