Armenians opened the first European coffee houses
- Coffee came via Arabia to today’s Turkey and to Armenia.
- Armenian merchants from the Ottoman Empire opened the first coffee houses in Europe.
- In the late 17th century, Café Daniel Moser was opened by Johannes Diodato in Vienna.
- In 1672 Pascal opened the first cafés in Paris, later also in London, Venice and Holland.
- Prague’s first café, “Zlatého Hada” or “Golden Serpent”, was opened by Deomatus Damajian or Dajamanus.
- At that time, Armenian fashion was used to decorate the buildings of the coffee houses.
- The origins of the word coffee – in Armenian “sorsch” or “sorch” – exist since 1787 at the latest.
- However, whether it is a combination of „sev chur“ or „sev tschur“, which literally means “black water“, is not verified.
- Another theory to the word origin is based on the noise when brewing or slurping a hot drink.
☕ Traditional Preparation
Coffee is drunk throughout the day in Armenia. In the streets there are small stalls with freshly roasted coffee beans everywhere.
Their traditional way of preparing coffee is over 1000 years old. As with the preparation of Turkish coffee, the beans are very finely ground and prepared in a mocha pot, called jazva/ jazzve/ jesveh / imrik.
- One cup of cold water is filled into the jazva per mocha cup.
- In addition a heaped tsp very finely ground coffee as well as 1 tsp sugar is added to taste.
- Stir well and heat on the stove until the coffee foam rises.
- Then take it from the stove, repeat 2-3 times and immediately fill in the cup(s).
- If you like, you can also put a cardamom capsule or fig in the cup before pouring in the coffee. This gives the coffee a special aroma.
- With the coffee choreg– Armenian Easter bread is served.
- After drinking coffee, it is also a popular to read from the coffee grounds.