I am from a small country in the Horn of Africa called Eritrea. Less than 20 years ago it was part of Ethiopia. And it is from this part of the world that coffee was discovered and dispersed throughout the world. So this beverage is dear to my heart and heritage!
The myth goes:
A goat herder by the name of Kaldi discovered the energizing effect of the coffee plant in the hills of Ethiopia when one day his goats began chewing on the red berries and then became ‘jumping goats’.
He took the beans to a holy man who disapproved of the beans and threw them into a fire. The beans let out an aroma the goat herder could not resist. He collected the roasted beans from the embers, ground them up and added them to hot water.
The world had its first cup of coffee!