The Modern Cup of Coffee
With a history spanning 600 years, itâ€™s not surprising that thereâ€™s more to coffee than meets the eye. The earliest evidence of coffee cultivation comes from the port of Mocha in Yemen in the 15th Century. By the 16th Century, coffee had spread to the Middle East, Turkey and Persia (now Iran). Today, $4 billion is spent each year importing coffee to the U.S. As coffee drinking has become more prevalent around the world, different styles of coffee drinks have been introduced. Some coffee drinkers enjoy drinking powerful shots of espresso, or chocolatey CaffÃ¨ Mochas. Others prefer sipping on basic cappuccinos, or a nice, hot caramel macchiato. The options are seemingly endless. As coffee continues to grow in popularity, new strains are being introduced to consumers. One strain recently introduced can help to fight off the flu and boost your immune system. Another is produced without the use of artificial chemicals, additives or pesticides. The following infographic outlines facts about the history of coffee, the various types and styles of coffee drinks that exist today, and how the industry is evolving as it continues to grow in popularity.