Kaldi's Delicious Discovery
Kaldi's Delicious Discovery!
I find it hard to start my day without a big cup of coffee.
No one knows the actual origin of coffee, however it is believed its history started in Ethiopia. Legend says Kaldi, a goat herder, in the medieval kingdom of Kaffa, discovered coffee plants in 850 A.D. His goats after eating the coffee berries had extreme energy. Kaldi informed local monks about the berries who proceeded to make a drink out of the berries.
From these humble beginnings coffee eventually spread throughout the world
Coffee has actually been more important in my life than just waking me up. For several years, while working for Obsidian Group, I oversaw the construction and opening of multiple Coffee Culture® cafes. These coffee cafes were modeled on a European tradition of coffee houses that date back hundreds of years. Even after leaving Obsidian Group, coffee was still in my future. I spent a year in China working with a friend, Will Du, who owned a coffee machine manufacturing company. His Java® store front location was initially mainly a showcase for his machines. I developed this location in Hangzhou into a café concept which he has subsequently opened in several other locations in China. Eve4n in China where tea reigns supreme coffee is making inroads,
Coffee Houses have always been meeting and gathering places where people come to relax and discuss issues of the day. Coffee is so ingrained in our lives that it is strange to think that it was at times considered a dangerous drug. Throughout history there have been several attempts to outright ban or illegalize coffee, some for religious and other for political reasons. The five most documented instances, in history, that nearly banned coffee and could have altered the very drink so many of us enjoy each day are:Mecca and Islam
The Ottoman Empire
More on Coffee, and Coffee Milestones throughout history in coming posts.