Celebrating Coffee

Here at Crossover, we spend a lot of time thinking about the future of work. We’ve written about where and how we’re going to work in the future. But there’s one simple drink that will be always be the knowledge workers’ fuel and elixir. In honor of the humble yet powerful cup that enables the world’s work, the Crossover blog is delighted to announce the week of coffee! All week, we will post articles, guides, and graphics about the coffee plant, follow us now to get them hot off the press.

First things first: Where did coffee come from?

No one knows exactly how or when coffee was discovered. But legend has it that an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi noticed that his goats were behaving strangely after eating red berries from a tree. Curious, Kaldi tried some of the berries himself and experienced a sudden surge in energy, familiar to coffee-drinkers everywhere. Kaldi was convinced that he had found a miracle. He rushed off to the monastery to tell a monk about his new discovery. The monk, upon hearing the story, thought it was rubbish and threw these berries into a fire. But then a beautiful aroma began to waft from the roasted beans. It convinced the monk to give coffee a second chance. The monk put the roasted beans in warm water and coffee was born.

This legend, though unverifiable, is the most popular story about the origins of coffee. The earliest credible accounts of coffee-consumption emerged in the 15th century in the Sufi shrines of Yemen, and since then, coffee has become one of the most popular drinks in the world.

The Journey from Tree To Cup

Coffee beans are the seeds inside bright red berries of the coffea plant. They are picked, dried, and stripped down until all that’s left is a green bean. The beans are then roasted at around 450F. After a few minutes, the bean pops and doubles in size. A few minutes after that, the bean pops once more and is ready to make its way to the grinder, brewer, Aeropress, or french press.

Like the idea of coffee week? Stay tuned for why coffee is good for you, methods of preparation, and the very best coffee shops in the world.