coffee (shop coffee)Coffee has played a crucial role in many societies. The energizing effect of the coffee bean plant is thought to have been discovered in the northeast region of Ethiopia, and the cultivation of coffee first expanded in the Arab world with the earliest credible evidence of coffee drinking appearing in the middle of the 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen in southern Arabia.
From the Muslim world, coffee spread to Italy, and then to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia, then to the Americas. In East Africa and Yemen, it was used in religious ceremonies which led the Ethiopian Church to ban its secular consumption, a ban that lasted until the reign of Emperor Menelik II. It was also banned in Ottoman Turkey during the 17th century for political reasons, and was associated with rebellious political activities in Europe. Who knew?
In today's world, coffee is still a treasured commodity for many different reasons among them, its wonderful aroma, flavor profiles (you should taste our custom flavored roasts) and its ability to connect us to cultures the world over even if we're sitting in the familiar surroundings of our own kitchens, living rooms or even here at the coffee shop which is why I invite you to experience the world one cup at a time right here with us at Notting Hill Coffee in Historic Downtown Lewes.