Coffee, World Drink

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Calling all coffee lovers! There’s no denying it… Melburnians love their coffee!

Although our love for coffee is unrivalled, many of us are unfamiliar with the history of this exotic drink. Hobsons Bay Libraries, with the Islamic Museum of Australia, are excited to take you on a coffee tour around the world.

Coffee was brought to the Arab world from East Africa by Yemeni merchants who became the first to cultivate it. Sufis in Yemen developed the liquid form as early as the 13th century, finding it increased concentration, helped them stay awake for worship and even assisted with the long pilgrimage to Mecca. The drink quickly grew in popularity, spreading first to Mecca then across the Middle East, on to Europe and eventually all the way to the coffee capital of Australia – Melbourne.

Coffee has become a fundamental component of contemporary society in Australia, though few know the story of its origins. It has come to be a social tool, something that unites individuals and forms the base of both personal catch-ups and professional meetings. It is also accepted as a stimulant, offering a mental boost without the stigma attached to other such products.

Come along to a caffeine induced journey of discovery, from coffee’s early Arab beginnings to the unique tastes and flavours now on offer around the world. Guests will enjoy tasting the Turkish ‘kahve’, Moroccan ‘nous-nous’, Saudi Arabian ‘al-qahwa’ and Lebanese, Yemeni and Malay blends.

Numbers are limited so make sure you secure your spot now by heading to http://libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

Coffee, The World Drink

Wednesday 21 August, 10.30am to 12.30pm

Altona North Community Library, corner Millers and McArthurs Roads, Altona North

For bookings visit libraries.hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au/ or phone 1300 HOB LIB (1300 462 542

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