In an article published by the San Marco Times, a Venetian expedition to Egypt discovered a rare and exotic plant previously unknown to our shores. Paduan physician and botanist Prospero Alpini, who accompanied the expedition, was credited for bringing the knowledge of this plant, known as Coffee Arabica L, back to the Serene Republic of Venice. Alpini commented that he planned on publishing his findings in a book under the title De Medicina Egyptiorum which he believes will be the first mention by a European writer of the coffee plant.
Venetian merchants are now offering coffee-drinking to the wealthy in Venice, charging them heavily for the beverage. We are petitioning the Doge and the Council of Twelve to make this drink available to all citizens although there have been reports that the Catholic Church may ban the drink saying that coffee is for Satan’s followers and Christians who drink it might lose their souls to the Evil One. Strong trade links with the Levant remain controversial yet it is unlikely that Venetian traders will sever ties with the region as long as the importing of coffee into Italy is profitable. Investors are now being approached and it is said that the first European coffee house outside of the Ottoman Empire is scheduled to open in Venice in a few years.
A tongue in cheek version of coffee’s arrival in Europe, factually true, slightly embellished