The Origin of Coffee

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Goats help man discover coffee


Legend has it that  a Yemeni goat herder named Kaldi,  first took notice of the cherry red berries when his flock of goats were grazing on a the peculiar little shrub, around 800 A.D. Kaldi and the wise men of the village took notice of how they seemed to “dance” from one coffee shrub to another while consuming the berries, and decided he himself would sample the miracle fruit. Shortly thereafter, he was soon “dancing” along with his flock.

This incident was witnessed by a nearby monk who plucked some of berries for himself and his brothers. It has been said that that very night they were amazingly alert to divine inspiration. History records other Africans of the same era fueled up on a primative “power bar”.  consiting of  animal fat and coffee. They also unwound with a wine that was derived from coffee berry pulp.  Shortly thereafter, the coffee bean crossed the Red Sea to Arabia.

In about 1000 A.D. coffee beans were first recorded to have been roasted in Arabia.  One of the oldest known records of the use of coffee indicate that it was prescribed as a cure for intestinal difficulties as early as the 10th century by a Muslim doctors. By 1300 A.D. muslims were drinking the beverage religiously, and where they traveled they brought their bean broth with them. The world’s major provider of coffee at the time was a area named Mocha, and The Arabs rulers of Mocha made sure that any beans that were exported for trade were made infertile by parching or boiling them, and until the 1600′s it has been said that no coffee seed sprouted outside Africa or Arabia.

Around this time, an Indian pilgrim named Baba Budan reportedly smuggled fertile seeds out of Mecca by strapping them to his belly. Baba’s fertile beans bore fruit and initiated an agricultural expansion that would soon reach Europe’s colonies.

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