I originate from the highlands of Ethiopia, East Africa.
Legend says I was originally used by a shepherd named Kaldi. He used me after seeing the effects of caffeine in me on a goat. He made a drink out of me and discovered it kept him alert for longer periods of time.
I ate what the goat ate, I am awake and alert Longer!
I eventually came to Arabia, where I was first roasted and brewed, similar to how it is done today.
As word spread of me, I started to get traded Eastward to Arabia. By the 15th century, I had reached the rest of the Middle East. Then I spread to other places such as Italy, and from there, Europe got its hands on me. From Europe, I found my way to the Americas.
Though coffee houses rapidly began to appear, tea was still the favorite drink , until the year of 1773. Colonists revolted when King George placed a heavy tax on tea. The revolt, known as the “Boston Tea Party,” would forever change the American drinking preference to coffee. (Me)
No way, I'll drink coffee instead!
As of today, King George has issued higher takes on tea!
I became a very common source of agriculture. I was very popular in the form of a dark, caffeinated drink. I became so popular I was the preferred drink of the Americas and became a commodity.