Stepping over the threshold of a smaller than average wooden door, the first thing that hits me is the smell. There’s no mistaking the familiar depth and richness of coffee.
It is said that coffee originated in Yemen and spread to the rest of Arabian Peninsula when a clergyman offered the drink to an ailing seaman on a trade ship. The drink was said to immediately take effect and cured him. It didn't take long for this port town to captivate the rest of the world with its bitter, rich flavour and golden colour.
What better way to explore this magical elixir than at the coffee museum tucked away in a quiet corner of Bastakiya, a visual and olfactory delight to both the coffee enthusiast and the occasional coffee drinker.
The decor by itself, practically invites you to take a seat and savour this drink with all its history and significance and that's exactly what I did.
The property has a number of small rooms within it, each talking about some aspect of coffee and its processing. My personal favourites included a room that displayed a quaint collection of antique coffee grinders from around the world.
Another highlight was the room titled Coffee and Literature, housing several books on coffee and its appearance in works of literature throughout the years. A cosy little setting, similar to the rest of the rooms in the building, each of which are no bigger than the average living room.
One of the more amusing displays was an original copy of a book published in 1845, titled Kaffe ist wirklich Gifti Keine Ironie: leider zu sehr Ernst (Coffee is really poison! No irony: unfortunately very honest) by Edmund Smith, who evidently isn't a fan of the stuff himself.
There is even a copy of a song composed by Bach named Coffee Cantate, which amusingly tells of an addiction to coffee.
One could easily spend an entire lazy morning walking in and out of rooms, taking in the beautiful aroma that surrounds the place. An interesting look behind the scenes of what goes into making your daily cup o’ joe.