The History of Coffee

Coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world, enjoyed by millions of people every day. But have you ever wondered about the history of coffee? At Little Latte, we’re passionate about coffee, and we think it’s important to know where it comes from. So, here’s a brief history of coffee, from the ancient world to your cup.


The story of coffee begins in Ethiopia, where it was first brewed in the 9th century. Legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi noticed that his goats became more energetic after eating berries from a certain plant. Kaldi tried the berries himself and experienced a similar boost of energy. From there, the brewing of coffee spread throughout the Arabian Peninsula and the Islamic world, where coffeehouses became popular social gathering places.

Coffee was introduced to Europe in the 16th century, where it quickly gained popularity among the upper classes. Coffeehouses became popular meeting places for intellectuals and artists, and coffee became associated with the Enlightenment. From Europe, coffee made its way to the Americas during the Age of Exploration, where it was first planted in the Caribbean and South America. Today, coffee is grown all over the world, from the highlands of Ethiopia to the hills of Brazil.


At Little Latte, we believe in sourcing our coffee from local roasters who are committed to ethical and sustainable practices. This means that our coffee is not only delicious, but also socially responsible. By supporting responsible coffee production, we can help to ensure that future generations can enjoy this beloved beverage as well.

So the next time you enjoy a cup of coffee, take a moment to appreciate the rich history behind it. Come visit us at Little Latte and taste the history in every cup! Share your favourite coffee with us on Instagram!