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Who Discovered Coffee? (May 2019)

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Have you ever held a cup of coffee in your hand, raised it to your mouth for that first sip, breathed in the heady aromas – and wondered just where the heck did this magical brew actually come from?

Today we’re going to peel back the mists of time and take a look at one of them. Step back with us now to the rich grazing plains of Ethiopia, and say hello to a goat herder named Kaldi.
 

The Myth – And The “Truth”

But first, a confession. No one actually knows the true origin of coffee. Wait, wait – don’t stop reading! It’s still fun to explore the stories!

So, in this short article we’re going to take a look at the classic Ethiopian story of the origin of coffee. Next time we’ll take a look at what anthropologists and food historians believe about the origin of coffee. But first…
 

The Myth
One day Kaldi (remember him? Goat herder from thousands of years ago?) Was out grazing his herd of goats on the slopes of a hill, in the shadow of a monastery. Now, we are not experts on goats or being a goat herder. But we’re guessing it was probably a pretty dull job. That far out in the sticks, he probably couldn’t even get reception to check out his Instragram posts and pass the time a little faster.  
 
But this day was a little different. On this day, as Kaldi looked on, thoroughly stunned, as he saw that his goats seemed to have gone crazy. They were jumping around, bleating loudly and running in circles.
 
Kind of sounds like a caffeine high, right?
 
Exactly! Kaldi saw that the goats had been nibbling at some bright red cherries growing on a shrub near the monastery. Giving in to his natural curiosity, and as we mentioned probably being bored out of his mind, Kaldi popped a few cherries into his mouth.
 
We bet you can guess what happened next. Kaldi was filled with a rush of energy and clarity of thought. Kaldi had in fact found a shrub that was growing coffee cherries, the lucky guy, and he was the first human to experience the uplifting qualities of caffeine.
 
Stuffing his pockets with as many cherries as he could, he sprinted off toward the monastery to share this incredible discovery, surely a gift from the heavens?

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Kaldi was certain that he would be welcomed as a hero for discovering what was surely a gift from God himself.
 
Unfortunately, Kaldi dropped the ball with that assumption.
 
Rather than being excited to see him, the monks were angry. They proclaimed the coffee cherries to be the work of the devil, not of God, and angrily threw them into the fire.
 
Which might be a slight overreaction. An overexcited goat herder brings you some magic cherries, and your reaction is to sneer and throw them in the fire? That’s just mean.
 

Idiot Monks Accidentally Invent Roasted Coffee

Ironically though, the fire is what saved the coffee cherries from being lost to history. The smell of the roasting coffee was enough to make the monks pause and consider if they had been a little hasty here, throwing this poor guy's discovery into the fire.

Given the enticing smell, they pulled the now roasted beans out of the fire, and threw them into a pot of water to cool. The monks saw how the roasted beans turned the water a mysterious black color, whilst amplifying that amazing aroma.
 
The monks took a sip of the hot, black water – and the art of drinking coffee was born!
 

Cool Story, Bro! It is, right? But is it truthful?
 
Well… probably not, no. For one thing, the story of Kaldi and his coffee beans is only recorded in writing for the first time in around 1670, many hundreds of years after people in Ethiopia and the surrounding area had started to brew and drink coffee as we know it today.
 
Instead, anthropologists think coffee began to be grown as a crop in Ethiopia as early as the 9th Century. But back in the day, it was roasted, ground up and then mixed with Ghee (a kind of purified butter) and eaten, rather than drank. Eating your coffee in Ghee is still a popular way to consume it in parts of Ethiopia even up to today.
 
It was not until the 13th century that historical documents show that coffee made it’s way to the Middle East and the Mediterranean, probably via early trade routes. It was here that the ground coffee beans were boiled in water, initially as a medicine and eventually as a delicious drink. Check back later and we’ll explore some of the other coffee origin myths.

 

Kaya Kopi on Other Platforms (September 2018)

We are excited to have been expanding our distribution channels this year. We are now available through eBay, Walmart and Amazon. We are proud to have received a majority of 5 star reviews on all three platforms. Customer service is our priority. Remember, if you have any questions or comments, please reach out at contact@kayakopi.com.

Kaya Kopi Expert Review (July 2018)

We were happy to be reviewed as the best kopi luwak by Benji the expert "Coffee Concierge".

From Benji:

As I mentioned in the video review, Kaya Kopi is definitely the best Kopi Luwak coffee I’ve tried to-date. Not only this, but the coffee is produced humanely and is 100% organic and fair trade certified.

For these reasons alone, Kaya Kopi would be my top recommendation if you or someone you know is looking to experience Kopi Luwak coffee.

 

TRT World Documentary (June 2018)

We had the opportunity to team up with TRT World International to create a documentary about the making of Kaya Kopi Luwak. We invited TRT to come to our farm to observe firsthand our commitment to animal welfare and the environment.  The filmmakers did an incredible job and we are excited to see the final product at the end of the year. Stay tuned!

 

We Went to School... (April 2018)

At Kaya Kopi, we think education is an essential part of enjoying your cup of Joe. Therefore, we were excited to share some of our knowledge with one of our customer's daycare center. For example, did you know that coffee is one of the world's most valuable commodities! It's estimated that the worldwide coffee industy is worth over 100 billion dollars.  And as we mentioned above, coffee beans are not a bean at all. They are fruit pits. This helped the students understand Kopi Luwak. We explained how the civets eat the coffee cherry and then the remains are cleaned and turned into coffee! They were excited to give it a try!