are many legends which portray the origin of
of the most widespread is about an exiled Arabian
Sheik who saved himself from starvation while in
the wilderness by making soup from the berries of
the coffee shrub.
more complete story of the origin of the coffee drinking
is about Kaldi, a goat keeper, who lived in Ethiopia
more than 1000 years ago. He noticed his goats behaved
very strangely if they ate red berries from the coffee
bush. Even older goats would leap about like young
kids. Kaldi told his story to the abbot of a nearby
monastery who decided to test the power of this berry
for himself. He poured boiling water onto some berries
to make a drink, which he found helped him to stay
awake. He and the other monks then drank this liquid
each night and they no longer felt sleepy during
their long hour of prayer.
there are many legends about coffee and Muslim monks,
it was definitely grown in Islamic Monastery gardens
in the Yemen and there is evidence to suggest that
coffee trees were cultivated about 1000 years ago.