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A brief history of coffee

it's a pretty good drug, all things considered

By Roderick MakimPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 1 min read
A brief history of coffee
Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

From goats high

On a mountain in Ethiopia

To Sufi mystics swirling

The name of God

And traders jealous of their trade

Guarding close the secrets

Of the qahveh khaneh.


Bitter seeds burned

And boiled

Oiled the wheels of

Innovation and Enlightenment

In Penny Universities

Rolling out ideas

All hours from

Vienna to York

Voltaire’s fifty cups a day

And Bach’s Coffee Cantata

Conversational cross-pollination

Of thought across a continent

All thanks

To thieves and murderers.


Smuggling seeds and saplings

Out of Yemen

Into Europe and beyond

From Mocha to Java

Amsterdam to Cayenne and a soldier

Seducing a Governor’s wife

To get beans into Brasil.


International espionage

Global trade


Adultery and

The blessing of a Pope


…all for a cup of

Bitter black beans brewed

For breakfast.

fact or fiction

About the Creator

Roderick Makim

Read one too many adventure stories as a child and decided I'd make that my life.

I grew up on a cattle station in the Australian Outback and decided to spend the rest of my life seeing the rest of the world.

For more: www.roderickmakim.com

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