When, how, and where was the world’s first coffee discovered?

One day, in 850 AD, a shepherd named Kaldi in Ethiopia led his sheep to graze in an altogether different direction than the daily route. Once he was back after sunset with his sheep, he was surprised to find that his sheep instead of resting at night were behaving recklessly. Furthermore, the next day, all sheep went to graze in the same area and were anxious to eat the leaves of a particular plant without paying heed to the shepherd’s instruction. That night too their reckless behavior signified as if they were intoxicated.

Assuming the plant to be the reason for the weird behavior of his sheep, Kaldi thought of giving it a try and ate the fruit of this particular plant along with its seed. He too felt invigorated, and with experience he discovered that such stimulating feel was more due to its seed, rather than the fruit. Kaldi, the shepherd, then tried another experiment. He crushed the seeds, boiled them in water, and made himself a dark brown drink. In other words, Kaldi made world’s first coffee!

Although the beverage was very refreshing, it took many years to get recognition the world over. It was only when the cultivation of coffee began in the 15th century in South Arabia. Since the plant was native to Ethiopia’s Caffa village, the beverage made out of its seed was named the same. With the passage of time, the word Caffa was deformed and finally came to be known as Coffee.

More reading:
Coffee (Wikipedia)

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