The origins of coffee: an Ethiopian Legend

When coffee first showed up in human use no one can say for sure, however there are many legends stemming from each country and region where coffee grows naturally. Today I want to write about the origin story from Ethiopia!

The legend goes that a goat herder named Kaldi noticed that when his goats ate the berries from a certain tree the goats became extremely energetic and wouldn't sleep at night. Kaldi reported his findings to a local abbot who did an experiment with the berries by making a drink from them. He found that it gave him a lot of extra energy and alertness so he decided to share this with the other monks in his monastery. Soon this became a common drink and the concept of roasting the seeds of the berries caught on which made the beverage much more enjoyable. This drink began to spread along the Arabian Peninsula and the rest is history!

No one today can fully verify this story or if this is actually how humans discovered coffee but it is very interesting, and who doesn't love the idea of a bunch of adorable yet wound up goats running around??? 



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