CoffeePosted: April 5, 2011
When I first got to the 12 step rooms in 1986 in Adult Children of Alcoholics, people starting asking me if I wanted to go to coffee with them.
Coffee?? What a concept…!
I thought only Beatniks, Europeans, Grannys and men that work the night shift drank coffee, but later when I got sober in 1990, I started going out to little coffee shops with the members of AA, not Starbucks until later that first year when I visited Seattle. Wow! That was so cool, the first few Starbucks were an amazing experience for me. I was accustomed to this latitude and our Viet Namese restaurants drinking thick syrupy French coffee sweetened with sweetened condensed milk, hot or over ice.
My grandmother used to give me a little coffee with mostly milk and lots of sugar when I was young. I remember eating beignets and drinking chicory coffee at Cafe Du Monde with my mom as a child, but my experiences with coffee were minimal until I joined AA.
Coffee became our comforting new friend to replace the effects of alcohol.
Now as part of most people’s lives, going to coffee is just a normal way of life.
We talk and relax and let our hair down over a hot cup’pa Joe. We awaken each morning to the newspaper and the feel of a warm cup in our hands. We make a pot of coffee when friends come by. We grind our own beans and have become coffee experts, with drip and grind and filters and presses….
So thank you dear coffee for your little magic and bringing us together in AA and thereafter.
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Alcoholics Anonymous co-founders Bill W. and Dr. Bob – Bill Wilson and Dr. Robert Smith – used this coffee pot for sober meetings at Smith’s home in 1935. Those gatherings were the forerunners of what became AA meetings.
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Coffee received a major boost in popularity during the rise of Islam, a religion which outlawed alcohol but adopted coffee as an acceptable drink. It was even called qahwa which is the old Arab word for wine; from which the name “coffee” is thought to derive. Initially coffee was mainly drank by Arab Sufi monks, but by the fifteenth century it was being consumed by everybody throughout the Islamic world in ubiquitous coffee houses that were called kaveh kanes.
The Arabian monopoly on coffee was broken by a Muslim pilgrim from India named Baba Budan. Sometime around the year 1650, the legend has it that Baba smuggled seven coffee seeds strapped to his body out of Mecca. These special coffee seeds were then planted near the city of Chickmaglur in southern India… these Arabian coffee trees are parents of most coffee trees in the world today. This region of India today still produces quality coffee beans from the original ancient Arabian coffee seeds.
Through the efforts of the British East India Company, coffee became popular in England as well. It was introduced in France in 1657, and in Austria and Poland following the 1683 Battle of Vienna, when coffee was captured from supplies of the defeated Turks. When coffee reached the Thirteen Colonies, it was initially not as successful as it had been in Europe. However, during the Revolutionary War, the demand for coffee increased so much that dealers had to hoard their scarce supplies and raise prices dramatically; this was partly due to the reduced availability of tea from British merchants. After the War of 1812, during which Britain had temporarily cut off access to tea imports, the Americans’ taste for coffee grew, and high demand during the American Civil War together with advances in brewing technology secured the position of coffee as an everyday commodity in the United States. The major coffee-producing regions today are South America, Vietnam, Cote d’Ivore and Kenya.
Coffee ingestion on average is about a third that of tap water in most of North America and Europe. In total, 6.7 million metric tons of coffee were produced annually in 1998–2000, and the forecast is a rise to 7 million metric tons annually by 2010.