Where Did Coffee Come From

We all love coffee, it's how most of us start our mornings and get through the day. But where did the first coffee beans come from and when?

Well, America's favorite beverage actually comes from before the current era, "many years ago in a [country] far, far away". 

Yes, you guessed it, the Gregorian calendar notation of B.C. and B.C.E. actually stands for "Before Coffee" and "Before the Coffee Era". Not really, but it's what we believe at Black Ink Coffee Company.

The Dancing Goats

According to legend, in 700 A.D., an Ethiopian goat herder (Kaldi) discovered the wonders of coffee when his flock grew restless and wouldn’t go to sleep. In fact, it was reported that his goats were acting quite strange and dancing throughout the night.

Curious, he discovered that his flock had been eating the cherries of coffee trees. Kaldi decided to take these cherries to a monk, to share his findings. 

While it is unclear how it happened, Kaldi and the monk discovered the amazing coffee aroma we know today when these cherries were thrown into a fire. This story cannot be proven, but it has been confirmed that coffee beans did in fact originate from Ethiopia and spread to the rest of the world from there.

The Evolution of Coffee

These cherries then traveled across the water to Yemen, in a place called Mocha (yes, that is where the term comes from). This is where the coffee extraction process first began to bloom, when a man decided to roast and then boil the beans which resulted in the first known cup of coffee! 

At some point, these beans spread to Europe which eventually sparked a social revolution. Coffee houses (cafes) began to appear all over Europe, acting as a social hub where people would meet up and share the latest news. Some people even claim that this network of cafes was the first internet.

When our ancestors came to North America, they naturally brought coffee beans with them and continued to evolve the coffee industry we know today!

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