TIL that the earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree appears in the middle of the 15th century and none before that.

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Your own source states that people in Ethiopia may have been using the coffee plant or drinking coffee long before that, but it wasn’t written down.


This post is a European perspective *Culturally, coffee is a major part of Ethiopian and Yemenite history. This cultural significance dates back as many as 14 centuries*


coffee-drinking? Sure. Knowledge of the coffee tree? Highly unlikely. You really think people living around those trees never ever tried to consume the fruit, even if unroasted? Humans will literally put anything in their mouth


In Judaism, there is some evidence that the spread of coffee in the Ottoman Empire led to traditions of staying up all night studying on the holiday of Shavuot.


I was also watching CBS Sunday Morning.