According to a coffee history legend, an Arabian
shepherd named Kaldi found his goats dancing joyously around
a dark green leafed shrub with bright red cherries in the
southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula. Kaldi soon
determined that it was the bright red cherries on the shrub
that were causing the peculiar euphoria and after trying
the cherries himself, he learned of their powerful effect.
The stimulating effect was then exploited by monks at a
local monastery to stay awake during extended hours of prayer
and distributed to other monasteries around the world.
Coffee was born.
Despite the appeal of such
a legend, recent botanical evidence suggests a different coffee bean origin. This evidence indicates that the history of the coffee bean beagan on the plateaus of central Ethiopia
and somehow must have been brought to Yemen where it was
cultivated since the 6th century. Upon introduction
of the first coffee houses in Cairo and Mecca coffee became
a passion rather than just a stimulant.
For more coffee legends and details about the history of the coffee bean, visit National Geographic.com.
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