The Legend of Coffee
Once upon a time in Ethiopia – former Abyssinia – there lived a goat herder named Kaldi. He was a responsible and patient goatherd. He would wait in the evening for his loyal herd to return to him after their daily grazing.
One night, Kaldi’s goats did not return. He searched for his herd and found them at dawn, dancing recklessly by the shiny, dark-leafed bushes with bright red berries. he stared, amazed as his goats pranced and bounced with glee. Kaldi decided to try the berries for himself, and was excited to discover the berries had the same energetic effect on him as it did his goats.
Kaldi rushed home to his wife with pockets stuffed with these barriers. She was as excited as he was and convinced that they were gift from God, send Kaldi to their local monastery. The monk was skeptical of this so-called miraculous discovery and declared the berries from the devil while throwing them into the fire. An enticing aroma began to saturate the room drawing other monks in curiosity. They knelt down and scooped up the now roasted berries to cover them with hot water for preservation. After that night they committed to drinking the brew every night to help them stay awake during prayers. From Ethiopia coffee beans made their way north to Yemen and over the time coffee spread throughout the whole world.