Thursday, August 03, 2006

Kaffee Mocha


Mocha (from the Arabic al-mukha) is a Red Sea port city in Yemen. Coffee as a popular beverage came from trees cultivated in the Ethiopian province of Kaffa.

Arabs held a tight monopoly on coffee exports beginning in the 15th century, and most of the coffee beans shipped went through the port of Mocha. Europeans began to enjoy coffee in the 17th century. By 1700, there were 3,000 coffee houses in London alone. They became the in place to meet and to learn the news of the day.

Café mocha as we know it consists of one ounce of espresso mixed with steamed milk and chocolate. In Europe, chocolate at first was a drink, not something to eat, so the similarities between coffee from Mocha and an unsweetened bitter chocolate drink are apparent.

Mocha is also the name of an interactive software environment for system specification and verification.


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