Coffee History-How did it all start?

Coffee History-How did it all start?

I was once reading a book about the history of the largest chain of cafes in the world (you may already imagine what it is) and I found an interesting fact: the author Taylor Clark he said that coffee is the second most traded commodity internationally on the planet, second only to oil. Omg. At that moment I closed the book and took the time to process the information.
I recently discovered that this data is not completely true, but it did not make me lose faith in the grain or the drink. It helped me to get to know a little more about the origin of things. “With each cup of coffee you drink, you share one of the great mysteries of cultural history”, say the authors Bennett Weinberger and Bonnie Bealer. So let’s tell the beginning of this story.
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Legend has it that around the 6th century, a goat herder named Kaldi took care of his flock in the highlands of Ethiopia when he observed a strange fact: his goats seemed more agitated than usual, jumping and kicking. Kaldi looked around and noticed that there were dark leafy shrubs with small red fruits that left the goats full of energy. Curious, the pastor would have chewed some of those fruits and felt strangely refreshed.
Full of energy and good ideas (after all, that’s what people drink coffee for today), Kaldi would have taken the fruits to an Islamic sage who lived in a monastery in the region. After hearing the story, the man assessed the situation, thought it was not a good idea and threw the berries into the fire at once. And then, the aroma of the roasted seeds spread so irresistibly through the environment that the sage would have collected everything back from the fire and dissolved in hot water. The first cup of coffee in human history was made.
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Another (historically more likely) possibility for the discovery of coffee also has a direct link to the Islamic religion. In this version, Sufis, practitioners of a branch of Islam known as Sufism, would also have met with coffee in the Ethiopian region and taken some samples to test later. The discovery spread throughout the region and became increasingly popular.
Among the peoples of the Ethiopia region, the coffee fruit was already used in other ways, such as in a full-bodied batter fried in butter (were the ancestors of the pancakes?) Or mixed with animal fat and rolled into acorns the size of a billiard ball. . In fact, reports say that the warriors of the Ethiopian Galla tribe were able to be sated for an entire day of travel or battle by eating only one acorn of coffee with fat. Ew.
Either way, whether in the poetic version of young Kaldi or in the realistic version of the Sufi sages, the next step to discovery is always the same: it was from the Arabs, great thinkers and traders, that coffee entered Europe and won the world . So, toast to them!
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