The Coffee Story
The origin of coffee remains a mystery. Legend has it that an Ethiopian goatherd, Kaldi, was the first to notice the bush full of red fruit. He found his goats had suddenly become very energetic and became curious. He tried out the berries and felt a rush of energy. This was roughly around 850 A.D.
Excited about his discovery, Kaldi reported his findings to the local monastery. The abbot made himself a drink with these berries and found that he remained alert through the long hours of his evening service. The word of the amazing berries quickly spread across the monastery and beyond.
While one is not sure whether Kaldi and his goats existed, the chances of coffee originating from a plateau in Ethiopia is high. The Kaffa region has shown high potential for its growth over centuries.
The Persian physician and philosopher Razi was perhaps the first person to document coffee and its uses. He noted its medicinal benefits in its notes.