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From the Editor
The most popular beverage in the world
By Jim Duncan
In the last 500 years, the coffee bean went from being an obscure desert plant in Arabia and the Horn of Africa to the most popular beverage in most of the world. The drink survived considerable opposition and major trials — first by religious clerics in the Ottoman Empire and later by a pope. Both times, coffee was declared to be a morally correct alternative to booze.
When King Charles II tried to ban coffeehouses in England, a women’s group petitioned him with their support because, in modern parlance, coffee made men less horny than booze, thus “threatening the extinction of the human race.” Women were incidentally not allowed in British coffeehouses at the time. During a morality debate in Germany, composer Johann Sebastian Bach wrote a cantata satirizing coffee’s opponents.
Coffee’s triumph over its haters was a victory for civilization. Our cover story demonstrates how many of the great achievements of The Enlightenment, from Isaac Newton’s theory of gravity to the creation of modern insurance brokerages, were actually created in coffeehouses. We learn how the Europeans broke the Ottoman monopoly on coffee. We see how modern coffeehouses developed in post World War II Italy and influenced the Internet revolution on the West Coast of the U.S. We note how Des Moines developed its own distinct coffee culture due to the fact that major coffee chains were interested only in larger cities.
We visit with chefs, roasters, bartenders and producers to see what people are making with coffee, and to pair with coffee. The Dish returns with three months of news, gossip, honors and trends. RELISH
— Jim Duncan, editor
Jim Duncan has covered the food scene in Des Moines for more than 25 years. And he never met a dish he didn’t respect.