History of Coffee
“As rich as the beverage itself, a history dating back for more than a thousand years”
“According to a lore, after consuming red cherries from a particular shrub a goat herder noticed that his herd become livelier and more energetic.”
“It is believed that coffee once saved a man life”
“It is believed that coffee came to India through a pilgrim who got it from a sacred holy land”
According to a popular belief the origin of coffee is the Horn of Africa. It was used by the native tribes as a source of energy. The warriors in the tribe would make a paste of coffee and consume it with animal fat before battles. The beverage has also had religious and mythical association owing to its stimulating properties. It was a drink associated with doctors and the clergy and earned a mystical reputation. But this is not the only lore associated to the origin of coffee.
According to a famous lore, a group of monks once saw a goat herder dancing his herd. Upon inspection they found out that goats became friskier after eating the wild red cherries from a shrub. Curious the herder tried it and the stimulating and ecstatic effect of coffee made him dance. The monks then adopted coffee and started using these wild berries by boiling them to stay awake during ceremonial nights.
Another lore speaks about a man in exile hearing a voice instructing him to consume the fruit of a particular shrub in the middle of desert. When he was unable to soften the beans in water, he drank the liquid which instantly energised him. He took this as a sign from God and started spreading the recipe and the story of the mystical liquid that saved his life.
It is also believed that coffee cultivation started in Arabia’s Yemen province around the 15th century. For a long time, this province was the only source of coffee and the authorities wanted to keep it that way. But as time passed, the plant left the ports of Mocha and was bought to India by travelling pilgrims.
Coffee found its way into Europe from Venice. European merchants traded perfumes, teas, fabrics and dyes with Arabic merchants. These merchants got accustomed to coffee because of their Arabic counterparts and bought coffee plants to Europe. Later, the drink gained popularity as the street vendors showed their interest in the beverage and started selling it.