Eat this red fruit. I saw a goat herder eat it, and it kept him awake and alert.
This is the devil's work!
There is an Ethiopean legend where Kaldi, a goat herder, discovered coffee. It all began when he saw that his goats were full of energy after they ate some red fruit.
11th Century Ethiopia
Kaldi tried the fruit and, like his goats, he was full of energy.
Mid-14th Century Yemen
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After seeing Kaldi's change in behavior, a monk decided to bring some of the fruit back to his fellow monks. At first, the monks were not willing to try the fruit. One monk called the fruit the devil's work and then threw it into the fire.
What are you drinking?
There's this amazing drink that we call coffee. You should try it.
After a monk threw the fruit in the fire, he was so suprised by the aroma from the beans that he decided to give the idea another chance. The monks removed the beans from the fire and put them in an ewer, with hot water, in order to preserve them. This then turned into coffee.
What smells so good?
It's the fruit!
In the mid 14th century, coffee reached Yemen. Because of Yemen's environment and soil, they were able to harvest coffee. For about 300 years, coffee in Yemen was made with the same recipe that was first used in Ethiopia.
It turns out that we have the perfect climate and soil to harvest coffee.
In 1555, the Ottoman Governor of Yemen, introduced coffee to Istanbul. A new way to drink coffee was discovered in the Ottoman Palace. Because of this new method, coffee grew in its popularity in many parts of the world.