The power and privilege of the Vatican has carried considerable influence over the centuries. In affairs of the state and in affairs of the heart, papal edits have changed the course of history on more than one occasion. In the late 1500’s, the approval of Pope Clement VIII’s to the introduction of coffee in Europe did much to popularize what some were calling a “bitter invention of the devil”. Vatican officials asked Clement to impose a ban on coffee, but his fondness for the drink caused him to refuse saying “this Satan’s drink is delicious… we shall fool him by baptizing it.”
Coffee is now a multi-billion dollar business and almost 7 million metric tons of coffee beans are harvested every year.