Today, the idea of a coffee house brings to mind a cozy place that serves gourmet coffee and espresso drinks, with couches to lounge in while you sip. So how did the coffee house get its start? The history of the coffee house begins hundreds of years ago and certainly has changed over the years.
The First Coffee House in Turkey
The first record of a public place serving coffee dates back to 1475. Kiva Han was the name of the first coffee shop. It was located in the Turkish city of Constantinople (now Istanbul).
Turkish coffee was served strong, black and unfiltered, usually brewed in a
n ibrik. They took coffee very seriously, too. In fact, it was such an important item during that time, that it was legal in Turkey for a woman to divorce her husband if he could not supply her with enough coffee.