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    Coffee and Music

    Many renowned musicians have been inspired by coffee, and Antonio Vivaldi and Carlo Goldoni even composed a work entitled “La Bottega del Caffe“. Yet the musician on whom coffee had the greatest impact must be J.S. Bach. This great musician poured his love of coffee into the notes of the Coffee Cantata, which was published in Leipzig in 1732. Bach composed the Coffee Cantata around a poem by Picander. Bach was inspired to compose the cantata out of protest against the fact that Germany was trying to outlaw the drinking of coffee by women as he felt that the appreciation of coffee should not be subject to gender discrimination. The…

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    Coffee Quotes

    About Coffee, the World, Vienna and the Central ‘But the coffee house is still the best place to keep up with all the news. To understand this, one must understand that the Viennese coffee house is an institution without parallel anywhere else in the world. As a matter of fact, it is a sort of democratic club, where the cost of admission is no more than the price of a cup of coffee’. Stefan Zweig ‘The World of Yesterday’

  • History

    When and How Europe and Coffee Began Their Love Affair

    Coffee was first discovered in Abyssinia (Ethiopia), and was initially consumed as a food. Later, its fruits were boiled in water, and this was used for medical purposes, and coffee became known as the ‘magic fruit’. Coffee also became known in Yemen around the beginning of the 15th century, and began to be widely used in this geographical region at the end of this century. It was taken to Mecca and Cairo around the beginning of the 16th century, and to Istanbul around the middle of the same century. Following the second siege of Vienna, coffee reached the important centers of Europe via Istanbul from the middle of the 17th…