The journey of coffee from being discovered to being the second most favorite drink of the modern world is full of adventures and filled with intrigues. It all started somewhere around 850 when an Ethiopian herdsman named Kaldi watched his goats going ‘baaaaah’ after eating some berries. The coffee berry was discovered that day. When Kaldi tasted the berries, he felt awed by them and thought these were sent by heaven for the happiness of people. Soon, the berries traveled to nearby Galla tribe who mixed it with ghee and made it into a power bar. Their soldiers marched in battles with full energy after consuming those bars.
In 1000, Avicenna Bukhara, a physician, and philosopher wrote about medicinal properties of coffee (which the world is researching now). In 1100 or so, the coffee touched the land of modern-day Yemen. They cultivated the plant and boiled the beans in water and created an uplifting drink. In 1453, the coffee was presented to Constantinople with added cinnamon and clove. In 1511, the coffee faced ban in Mecca and riots broke out. In 1757, tea became England’s favorite drink after defeating ale, gin, and coffee. In 1818, the first ever coffee percolator was invented by a Persian metalsmith. And soon the world’s love for coffee grew and new inventions took place year after year. In 1971, the world-famous coffee café Starbucks was founded and the rest is history. With all the gratitude, let’s raise our cups to all those unsung heroes who helped made coffee what it is today.