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Coffee history snapshot

The ‘Chicken and the egg debate maybe easier to unravel and state true early facts… but whichever version you agree with, all are fun. Lets stick with the quaintest and hopefully the truth… but we doubt it…

Back in… 850AD, an Ethiopian goat herder named Kaldi noticed his goats became excited, energetic and jumping after eating cheery red berries and therefore tried the berries himself.  His exhilaration on eating the cherries led him to a local Islamic monk from Sufi monastery, unimpressed the monk threw the beans on a fire, resulting in the sweet coffee caramel aromas; with himself and now other monastery monks raking the roasted beans, grinding them to powder and dissolved the brown substance with hot water yielding the first cup of ‘qahwah’ or coffee…

The first substantiated evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree is from the early 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen.  extending rapidly to Mecca and Cairo. During the 16th century, coffee had reached the rest of the Middle East, South India, PersiaTurkey, the Horn of Africa, and northern Africa. Coffee then spread to the Balkans, Italy, and to the rest of Europe, as well as Southeast Asia and then to America.