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History of Coffee

One story of the discovery of coffee dates back to 1000 A.D. There are several variations of this tale, but most of the facts stay consistent.

According to legend, a goat herder named Kaldi from Caffa, Ethopia, realized that his goats did not return home one day. Kaldi decided to go look for his goats. Upon finding his goats, Kaldi noticed that they were acting strangely (apparently they were dancing) after eating red cherries from a certain bush. Intrigued, Kaldi decided to try the berries. Soon, he too was dancing around.

Around this time, a wise man named Aucuba crossed paths with Kaldi. Aucuba was tired, hungry, and on his way to prayers. Curious about the antics of Kaldi and his goats, Aucuba ate the berries from the bush.

Suddenly he was wide-awake and resumed his travels revitalized. Aucuba took some of the berries back with him and mixed the berries with the drinks at his monastery that kept people awake during prayer. Knowledge of this special drink soon spread to other towns, which is how the story of coffee spread throughout the known world.

A different variation of this story shows Kaldi taking the berries to the monastery. The monks believed these berries to be the work of the devil. The monk threw the berries into the fire, which released their aroma. The monk rescued the berries from the fire and eventually created the drink we consume today. The monks considered the drink a divine gift because it kept people awake during prayers.




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