‘Wherever it has been introduced it has found revolution. It has been the world’s most radical drink in that its function has always been to make people think. And when the people begin to think they become dangerous to tyrants.’ William Ukers

Coffee is such an important part of our cultural identity in the West, that it’s hard to believe most of us know so little about the drink’s history. 

Let’s change that. 

Sadly, coffee has a history that’s as bitter-sweet as the drink itself. From goats, to revolution, to fueling the American army during WW2, to the humble Caramel Macchiato… The humble coffee bean has had quite a journey over the last 1200 years. 

In this article, we’ll teach you everything you want to know about the history of coffee, and we’ll even throw in some information about the coffee plant itself.