500 A.D. legend has it that Kaldi, an Ethiopian shepherd, discovers the invigorating virtues of coffee cherries—the red outer shell containing green coffee beans — trying them roasted and ground

500 A.D.

1500 A.D. Coffee arrives in Damascus, Cairo and Istanbul

1500 A.D.

1591 A.D. Prospero Alpini, a doctor from Padua, describes coffee in De Medicina Aegyptiorum, an account of Egyptian medical practices

1591 A.D.

1645 A.D. Venice’s first coffee shop opens

1645 A.D.

1700 A.D. Coffee spreads throughout Europe, and coffee plants are exported to its colonies

1700 A.D.

1737 A.D. Linnaeus classifies the plant under the genus Coffea

1737 A.D.


COFFEE'S GEOGRAPHY AND HISTORY: THE CUP RUNNETH OVER