From the day I was born I smell the beautiful aroma of the Arabic coffee! It is always around a good coffee that stories are told jokes are said and… Coffee in Lebanon is not just a substance that wakes you up; it is an essential social element for any kind of gathering, happy or sad. And this is what I miss the most of my beloved country Lebanon! Being in the states for few years already, I miss having Arabic coffee with my mom in the morning, the visits at tante Janette where she will read my future in the small cup, and the numerous visits/chat around coffee. Today with these paintings and my collection “Coffee Time”, I try to make these moments last longer in my memories.
HIstory of coffee
Coffee for all
Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans.
The story goes that that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. The abbot shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and knowledge of the energizing berries began to spread.
As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.
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Coffee in Italy
When coffee arrived in Europe in the 16th century, clergymen pressed for it to be banned and labeled Satanic. But Pope Clement VIII took a taste, declared it delicious, and even quipped that it should be baptized. On the strength of this papal blessing, coffeehouses rapidly sprang up throughout Europe.
After Murad IV claimed the Ottoman throne in 1623, he quickly forbade coffee and set up a system of reasonable penalties. The punishment for a first offense was a beating. Anyone caught with coffee a second time was sewn into a leather bag and thrown into the waters of the Bosporus.