Or maybe his name was Kaldi?
Ethiopian legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi noticed his goats were acting strangely and staying up later than normal after eating berries off a certain tree. Kaldi told his abbot (the head of an abbey of monks) about his sighting and his abbot investigated the situation further. The abbot made a drink with the berries and the drink kept him awake and sharp for late night prayers. The abbot then shared these findings with the monks and soon the coffee craze began. Once coffee traveled to the Arabian Peninsula, it was game over. Do you believe the legend?
Thanks A LATTE Ethiopia, but the Middle East has it from here.
Although coffee may have been discovered in Ethiopia, it was not until coffee made its way to the Middle East that it was developed and used for trade. Yemen was the first Arabian region to begin growing coffee in the 15thcentury followed by Syria, Turkey, Egypt and Persia a century later. Coffee houses began to appear allowing people to socialize, play a game or two of chess and enjoy music. According to the National Coffee Association, coffee houses were eventually known as ‘Schools of the Wise’ because so many people would discuss issues with one another at the houses. Coffee is also often accompanied by hookah, tea, or a meal in the Middle East. Although Arabia fought hard to keep the product protected, coffee eventually made its way to Europe in the 17th century.
Many Europeans thought coffee was bitter. The clergy condemned the beverage and asked for support from the Pope. Pope Clement VIII enjoyed the smooth drink so much that he gave it Papal approval despite the arguments for and against the caffeinated craze. Coffee houses started to pop up all over Europe especially in London. New York (New Amsterdam at the time) got its first taste of coffee in the mid-1600s. Tea was the favorite in the New World until the Boston Tea Party turned coffee into one of America’s most popular drinks. According to the Food Industry, the world consumes approximately 1.6 billion cups of coffee a day! Think about all the different orders of coffee being made, whether it’s a simple black coffee, vanilla latte, iced caramel macchiato, a shot of espresso, or a blended coffee, the possibilities seem endless. What is your favorite?
Obsessive Coffee Disorder.
I have self-diagnosed myself with a coffee addiction. As a college student I don’t see how I could get through a day of school, work, assignments, meetings for organizations, and socializing without coffee. My coffee intake can range from one to three cups a day depending on my schedule but I always manage to make a pot in the morning and sit outside to start my day off the best way possible. I think my coffee intake is normal for a college student but maybe that’s just me. What do you think? Thanks A Latte to the Middle East for the coffee for without it I’d be super despressod.
Coffee In The Middle East; The Best Way To Do Business – Gulf Business. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://gulfbusiness.com/2013/08/coffee-in-the-middle-east-a-way-of-life/#.VDQhC_ldWjI
The History Of Coffee – National Coffee Association. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.ncausa.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=68