Coffee was originally thought to come from the Middle East or Africa primarily around Ethiopia or Yemen. The Arab tribes are thought to have discovered the coffee bean around 600 AD and retained the secret and monopoly of coffee brewing for many hundreds of years until the Ottoman Empire spread its aroma and taste of the coffee bean. This superpower at the time ruled large areas of the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and North Africa for more than 600 years. By the 16th century coffee had reached India, Turkey, and the rest of Europe. Coffee continued to spread through the countries even after bans by religious leaders in the middle east and later by the catholic church in Rome. From there coffee has spread around the world where it is one of the most popular drinks in society today.
In the early days the Arabians were believed to brew the coffee from green unroasted coffee beans making the drink look like tea leaves in liquid. Later on, it was discovered by roasting the bean whole, imparted a totally new flavour on the brew. From its roots originally in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, coffee has traveled to Europe and America, where it spread to all corners of our planet and even to outer space. The cuppa has a wonderful ability to transcend all boundaries of society, languages, and cultures. Where a prime minster or president can sit down with a factory worker and communicate on equal terms, even it is for a very short time.