A Brief History of Coffee

by Trinity Jimenez

Coffee is voted one of the top 5 most popular beverages on the planet. It is society’s hot cup of motivation, and it has been for centuries. Yes, I said centuries. Isn’t it funny how society consumes the same things every single day, yet we have little knowledge of how it began or where it comes from?
Well you’re about to learn a little something new today about our delicious coffee!

It all started in the Ethiopian highlands, where the legend of Kaldi, the goatherd, originated. In this region, coffee trees grow today as they have for centuries. Though this is story is a legend, and we will never know for certain, there is most likely some truth to the Kaldi legend.

Kaldi had discovered his goats eating berries from a certain tree, after eating them the goats became so full of energy that they would not go to sleep at night. Kaldi reported what he has discovered to the abbot of the local monastery who had then made a drink with the berries and realized that it kept him wide awake during the long hours of evening prayer. Shortly after, the abbot had shared his discovery with the other monks at the monastery, and eventually the information about the effects of the berries began to spread. As the word moved east and coffee reached Arabian Peninsula, it began a journey which would spread its reputation all across the globe.

Today coffee is grown and distributed in many countries around the world. Whether it is Asia or Africa, Central or South America, the islands of the Caribbean or Pacific, coffee’s heritage is traced back to the trees in the ancient coffee forests on the Ethiopian plateau.


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