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Coffee History

The history of coffee has many versions, from the story of an Ethiopian herder named Kaldi who wondered why his berry-nibbling goats were getting frisky; to a 15th Century Sufi who found coffee drove away fatigue. Read on and discover how what was once a goat's favorite snack has become one of the world's most popular drinks.

  • Kaldi, the Goat Herder
  • Coffee: The First Granola
  • Coffee, Sun Tea & Wine
  • Coffee's First Name
  • Coffee Medicine
  • Antidote to Drunkenness
  • Brewed Coffee, Finally
  • The First Coffee House
  • Baptized by the Pope
  • New York to Boston


  • Kaldi, the Goat Herder

    It is said that an Ethiopian goat herder (often called Kaldi) discovered coffee. One day the goat herder saw his goats prancing in a field and wondered why they were acting so lively. Noticing they were eating the berries of tree, he tried one himself. He found the fruit of this tree to be fairly bland, but vaguely sweet and mildly refreshing. After a few minutes around the meadows he found himself feeling quite lively himself - frolicking and prancing about.

    Realizing that the usual boundaries of propriety between a goat herder and his goats were in a state of alarming deterioration, the noble (could the discoverer of coffee be any less?) goat herder composed himself as best he could, gathered up a handful of the berries, and took them to a local abbot. The abbot tried them and thought they were a gift from God created so he and his monks could pray all night.