Coffee is the most popular beverage in the world, with more than 400 billion cups consumed every year. Whether you drink it black, iced, in espresso form, or like your plant-based milk with a little bit of coffee, it’s the saving grace of millions of mornings across the globe.
Coffee was almost always beloved by the masses, but there was pushback from the ruling class, according to NPR. Drinking it was a capital offense under Sultan Murad IV, a ruler of the Ottoman Empire in the 17th century. In England, a six-page manifesto titled “The Womens Petition Against Coffee” warned that it caused impotence. Religious leaders dubbed it “Satan’s drink” until Pope Clement VIII tried it and claimed that “it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it.”