Coffee cultivation first took place in southern Arabia;the earliest credible evidence of coffee-drinking appears in the middle of the 15th century in the Sufi shrines of Yemen. From the Middle East, coffee spread to Italy. The thriving trade between Venice and North Africa, Egypt, and the Middle East brought many goods, including coffee, to the Venetian port. From Venice, it was introduced to the rest of Europe. Continue reading for more interesting and geeky things you may not have known about coffee.