Yemen Coffee in Bradenton and Sarasota
Yemen Coffee in Bradenton
Are you searching for “Java near me” in your Google browser? Are you tired of drinking the same coffee every day? Maybe you are looking for an artisan coffee in Bradenton or Sarasota. Well, Banyan Coffee Co.’s continued commitment to providing the best, single-origin coffee gets even better… What if we told you that you can drink coffee in Bradenton or Sarasota from where the original coffee drink was made known? Yemen is not only where coffee was made popular, but the flavor is unparalleled… There are countless reasons to give Yemen coffee a try but first, it is important to know the significance and history of its coffee.
Origin of Yemen Coffee
Ethiopia may have been the first country coffee was discovered but Yemen is the first country coffee was consumed in and made popular. This Arabica coffee is responsible for putting coffee on the world map. Coffee was first discovered in the early 15th century in Ethiopia and Yemen. Some people believe it could date as far back as the 9th century. The first accounts of its discoveries are recorded in the 15th century. Though it was discovered in Ethiopia, there are a few different theories on how it was discovered. They are quite interesting to say the least…
Yemen Legend #1
The Oromo people in the Oromia region of Ethiopia are said to be the pioneers of coffee cultivation from plant to beverage, thus being the first to discover coffee’s energizing biproduct. It gets more interesting than that though… Legends have it that a Moroccan Sufi (Islamic mysticism that seeks Spiritual closeness with God) named Akbar Nooruddin Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili accidently discovered it while traveling throughout Ethiopia. Upon traveling through Ethiopia, he saw birds behaving unusually while eating berries. After examining the berries, he experienced those same behaviors he noticed in the birds: an uptick and flurry in activity and energy.
Yemen Legend #2
Another legend states that Abu al-Hasan al-Shadhili’s disciple was the one to discover coffee first, whose name is Omar. While traveling from Mecca to a different location, Omar decided to eat berries he saw because he was hungry. After realizing how bitter they tasted, Omar tried roasting the berries to improve its flavor, but it became too hard to consume. He then boiled the coffee bean to soften it, which resulted in a beverage brown in color. After consuming the drink, Omar was energized for days, and the story became known amongst Mecca for discovering a miracle drug, crowning him as a saint.
Yemen Legend #3
Here comes the 9th century legend… It is said that a goat farmer noticed one of his goats was acting very sporadically throughout the fields during the days and all hours of the night after consuming berries from a certain bush. The goat-herder, Kaldi, thus discovered the life-giving energy of caffeine as his flock continued to eat the berries in front of him. After observing this, Kaldi decided to try the berries for himself (can you blame him?! Imagine being a goat farmer and working all day without coffee…). Kaldi experienced the same side effects as his goats. In awe of what he just discovered; he immediately took it to a monk at a monastery near where his goat herd was. However, the monk disapproved of Kaldi’s discovery and threw the berries into a fire, thus creating a pleasant-smelling smoke. Other monks smelled the smoke and came over to figure out what was going on. At this point, they collected the roasted beans, ground them up, and dissolved them in water, creating the world’s first cup of coffee.
Roots of Yemen Coffee
Regardless of its origin story, it is widely agreed upon that Yemen is the first country where coffee was made normal and consumed regularly. Initially, 2/3 of Ethiopia’s newly found coffee was exported to Yemen. It was not until later that they started cultivating their own coffee and importing it less. Culturally speaking, the first groups of people to reap the benefits of coffee were Sufis in Yemen. They began using coffee more regularly because of its ability to help them focus for longer periods of time. It also enriched their spiritual practices. Sufis also used coffee to stay up throughout the night and to keep them alert as they studied their nightly devotions. As the 16th century neared, coffee made its way into the Middle East, Southern India, and in Africa. It soon spread to Europe and eventually made its way further West into the Americas. Nowadays we are able to enjoy Yemen coffee in Bradenton and Sarasota, Florida and enjoy the same benefits as monks and Sufis did in the 15th century.
Yemen Coffee Today in Bradenton and Sarasota
While we cannot pinpoint exactly how Yemen coffee first tasted hundreds of years ago, we can only hope that coffee exported from the same region, environment, soil, and climate can produce similar tasting Yemen coffee. At Banyan Coffee in Bradenton, we like to think with improved technology, it tastes BETTER than it did upon discovery. Our Yemen coffee delights its consumers in an above-average cup of coffee in Bradenton and Sarasota. We give it a light roast to deliver higher strength, while enjoying the savory flavor notes of blueberry, strawberry, and graham cracker (yes you read that right!). Thanks to its light roast and natural roast process, this single-origin coffee found in Bradenton yields a cup of coffee average in acidity, above average aroma body, with a high sweetness, while enjoying the boldness of an expected cup of coffee. We recommend running these ground coffee beans through a drip coffee machine or Hario v60 dripper.
Drink Yemen Coffee in Bradenton Today!
Are you a Sarasota coffee shop or Bradenton coffee shop or restaurant? Are you looking to switch up your menu to better impress your customers? Are you tired of driving the same drive thru drinking the same coffee in Sarasota and Bradenton? Are you ready to give the original coffee made popular in the world a try? Banyan offers Bradenton and Sarasota the opportunity to drink the same coffee Sufis and monks drank hundreds of years ago! Add Banyan’s Bradenton Yemen Coffee to your next monthly subscription or stop by the Bradenton Farmer’s Market on any Saturday morning of the month!