Coffee originated in Ethiopia and was first exported to Yemen. The Trade grew from the Arabs to the Levantine Jews.

The world’s first coffee shop, Kiva Han, opened in Constantinople in 1475, and then in Venice in 1629.

In 1651, a man named Jacob, said to have been a Jewish immigrant from Lebanon, opened the first coffee house in England, in Oxford at The Angel Inn (where The Grand Café is now). Levantine Jews had only recently bought coffee from Turkey via Venice.

“The Virtue of the Coffee Drink”


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