Let the story take you on an exotic journey to the origins of where great tasting coffee begins.
Chapter I
Kaldi, a goatherd in the Ethiopian highlands, was the first to discover coffee after noticing that his goats, upon eating some mysterious berries from a certain tree became spirited and sleepless at night.
Kaldi reported enthusiastically about his findings to an abbot in a local monastery, who made a drink with the berries and discovered energizing sensations from this mysterious drink. Soon the invigorating effects of the powerful fruit began to spread. With time, it reached the Arabian Peninsula and this is where the journey begins.
Chapter II
The Arabs started cultivating this precious fruit and also trading it. With the passing of time, coffee was getting known on the Yemeni district of Arabia, Persia, Egypt, Syria and Turkey.
Coffee was not only drank in homes but also in many public coffee houses; called "qahveh khaneh", which began to appear in cities across the Near East. The popularity of the coffee houses was growing for all kinds of social activity. Not only did they drink coffee and engage in conversation, but they also listened to music, watched performers, played chess and kept current on the news of the day. In fact, they quickly became such an important center for the exchange of information that the coffee houses were often referred to as 'Schools of the Wise.'
Chapter III
European travelers brought back stories of the unusual dark black beverage. In the 17th century, coffee was becoming popular across the European continent. Opponents were overly cautious, calling the beverage the "bitter invention of Satan". In 1615 a local clergy from Venice condemned it. The Pope Clement VIII decided to intervene with tasting the bitter invention of Satan for himself. He found the drink so satisfying that he gave it Papal approval.
Disputing such controversy in the major cities of England, Austria, France, Germany and Holland, coffee houses were quickly becoming centers of social activity and communication, and many businesses grew out of these specialized centers.
Chapter IV
In the mid-1600's, coffee was brought to New Amsterdam, a location later called New York by the British. Though coffee were growing in numbers, tea continued to be the favored drink in the New World until 1773 when the colonists revolted against a heavy tax on tea imposed by King George. The revolt, known as the Boston Tea Party, would forever change the American drinking preference to coffee.