The Pope who gave Europe the Okay to drink Coffee and beat the Devil in the process.

Some people have undeservedly been lost to history. I would personally like to give thanks to good ole Pope Clement VIII (1536-1605).

In the 1500s, coffee was imported from Arabia to Europe through the canals of Venice, Italy. While people in Christian Europe liked the caffeinated drink, it was greeted with suspicion.

Some called it “Satan's drink.” Monks even urged Pope Clement VIII to outlaw the “Muslim” drink. The pope argued that the drink was so good that it would be a “sin” to let only “pagans drink it.” Thanks to Pope Clement, coffee began to spread across Europe.

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