North Central College - Naperville, IL

There’s a latte to know about coffee..

There’s a latte to know about coffee...

The earliest credible evidence of coffee drinking appears in the mid-15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of the Muslim world. From there, coffee spread to Italy, then to the rest of Europe, to Indonesia and to the Americas.

Coffee is grown in more than 70 countries, with Brazil leading the list as the top producer in the world.

In the 17th century, coffeehouses quickly became popular. The first coffeehouses in Western Europe appeared in Venice.

High demand for coffee during the American Civil War, together with advances in brewing technology, resulted in coffee becoming an everyday beverage in the United States.

Teen coffee consumption has been estimated to be growing by 15 percent annually since the mid-2000s, according to online sources.

Starbucks®, which began as a modest business roasting and selling quality coffee beans in Seattle, was started by three college students, Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker and Zev Siegl. The first Starbucks store opened on March 30, 1971.

James McDermet, a division senior vice president for Starbucks, earned his M.B.A. from North Central College in 1992, and also serves as a trustee of the College.

In 2004, SIFE students at North Central begin importing Guatemalan coffee for the College’s Conscience Bean coffee label.