Coffee stranger? We love coffee and are proud to introduce our modest contribution
to furthering the enjoyment of this civilized global drink. According to the Oxford
Dictionary, the origins of the word coffee come from the Turkish word Kahveh which
is their pronounciation of the Arabic name qahwah which originally meant a sort of
wine. Coffee culture is believed to have started with tribes in Ethiopia and travelled
via Arab traders to Constantinople where, again according to the Oxford Dictionary,
in 1475, Kiva Han, the first recorded coffee shop was opened. The concept of hanging
out and drinking coffee appealed to Italian traders who introduced coffee to western
Europe in the early 1600s. In Italy coffee preparation became an art form via the
espresso method where the brewing process is done by forcing hot water under
pressure through finely ground coffee. Espresso coffee is often served in 1 ounce shots,
but we like the 2 ounce version, the Doppio. The espresso migrated to the new world via
super-charging a cup of drip coffee with a shot; enter the Americano.
Our mugs and tumblers are named in honour of these coffee milestones; give them a try, we hope our efforts will be enjoyed by you and friends over coffee and conversation.