Our relationship with coffee is believed by some to have started in 9th-century Ethiopia. The story goes that a young goatherd named Kahlid noticed that his goats were behaving strangely after eating the fruits of particular trees. “When Kahlid himself picked up and ate the fruits, he felt the same ecstatic feelings,” Mesfin Tadesse writes in Ethiopia: Home of Arabica Coffee – Early Use, Folklore, Coffee Ceremony, Origin and Biology. According to the story, Kahlid went home to share the news with his wife, who advised him to tell the local sheikh. The religious leader threw the berries into the ...


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