Coffee can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests of Ethiopia where, as the legend goes, a goat herder by the name of Kaldi first discovered coffee after he noticed that when his goats ate the berries from a certain tree, soon after they became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night.
Kaldi shared his observations with the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through evening prayer. Soon word began to spread of these magic beans and by the 15th century, coffee was being grown in Yemen and by the 16th century it was known in Persia, Egypt, Syria, and Turkey.
Soon coffee became a staple drink in the homes of the Middle East and it didn’t take long before public coffee houses — called qahveh khaneh — began to appear in across towns and cities.
Much like today, people frequented these coffee houses for all kinds of social activity, not only did the patrons drink coffee and engage in conversation, but they also listened to music, watched performers, played chess and kept current on the news. These little coffee houses soon became an integral part of the community, a place where people could meet, talk and learn, so much so that they were often referred to as “Schools of the Wise.”
This wonderful drink made its way around the world and into the cups and mugs of every one from nobility to the soccer mom on the go coffee has grown to become a ritualistic lifestyle for many.
With the latest addition to the Dubai coffee scene, Drop, opening it’s doors this passion project by coffee enthusiasts, for coffee enthusiasts, which is located in the heart of Jumeriah aims to change the way we’re drinking our java.
But what makes this coffee house stand out from the rest?
Aside from the first class Baristas from around the world, serving expertly brewed coffee, Drop coffee carefully selects its coffees from growing regions around the world and roasts coffee to hand-crafted and well thought out roast profiles in an effort to enrich coffee culture in the UAE.
The shop’s minimalist design ties in strongly with its transparent approach to quality coffee and creates a unique, peaceful and homely environment.
With over 2.25 billion cups of coffee consumed daily across the world and scientific research behind the benefits of sipping on brewed arabica beans, it is becoming significantly evident that coffee contributes to health benefits, economic growth and society development.
In the UAE, 19.3 percent of the population suffer from diabetes, a shocking number by any stretch of the imagination. According to an intensive research conducted by Dr. Frank Hu from Harvard, the risk of type II diabetes decreases by 9% for each daily cup of coffee consumed, with decaf decreasing risk by 6%, that being said, filling your coffee with milk, sugar and artificial flavours does not have the same effect. Black, good quality coffee is packed with a number of benefits.
According to a decade-long study on caffeine and its relationship with mental health, it was found that depression risk decreases with increasing caffeinated coffee consumption.
Drinking coffee before a workout has been found to improve gym performance. A research conducted by Coventry University in the United Kingdom discovered that a cup of coffee not only enhanced and boosted effective gym participation, but also improved manual dexterity.
In fact, ethically sourced coffee builds strong relationships between suppliers and farmers and supports fair payment. The elimination of a middle man and mutual understanding for quality beans at fairly paid prices helps enrich the farmers’ lives. This in turn helps lead to opportunities of better quality of life with possibilities of schools and education in a poverty-dominant environment. An estimated 27 million people rely on coffee as their economic mainstay with an estimate of 197 hands that have worked to deliver every cup of coffee from seed to cup.
The coffee industry is always growing, always evolving, and always adapting. New ways of growing, harvesting, and processing are being explored on a daily basis. Coffee is a science to a very large extent, but is also a very niche art.