Did you know that it was a goat herder who discovered coffee?
According to legend it was said that coffee was discovered by Khalid a legendary Ethiopian and a goat herder in Ethiopia in around 850AD.
He saw his goats eating coffee cherries. Afterwards, he observed a change in their behavior. They gained a high amount of energy and they didn’t sleep at night. The herder shared his findings with local monks and then after they made a drink with coffee beans, they realized they could stay up all night and pray. Then, they spread the word to other Ethiopian monks and it reached across the civilized world.
The Perfect Daily Grind write that many experts say that Ethiopia is the only place that coffee grew natively and the apocryphal story of Kaldi is told over and over. They also point out that while this story is fun, in all actuality, it was likely that the people of the nomadic Oromo people first discovered the coffee plant and its invigorating properties. Many such stories about the origin of coffee are apocryphal and its actual discovery is something of much speculation.