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Coffee Traditions

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Good morning to all of you out there! So today I thought I’d write about coffee traditions…a little look back into the past. Where does coffee actually come from and how did it become such a modern fashion drink…

Coffee is much more than the daily caffeine beverage you consume. You often enjoy coffee with your friends, family or colleagues, whether it is in a coffee shop or at your work place during a break. Coffee makes people come together, it makes us laugh and talk together, it connects us. Isn’t that something beautiful?

So where does it come from?

The history of coffee goes at least as far back as the thirteenth century with a number of myths surrounding its first use. The original native population of coffee could have come from Ethiopia, Sudan or Kenya, and it was cultivated by Arabs from the 14th century.

Now, if you are standing in line waiting for your Starbucks Caramel Coffee…you are part of tradition that is thousands of years old…and which is now in our modern world a mere whisper which mysteriously surrounds us as we follow our daily routine.

How did the people back then enjoy their caffeine?

The Americas were not among the first countries to enjoy this beverage and the English word “coffee” derived from the Dutch word “koffee”. But one of the first countries to use this energizing bean was Ethiopia.

Another possibly apocryphal account involves a 9th-century Ethiopian goat-herder, Kaldi, who, noticing the energizing effects when his flock nibbled on the bright red berries of a certain bush, chewed on the fruit himself. His exhilaration prompted him to bring the berries to a Monk in a nearby monastery. But the monk disapproved of their use and threw them into the fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed and the monks came out to investigate. The roasted beans were quickly raked from the embers, ground up and dissolved in hot water, yielding the world’s first cup of coffee. The story is first known to appear in writing in 1671, and thus may be fanciful.

So we are all enjoying a treat some sheep found some thousand years ago πŸ˜‰ Kind of explains my unconditional love for those cute animals…

 

 

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