Coffee grown worldwide can trace its heritage back centuries to the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau. Many believe that it was found by a goat herder which will be explained later.
The coffee plant, which was discovered in Ethiopia in the 11th Century, has a white blossom that smells like jasmine and a red, cherry-like fruit. Back then, the leaves of the so-called “magical fruit” were boiled in water and the resulting concoction was thought to have medicinal properties. As the fame of the coffee plant spread to other lands, its centuries-long voyage was about to begin.
There, legend says the goat herder Kaldi first discovered the potential of these beloved beans. The story goes that Kaldi discovered coffee after he noticed that after eating the berries from a certain tree, his goats became so energetic that they did not want to sleep at night. Kaldi reported his findings to the abbot of the local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and found that it kept him alert through the long hours of evening prayer. After witnessing their strange behavior, a monk took some of the fruit back to his fellow monks; they too spent the night awake and alert. Of course, they would have been reacting to coffee’s high dose of caffeine.
Although many people believe that coffee originated in Ethiopia, some believe that the evidence of drinking coffee appeared in the 16th century.
As word moved east and coffee reached the Arabian Peninsula, it began a journey which would bring these beans across the globe.
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