While the origins of coffee are a question of myths and oral tradition, the timeline of the drink's popularity across Europe can count on specific coordinates.
In 1668, Turkish ambassador Soleiman Agha arrives in Paris with a large amount of coffee beans. He prepares the warm drink and serves it to Louis XIV, who appreciates it straight away. This marks the start of France's extraordinary coffee history.
Agha opens a shop inspired by the Ottoman kahve kanes, with waiters dressed and behaved according to the Turkish tradition.
This coffee place, together with the spread of street vending and the activity of European ports, contributes to the rise of Parisian cafés.
At the beginning of the 18th Century, coffee places start offering daily newspapers, games -cards, chess, snooker- and tobacco.
On one hand, all these possibilities make the consumption of coffee even more pleasurable. On the other hand, cafés become a real meeting place for intellectuals, poets and revolutionaries.
Three centuries later, coffee has strengthened its social role and has evolved in dozens of elaborations. In the morning, coffee at the bar represents a ritual and the newspaper is still there, eager to embark on new adventures.
After lunch, both at the restaurant or at home, it's the perfect drink to close the meal. Among other crucial moments, we frequently find the afternoon snack -a reward to get through the day- and various coffee breaks - especially at work, where we seek a moment to step back from the frenzy as well as an effective recharge.
Moreover, the versatility of coffee, plus its quickness and affordability make it a casual invitation for every part of the day.
If in 1700 coffee gave energy to revolutions, today it remains a firm starting point for our everyday adventures.
The journey of Coffee Sapiens goes on, next stop Paris. Follow Andy Anderson, aka @manmakecoffee, on the trail of the oldest cafés in the world.