Highlights in the History of Coffee

Ninth Century--First record of coffee drinking by the Mufti people of Aden (Legend has it that the ubiquitous bean made its way to Yemen from Ethiopia by traveling merchants through trade routes across the Gulf of Aden)
15th Century--Extensive planting of coffee in Yemen
Late 16th Century--Priests petition Pope Clement VIII to ban the evil drinking of coffee (he refuses--probably a closet coffee lover)
17th Century--First coffee house opened in London (Trivia--coffeehouses became known as "penny universities" because a person could buy a cup of joe for 1 cent and learn more at the coffee house than in class! London Stock Exchange grew from a coffee house)
1656--Coffee drinking prohibited & coffeehouses closed in Turkey by the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire (penalty for drinking coffee: a dunk in the Bosphorus in a leather satchel!)
1669--Coffee becomes popular in Europe after Turkish ambassador to France introduces Louis XIV to the magic brew
1674--Women's Petition Against Coffee established in London
1686--First cafe serving coffee is opened in Paris (Le Procope--it's still in business!)
1690--Coffee introduced in Java (pardon the pun!)
18th Century--More coffeehouses in London than there are today
1714--Coffee takes root in the Americas (seedlings shipped to Martinique in the West Indies)
1822--First espresso machine made in France
1909--Instant coffee first marketed
1940--Coffee production quotas established by an Inter-American Coffee Board
1962--Coffee export quotas established worldwide by the UN
1970s--Coffee hits the big leagues as Joe DiMaggio endorses "Mr. Coffee"
1989--World coffee prices plunge
1991--The origin of Java (The programming language developed by Sun)

Note: This text was given to me by coworkers several years ago. I doubt they wrote it on their own, so it's possible (very likely in fact) that this was copied from a book or the web. If you know who the original author is, please contact me with the information.

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