Coffee is this so invigorating caffeinated beverage that fills our senses early in the morning and we even unwind at home in our pajamas. Even your drink has its own holiday - September 29.

 

After oil, coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world. Globally, nearly 2,25 billion cups of coffee are consumed every day. In the United States alone, New York City drinks nearly 7 times more coffee than in the rest of the United States, which explains why there are Starbucks at every corner in Manhattan. Many celebrities were coffee lovers. For example, the French writer and philosopher Voltaire consumed up to 50 glasses a day. Coffee has become a daily ritual for millions of people around the world.

But let's see where his story begins.

 

Like most foods, coffee has been unknown to humans for centuries. A famous Ethiopian legend tells of a goat named Caldy whose goats ate from an unknown bush with reddish fruits and were full of energy. The goat also tried them and felt reassured. A monk witnessed the incident, who decided to taste the fruits and take them to the monastery, where the monks spent the night under the influence of caffeine in the beans.

 

Before coffee became a daily beverage, it was originally used for various uses. In its purest form, coffee is as red as a cherry. It was also used as an energy bar, mixed with animal fat. This stimulant serves as a natural pesticide and protects coffee fruits from pests. It is interesting to note that before the advent of chocolate and its use as a drink, coffee was used in the form of thick porridge, indicating that ancient peoples were looking for different approaches to the use of coffee beans.

 

In ancient times, around 1300 BC, people mixed all the fruit of coffee, including the zipper. It wasn't until the 13 century that they started to brew coffee and make it as we know it today, with the idea of ​​roasting coming from Saudi Arabia. In 1600, Indian worshiper Baba Budan left Mecca, carrying several coffee beans. Sixteen years later, Baba Budan established the first cafe in Sri Lanka and then opened two more cafes in Ceylon and Java in 1669.

 

The name of coffee in most European languages ​​comes from the Turkish word "kahve". In Yemen, they call it "qahwah", which was originally a romantic name for wine. Later, the Turks called it "kahve", the Danish "bucket", and finally the English gave it the name "coffee". Gradually, Europeans began to plant coffee beans everywhere - the French began brewing coffee in the Caribbean, the Spaniards in Central America, and the Portuguese in Brazil. In Italy and France, many cafes began to open, which further helped to promote the drink. Parisians could now enjoy a cup of coffee served with a baguette or croissant at the many cafes in Paris.

 

Coffee, although it reached the New World in the early 18 century, was not particularly popular. This is after the notorious Boston Tea Party of 1773, when Americans switched from tea to coffee, from patriotism. The ensuing conflicts further helped increase the popularity of coffee, especially among soldiers who relied on caffeine to have energy in the battles and stay awake.

 

Among the coffee lovers was Theodore Roosevelt, who was rumored to be consuming a gallon of coffee a day. His is the famous Maxwell House (coffee brand) slogan, "Good to the Last Drop," after tasting coffee at the historic Hermitage House in Tennessee, the Hermitage.

 

Coffee became a worldwide commodity at the end of 1800 and traders began to look for new ways to market the drink. In 1864, two Pittsburgh brothers, John and Charles Arbuckle, purchased the first coffee bean oven invented by Jabez Burns. They named their Ariosa coffee and started offering roasted coffee beans in paper bags to cowboys in the Wild West. Soon after, James Athearn Folger followed suit and began offering miners coffee during the California Gold Rush. In the late 60's, in 1974, the first Starbucks cafe was created in Seattle.

 

Today, the selection and creation of different varieties of coffee has become an art that is valued for its complexity and aromas, like wine. Every coffee lover - from the one who drinks it pure to the one who loves it with milk and cream - has his own way of enjoying this drink.

 

One of these coffee lovers is Kyrgyz artist Nurlan Duishbekov. He believes that coffee and art have been inseparable for centuries. Although deeply intertwined, coffee was viewed more as part of the artistic process. It encouraged the tired artist, but coffee was never considered part of the finished creative product created by the artist.

 

Now Nurlan wants to show that coffee can play a much more important role, so he started experimenting, using it as a kind of "paint" in his paintings. He worked for 4 for years in a cafe where he made cappuccino, latte and americanos. He realized with time that coffee and oils were of the same consistency. He started experimenting with espresso, but this "paint" was predictable, not bright enough and difficult to manipulate. I passed on a non-coffee and it turned out. If he wanted light tones in his paintings, he added more water, and for dark tones more coffee. And here is - the picture came out and got a finished and interesting look. Through his "coffee" art, Nurlan paints us with images of everyday life, life and culture in Kyrgyzstan.

 

His energy in the paintings focuses on the beauty of the Kyrgyz nature and also outlines the traditional life of this people. She feels patriot and draws inspiration from the Kyrgyz culture, from traditions, places, ornaments and even wear. He is currently working on a series of paintings around 20 related to the escape of young people from the country. Often the population goes to study and work in Russia, Turkey and Kazakhstan, but also further afield - Germany, the US, Canada or the UAE. Recognizing that there is high unemployment in the country, and despite the attractive opportunities for young people abroad, Nurlan wants to ask them a question through these paintings: - Would they choose to return to their roots in their home country despite the high salary, a nice house and comfort in a foreign country?

 

The series of paintings present the life of a boy whose parents leave Kyrgyzstan but then return again. They visit different parts of the country during different periods of their lives, thus showing the beauty of their home country. Through his paintings, Nurlan wants to present the beauty of his native Kyrgyzstan and to show that it is not necessary for people to flee abroad, but just to look around and discover the earthly paradise and stay.

 

Nurlan himself grew up in Bishkek and inherited the talent from his father, who was also an artist and teacher at the art gallery in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzstan). Sometimes his father carried unfinished works at home, and he worked for hours on them. As a younger Nurlan, he experimented with cartoons, but now his work is inspired by Kyrgyz culture and that of Kyrgyz author Genghis Aitmatov.

 

Nurlan currently works as a programmer in his native Bishkek, and in his spare time he continues to paint. He hopes in time to be able to exhibit his paintings in a gallery. And while it does, it will continue to present its Coffee Art project to people with hope and a glimpse into the future, because it believes that one can live as well here as he does abroad.

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