The origin of coffee, in Italian culture, is often associated with the countries of Central and South America.
But the true origin of coffee is to be associated with a very specific place of the African continent, instead. More precisely with Ethiopia, the Ethiopian plateau. Legend has it that it was the shepherd Kaldi who first discovered the energy potential that was hidden in these grains.
It seems that, observing his goats after eating the grains of the plant, he noticed a different energy in his animals that kept them awake even at night.
The pastor talked about this strange phenomenon with the abbot of a local monastery who, intrigued, made an infusion with the berries. He drank it the following days and found that, during the evening meditation, that drink helped him to keep awake.
The abbot shared the recipe with other monks who obtained the same effect.
From this simple discovery, be it legend or truth, coffee reached the Arabian Peninsula starting a very long journey. A journey that took coffee all over the world.
On reaching the Arabian Peninsula, the coffee plant began to be cultivated in the Yemen area and then expanded to Persia, Syria and Egypt. Between the 15th and 16th centuries, coffee began to be consumed by an increasing number of people. The first public cafes were born and the drink began to be prepared even within the home.
Coffee landed in Europe during the 17th century. European travellers who frequented the near Middle East were fascinated by the drink now widespread in many Arab states and began to import it. After an initial period of difficulty, in which the new drink was viewed with suspicion and annoyance (even from the Church), its popularity grew enormously. By now, in many European cities, from Austria to Holland, from France to Germany, there was a succession of new cafes. Coffee, in many cultures, began to replace traditional beverages such as beer and wine. Coffee also improved the quality of life for many people by giving them new energy throughout the day.
Now consumed throughout Europe (in London there were over 300 coffees in the mid-1600s), coffee landed in America thanks to the colonizers. On American soil, as in Europe before, the new drink was opposed and tea remained a preference, including a political one.
In 1773, the introduction of a tax on tea changed the fate of coffee forever, making it the main drink.
With the increasing consumption of coffee, thanks to an ideal climate for the cultivation of the coffee plant, the first plantations on the American continent were born. Mexico, Central America in general and then Brazil, Venezuela and Colombia. States that later became the largest producers of coffee and from which many qualities that we use today come from.
Today, coffee is what we know very well. It has been transformed to be prepared in different ways: coffee pods, capsules, etc ... but we believe that the best way to prepare coffee is using coffee beans.
Coffee beans are the raw material par excellence. When ground at the moment, they are able to transfer all their taste, aroma and properties into the cup.
We are convinced that ours is an excellent coffee beans precisely because we are faithful to the origins of the processing of the grain and deep connoisseurs of its properties.
At our roastery we keep a secret and unique blend made up of refined qualities that we have selected at the origin.
Each area of the world where coffee is grown has its own characteristics and we like to collect the best of each place and work it with care to produce a unique, special and quality blend.