Where It All Began
July 18, 2012
It’s yet another early morning in your world, and you just can’t for the life of you function without that sacred cup of coffee. I know the drill; I live it every day. Have you ever sat down, taken a sip, and wondered where on earth that treasured coffee really came from? Yeah, me neither.
When I started drinking coffee, my father would like to ask, "Do you know where that came from? What is this you drink? Mocha?" I would say, "Yes, dad, it came from the kitchen." Then he would go on a long rant about where my cup of coffee originated. According to him, my precious morning cup of coffee came from a little port city in Yemen known as Mocha.
Back before the dawn of time, coffee was originally a trade of Muslims. It all began in the port city of Mocha, where some of the best coffee in the world originated. It was introduced to the West in the 17th century, and it was from this coffee that they adopted the word Mocha for what is now widely known as a chocolate and coffee combination.
Today, coffee is still produced in Mocha, Yemen; however, the majority of the coffee that is sold and distributed around the world comes from Latin America. Even though that heavenly mug of coffee may not contain coffee beans from the city of Mocha, the history behind mocha began in the Middle East, more specifically, Yemen.
Blue Ridge Branch