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History of the Coffee Cup

Updated on July 1, 2011

Coffee History

The history of the coffee mug is alot longer than I would have thought it would have been. Something that alot of people probably don't know is that Ethiopians were the first to cultivate coffee in the 11th century. The Arab world was the ones who expanded on the coffee world to help invent new coffees. It then spread to the rest of the world to be developed into coffee as we know it today.

Bans on Coffee

There were lots of bans on coffee between many different parts of the world most were banned by churches.  In some parts of Europe coffee was banned, in the 1600's the ban was lifted allowing many people to enjoy coffee and thats when coffee houses starting spreading like wild fire.


That's Were The Coffee Cup Comes In.

Coffee Cups were made from wood and were first started in 1475 in Constantinople. Mugs were found before in the stone age made from bone. But it was first considered a coffee mug or cup in 1475. Britain in 1748 banned coffee and anything that went along with it. So this created a black market for coffee cups.

Once coffee hit America that's when the market of coffee cups exploded and the world of coffee mugs and cups changed. Their are so many different sizes of coffee cups.

Coffee cups change and look different depending on the culture they come from. Some countries only the rich have the privilege of enjoying coffee.

China was the first to use porcelain, that's when fine china could be said to be a collectible. Some of the other cups that were first made were handmade from clay and weren't all that usable because of the weird shape that wouldn't be friendly to the mouth.

Coffee cups have also been made out of gold, silver, nickel, lead and bone.  So I think the ceramic cup is a great invention.  Since silver, gold would make a really expensive cup,  Lead as we know it is not healthly to touch.  And drinking out of a bone cup doesn't sound to fun to me.

After coffee became more of a on the go liquid people started inventing traveling mugs and more disposable cups.  This is when Styrofoam, paper and metal mugs came along.  The coffee cups became a lot easier to come about and easier to take with you when paper cups were invented.


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    • Angela Brummer profile image

      Angela Brummer 

      7 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Wow I can not believe coffee was ban... how interesting or that it has been drank since the 11th century!!! Great writting well done hub! Voted up!

    • caninecrtitics profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Massachusetts

      Thanks Reynold imagine drinking from a bone coffee cup lol.

    • Reynold Jay profile image

      Reynold Jay 

      8 years ago from Saginaw, Michigan

      I woke up this morning asking myself this very question wondering where coffe cups originated. It is a mystical force that brought to this HUB! I enjoyed this very much... Up 1 and useful. Rj


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