Celebrating National Coffee Day: A Jittery Goat, Political Plots, Slave Labor, Grounds for Divorce—The Coffee Bean Brews Up a Tumultuous World History

Grind some dark-roasted Arabica beans, boil water, put all in a French Press, wait, then drink and read about this elixir of the gods from Antiquity Now.


The inimitable coffee bean. Lusciously colored, smooth, glistening, fragrant. It’s a devilish addiction shared by millions of people throughout history. But aside from its robust flavor and energized boost, the bean has given us a history that is eye-opening and colorful, just like the bean itself.  Let’s take a step back in time and review a few facts drawn from the nefarious and splendiferous legacy of this enduring brew.


1. The History of Coffee. (n.d.). Retrieved September 29, 2014.

2. The Women’s Petition Against Coffee 1674. (n.d.). Retrieved September 29, 2014.

Other Sources

Coffee History from 850 to 1599 – Discovery of Coffee. (n.d.). Retrieved September 29, 2014.

Everything you need to know about Espresso and Coffee. (n.d.). Retrieved September 29, 2014.

Grigg, David. GeoJournal, Vol. 57, No. 4 (2002), pp. 283-294. Published by: Springer. Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41147739

History of Coffee 1600’s, Blue Bottle Cafe in Vienna. (n.d.). Retrieved September 29…

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