Hey Indy? Did you know that the first person to discover the energizing effects of coffee was actually a goat herder? The legend of Kaldi is one of the most well-known origin stories in coffee history.
Kaldi discovered the effect when he saw his goats getting excited after eating some berries from a tree. He told the abbot of the local monastery about this, and the abbot came up with the idea of drying and boiling the berries to make a beverage. He threw the berries into the fire, whence the unmistakable aroma of what we now know as coffee drifted through air. The now roasted beans were raked from the embers, ground up and dissolved in hot water. So was made the world’s first cup of coffee!
The abbot and his monks found that they could stay awake for hours at a time – just what they needed for men devoted to long hours of prayer. They shared their discovery with other monks around Ethiopia. Word spread quickly, and so did their hot drink!