Where Did Coffee Originate?
Where did coffee originate? Well, that’s the easy bit. At the very beginning, it came from Ethiopia. But how the bean made it to every corner of the globe? That’s what we are going to dig into.
After a slow discovery in Africa, coffee went west into Europe to be discovered and coveted by the newer civilizations as well as east into Asia where it was planted and harvested.
There’s a lot to cover, so grab a cup of coffee and read on.
How Was Coffee Discovered? – Ethiopia And The Dancing Goats
The most popular origin story of the beloved bean starts with Kaldi and his goats in 700 AD. Kaldi, an Ethiopian (formerly Abyssinia) goat herder stumbled on his goats acting quite strange.
They were dancing. This definitely wasn’t normal. He discovered that they were eating red berries and concluded that this fruit was the cause of this odd behavior.
After stumbling upon this magic fruit, he shared his findings with a monk, who was ecstatic to find something that would help him stay awake all night as he prayed.
Another story, however, claims that Kaldi shared these beans with a monk who disapproved of their use and threw them into the fire.
The result was a wonderful, pleasing aroma that became the world’s first roasted coffee. Shortly after this, the beans were ground and boiled to produce what we know today as coffee.