The origins of coffee are in Ethiopia around the 10th century. It then spread to the Middle East and then reached Europe in the 1500s, where it was considered a drink of the “infidels or heathens”.
In 1600, Pope Clement VIII (1536-1605) was asked by a group of priests to ban the drink for good in all Catholic regions. However, the Pope tried a cup, liked it and declared it a Christian beverage by baptizing it. After this coffee began spreading throughout Europe and the rest of the Western hemisphere.
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