Did someone say coffee? This delicious elixir of alluring scent was tasted for the first time in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) in Africa. Its fame crossed borders and that’s how the Arab world came across coffee beans that they grew exclusively for their consumption by elite groups. In fact, nowadays Arabica coffee brands are among the top-class varieties, although they’re not the most expensive.
How Did Coffee Come to America
In America, coffee was first introduced by French troops who transported it to Haiti, Santo Domingo and Martinique. In present times, Brazil, Colombia and southern Mexico are the continent’s main producers and exporters.
Health Benefits of Coffee
Apart from being tasty, coffee is a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent colon cancer and reduces the effects of asthma and other allergy-induced ailments. The pharmaceutical industry discovered that caffeine is perfect to treat respiratory problems, so if you’re planning a trip, a cup of java before boarding the plane might help prevent hyperventilation during the flight.
On the other hand, coffee is the perfect pretext to plan your next vacation; that’s why DINKtravelers shares these three stories with you about destinations that were marked by their love for coffee. Visit them!
Waiting coffee? The city of Naples, in southern Italy, is famous for having a tradition that is still practiced by coffee lovers. We’re referring to leaving a caffè sospeso. This means paying for two coffees while only drinking one. This way, if a homeless person orders a “waiting coffee” or a “suspended coffee”, he’ll receive it as a courtesy of the client who paid for it.
Penny Universities. During the eighteenth century, London coffee shops were famous for being hotspots for cultural interchange. There, clients would pay a penny for a cup of coffee and spend their evening chatting with artists, merchants and poets who would also frequent those places.
Coffee in the Arab World
Coffee or divorce! There’s a fun fact related with the Arab world and its passion for coffee. Before the nineteenth century, the only reason why a woman could legally ask for a divorce in court was arguing that her husband did not provide enough coffee for their home. That’s because coffee was a luxury product that women had access to only after getting married.
Where are you traveling today? Visit these destinations and enjoy a comforting cup of java.