HOW WAS COFFEE DISCOVERED
There are many legends which portray the origin of coffee drinking.
One 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.
A 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.
Although 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.
Nearly all experts agree that Ethopia is where the coffee tree originated. Coffee is said to been discovered anywhere from 300 to 900 AD.
In Turkey, this "Turkish Delight" is introduced to its people.
Coffee is introduced to Venice.
The French begin to savor the flavor of coffee.
Vienna & England join the European bandwagon's love for coffee.
Coffee makes the journey from Europe to America
Coffee appears on American breakfast tables.
Italian World traveler Giovanni Francesco Gemellis Careri leaves from Naples to Egypt, Turkey & Persia and discovered coffee and make record of it in letters back to Italy.
Just a few years before the American Revolution, coffee was making its debut & becoming an acceptable replacement to the tea that King George started taxing. In protest to this high tax, there was The Boston Tea Party, and people started drinking more coffee.
Around the same time the Europeans attracted customers with hot drinks & books, games, & even musical performers. It was 1732 Johann Sebatian Bach who wrote "Coffee antata" calling it "The most precious of bliss's".
In the United States over 50% of all coffee is consumed at breakfast. An estimated over 50 countries grow excess of 8 billion pounds. 45 million cups are brewed everyday.