Bean Press: Over 9,000 Coffee Shops in the Middle East, and Counting

Several countries in the Middle East have generally been considered fertile ground for coffee roasting and retail growth. By Nick Brown New research from Allegra World Coffee Portal suggests that the Middle East branded coffee market boasts more than 9,000 outlets in 2018, while significant future growth is predicted in many of the 12 Middle Eastern countries[…]

History, Types, and Preparation of Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee is a style of coffee prepared using very finely ground coffee beans without filtering.[1][2] Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction First appearing in the Ottoman Empire, under the strictest interpretations of the Quran the strong coffee was considered a drug and its consumption was forbidden. Due to the immense popularity of the beverage, the sultan eventually lifted this prohibition.[11][…]

A Touch of Turkish: Honoré de Balzac’s Life, Work, and Love of Coffee

The 19th-century author liked his coffee as strong as possible, and a lot of it! Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction Honoré de Balzac[2][3][4][5], born Honoré Balzac;[1] was a French novelist and playwright. The novel sequence La Comédie humaine, which presents a panorama of post-Napoleonic French life, is generally viewed as his magnum opus. Owing to his keen observation[…]

A History of Coffeehouses in the Turkish Ottoman Empire since the 16th Century

The tradition of the Ottoman coffeehouses was exported to the other European empires where coffee became a staple. Curated/Reviewed by Matthew A. McIntoshPublic HistorianBrewminate Introduction The Ottoman coffeehouse, or Ottoman Café was a distinctive part of the culture of the Ottoman Empire. These coffeehouses, started in the mid-sixteenth century, brought together citizens across society for educational, social, and political activity[…]