Origin of Turkish Coffee

Coffee is said to have been brought to Istanbul in 1555 by two Syrian traders and has become popular ever since. There is another interesting folklore about the discovery of coffee in Turkey. An Ethiopian shepherd once discovered that his sheep stayed awake all night after eating the fruits of a wild berry. He then tried some out for himself and found that it had the same effect. Thus, coffee first came to be consumed.

The Sufi mystics are said to be one of the first users of Turkish coffee as it helped them to stay up for their night prayers. In fact, coffee has been recognized in other European countries through Turkey. When the Turks fought a battle in Austria in 1633, they accidentally left behind sacks of coffee when they retreated. The Austrians realized the value of the booty and soon started serving coffee accompanied by croissants or bread shaped like the half-moon.