- Cam Writt
Updated: May 7, 2019
Coffee is a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, which are the seeds of berries from the Coffea plant, which doesn’t get prepared at all. The earliest credible records of coffee being consumed date back to 15th century Arabia, where Sufi practitioners would drink it to stay awake during religious ceremonies; however, historians believe that people were falling asleep in church long before this. From approximately 1550 to the late 1800s, sailors in the British Royal Navy would dissolve burnt bread in water as a substitute for coffee. Similarly, sailors who had to stay ashore would spin around until they got sick as a substitute for being on their ships. The expression "coffee break" was first used in 1952, and the term "coffee pot" goes as far back as 1705. I don’t know why these facts were delivered to my desk, but I’m going to find the person responsible and have their eyelashes extended.